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Click Track Jazz: Slave to The Machine, Vol. 1


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Click Track jazz vol 1 are 2 CDs of improvised music featuring new compositions by Sean Wayland. The CDs feature Drummers Mark Guiliana, Keith Carlock, Jochen Rueckert and Andrew Gander. Bass players Jeff Hanley, Matt Penman and Matt Clohesy. Guitarists Wayne Krantz, James Muller, Michael Valenue and Nate Wood. Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and vocalist Kristen Berardi. Sean wayland plays piano and various keyboards. A few of the tracks feature music performed by computer controlled instruments. Some of the music is totally electronic and some of it is totally acoustic. Some of the music uses patches conceived by Sean which allow the keyboard player to use the keys of the synthesizer in a non traditional manner. This allows previously unplayable music performable in real time. These two CDs are the latest in a long line (over 15) of albums Sean has created in the past 20 years. The music was recorded in 2011 and 2012 at a few sessions at Avatar studios and Systems Two. The bands were recorded by Aya Takemura and Mike Marciano. Most of the mixing and mastering was done by Sean Wayland with help along the way by Nate Wood.

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SYDNEY-BORN pianist-composer and bandleader Sean Wayland, after playing and recording in Australia, relocated to New York in 1999 and has since appeared on more than 40 recordings, 16 as bandleader. He has toured extensively in the US, Europe, Japan, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia, and worked with many internationally renowned artists including Madeleine Peyroux, Wayne Krantz, Jochen Rueckert, James Muller, Matt Penman, Dale Barlow, Phil Slater and a host of others. Wayland's individualistic approach has evolved from his appreciation of influential recordings such as Herbie Hancock's Thrust and John Scofield's Blue Matter. He feels strongly that funk rhythms and electric instruments are fully worthy of serious exploration and in these two collections has created his own programs on a computer-based Nord Modular G2X synthesiser, as well as adding a bewildering range of keyboards, from a Steinway piano to an Oberheim Xpander. The instrumentation goes from solo piano on Solo Piece to several quintet-sized tracks, adding guitar and tenor sax to Wayland's trio. In all, 17 musicians contribute. The opening track on Vol 1, Belt Parkway, with its swirling synths, darting acoustic piano and clever rhythmic syncopations from drummer Mark Guiliana, sets the scene. Guiliana plays often with Wayland, who believes the two have developed a unique way of playing together and that Guiliana has revolutionised improvised drumming. More of a bop flavour surfaces on Boxing Day, with greater use of the piano and a flashing solo from Muller's guitar plus an energy-stoker from Donny McCaslin on tenor. Volume 2 has a unique take on John Coltrane's Giant Steps, as Wayland improvises on synth over Guiliana's pulsing, constantly inventive rhythms. An atmospheric synth wash opens QY70, named after the Yamaha instrument used, again with Guiliana's drumming and with bassist Matt Penman, while totally different personnel appear for a quartet's jaggedly staccato Superarc, featuring bassist Jeff Hanley. Since Volume 2 mostly consists of trio tracks, greater interest and variety is contained on Volume 1, which includes Australian vocalist Kristin Berardi in a duo with piano and synth effects on a serene Devotional, constructed with unusually effective harmonies. Guitarist Krantz features on Marshmallows, powering a Pat Metheny-like solo against Wayland's alternatively floating, then stabbing, synth. Although Wayland says he wanted to straddle multiple styles, he hasn't quite achieved the variety he intended, despite the participation of numerous talented players and his vast technique and exploratory agility. The over-use of electronica detracts from this otherwise impressive collection. --The Australian

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  • Audio CD (September 10, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SEED Music
  • ASIN: B009JUV3FI
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