Bruce Arnold—Guitars, Ratzo B. Harris—Bass, Tony Moreno—Drums,
guitarist Bruce Arnold's new release "Give ’Em Some" (Muse Eek 116)
Rock, Funk, Jazz, and 20th Century Classical music combine to create a
sound that seems familiar, yet is actually remarkably different.
Arnold has built his reputation on his critically acclaimed
explorations into twelve-tone structure. He now presents a CD of music
that is both muscular and intellectual, bringing together the
interactive nature of jazz with the hard driving groove of rock and the
bracing, bittersweet flavor of post modern classical sounds. The three
musicians, Bruce Arnold, Ratzo B. Harris on bass, and Tony Moreno on
drums and percussion have played together for 10 years. They negotiate
this landscape with grace and passion, and Bruce lets loose with the
fiery inspiration that has made him one of New York’s established
artists. On first hearing "Give 'Em Some" a listener might not focus on
the stringent form that went into this set of 6 compositions for trio.
The pieces, made more accessible by blues or rock structures may sound
simpler than Mr. Arnold's previous work. "The challenge was that I was
soloing over some pretty shifty twelve tone based chord patterns, and
rocking out at the same time," says Bruce. "But I really let loose on
The Tracks: "Blues for Arnie" is a piece dedicated to the seminal
composer Arnold Schoenberg. Not strictly a blues, it nonetheless
embodies the energy and emotion that the blues has brought to American
music. The title track, "Give 'Em Some" is an extremely intricate chord
progression supported by a strong and funky groove. Tony Moreno's
astonishing final drum solo distills technique and passion into a
crescendo of excitement. "Smoke" journeys into the bluesy wah-wah land
of Jimi Hendrix, the great artist and innovator, whose influence lurks
in the playing of all electric guitarists. "Time Line" is an extended
rock ballad reminiscent of Jeff Beck, another guitar icon. Along with
delving into the richness of 12 tone harmonies the tune also explores
the time relationships of 4 against 3 and metric modulation.
"Techtonic" is reminiscent of Bruce’s early work with a deep harmonic
palette, contrapuntal lines and interesting 12 tone vamps. "Rush" is a
pastiche of groove and a gamut of evocative electronic guitar sounds
with bookends of effects processed solo work. "Funky Timeline
Breakdown" uses the bass line from "Time Line" as a vehicle for soloing
"I loved soloing over that one!" says Bruce.
Blues for Arnie
Give 'Em Some
Foggy Timeline Breakdown
The charts for all compositions listed above are included in this
download except Foggy Timeline Breakdown which was an in-studio jam on
the TimeLine groove. This download also contains a video of Bruce
Arnold Trio playing the composition Smoke.
CD/Charts/Video available for immediate download for customers.
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