Link to two additional tracks not found on the album
Tight, beautiful, impossible to shake... a montage of funk tropicale, bop fills and psychedelic revisionism.
Well, if you want to ride that jet pony around the world, you must have percussion... and JG has enlisted the services of a superb squad here: Robby Rothschild, Dave Bryant, Ron Wagner, Mark Clark, and Ryan Anthony. Anthony sets down a great bottom end on Track 11, "Cat's Eye", a moody number that sits on the edge of a rumba, leaves you with the sense of crossing a tropic. A relaxed, natural groove. A leaving & an arriving. Excellent. Drums are the first and last signals of civilization.
When he decides to, JG can climb out of the manhole, show you that the bass is a lot more than a juke thump in the night. Bass as lead -- this cat can lay it down like a black glove with chopped fingers on the throttle. Consider 10. "Under Cover of Darkness". Dynamite groove, cybernetics. Like low contour flying in a chopper... following the canyons, following the coast. Bass as lead, something Jon Gagan excels at... and we ain't talkin' about a Jaco pedal either. In his autobio, Sting talks about "the cult of the bass". Cult? What could he mean? Listen to this track and you'll know.
from the CultureCourt.com review
|2.||Some Kind of Jazz||4:51|
|4.||Night and Time||5:29|
|10.||Under Cover of Darkness||5:41|
Writing + Publishing
All music written and arranged by Jon Gagan. Published by Luna Negra Music/BMI and administered by Holland Walk Muse.
Producer: Jon Gagan
Engineer: Jon Gagan
Studio: The Electric Company, Santa Fe
Mastering: Jon Gagan @ The Electric Company, Santa Fe
Mixed by: Jon Gagan
Mix Medium: Digital
Record Medium: Digital
Jon Gagan - Bass, Keyboards
Bert Dalton - Rhodes Piano
John Bartlit - Vibraphone, Marimba
Rob Wilkerson - Alto Saxophone
Robby Rothschild - Kora, Djembe, Cajon, Percussion
Ottmar Liebert - Flamenco Guitar (1, 4 solo, 5, 10,13)
Calvin Hazen - Flamenco Guitar (4, 8), Palmas
Lewis Winn - Electric Guitar (5, 6, 8, 9, 13)
Joe Gagan - Electric Guitar (2, 3, 12)
Dave Bryant - Drums (1, 2, 4, 9, 12), Congas, Shekere, Percussion, Loops
Ryan Anthony - Drums (3, 6, 11, 13), Loops
Ron Wagner - Drums (7, 8), Tabla, Pandiero, Percussion
Mark Clark - Bongos, Percussion
Chris Ishee - Synth Solo (2)
Dan Borton - Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Ward - Flamenco Guitar (7)
Yiyi Orozco - Cajón (8), Palmas
Nancy Gagan - Vocal Effects
Jon Gagan uses Lakland basses, SWR Amplification, D'Addario Strings and the B-Band Statement acoustic pickup system.
Design by Susan Hyde Holmes
Photography - Ottmar Liebert