- Artist: John William Gordon
- Format: CD
- Release Date:3/17/2009
Instrumentation John William Gordon - electric guitar Gabe Davis - acoustic bass Rick Rivera - drums (6 tracks) Rob Rhodes - drums (4 tracks) Live & Recording When John William Gordon's trio plays live, they play original compositions and also spontaneously composes pieces. John's trio took this spirit and approach into Fantasy Recording Studios for it's second CD. In the recording studio, each take of John's compositions differed, sometimes drastically, as in "Back Room Flow," in which the unplanned spontaneous unison-pulsing of the electric guitar and bass after the guitar solo beckoned an unplanned drum solo. The trio had never before included a drum solo when playing Back Room Flow (even on their 2008 SXSW tour or other studio takes), but John put this take with the drum solo on the CD. The three fully spontaneously recorded pieces in the studio were just that -- spontaneous -- no planning or discussion of any kind, not key, theme or even who'd start. The engineer said, "rolling," and the trio remained quiet until one of them started playing. They actually recorded six spontaneous tunes but only three made it onto the CD: Big Trippy, It Compels You and Low Tide Happens - all of which John titled after the recording. John's trio prefers zero information for it's spontaneous composing, unlike some groups that prefer a stated theme before playing. His band members strive to listen to each other and let solos and duos emerge rather assuming everyone must play constantly. This intent listening and shaping comes through on the CD. Discography CD (2009): 'Technot' CD (2006): 'John William Gordon' Biographies John William Gordon grew up and resides in Oakland, part of the San Francisco, California Bay Area. He started playing guitar at age 14 after becoming obsessed with recordings of Mahavishnu Orchestra. In college he fixated on the music of Charlie Parker, Lester Young and Thelonious Monk. Many jazz, free, rock, punk and classical players inspired him. He still plays in a piano-less Monk cover band. Along the way he studied guitar with Harry Andrew (a graduate of New England Conservatory) and Adam Levy (long before his stint with Norah Jones) and learned much in Attila Zoller's Vermont workshops with Jim Hall and others. John's first CD includes a Finalist track in the 2007 International Song Competition's (ISC) jazz competition judged by Ornette Coleman and John Scofield, two Semi-Finalist tracks in 2006 ISC's instrumental category, another track nominated in the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards jazz category, plus tracks receiving other kudos. As one fan put it: 'I am a local jazz guitar player, and was thoroughly impressed by your style. I live right between New York and Philly, and have heard some of the best players in the world, but I hadn't heard anything quite like your playing.... I hear everything from Monk to Ornette Coleman to Led Zeppelin in it. I heard your CD while traveling on Friday morning 2/24 between 9 and 10 am. ...Rutgers college station (WRSU) played your entire CD without interruption.' Eric D., NJ, USA Gabe Davis grew up in a musical family and didn't have much choice about becoming a musician. He settled on bass after a dispute in a Green Day cover band. He's since played in jazz, rock, funk and techno bands and even classical orchestras. Music takes Gabe throughout the U.S. and Europe. (He hates to mention this, but Gabe graduated with a degree in music from Stanford University.) Gabe played a different acoustic bass in our two recording sessions and sometimes bows like a bat out of hell. Rick Rivera of San Francisco, California plays drums in an unusual melodic style and is always ready to follow a tune's vibe if it shifts. Rick also recorded with avant garde pianist Thollem McDonas and several other unusual musicians. Rick's Boston accent sometimes sneaks out after he's had a few. Rob Rhodes lives in Oakland, California. He stays busy playing jazz, R&B, funk and even heavy metal in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the USA. Rob always plays with deep passion regardless of the style and goes with the flow.
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