WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE (2011)

 


A raw, powerful, intimate live document of the Bryan Beller Band 2010 touring lineup playing a 45-minute set at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles, plus two bonus tracks from other shows. Featuring: Rick Musallam (guitar), Griff Peters (guitar), Mike Keneally (keyboards & guitar), Bryan Beller (bass), Joe Travers (drums).


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Bassist/composer and sideman extraordinaire (Dethklok, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally) Bryan Beller’s first live album, Wednesday Night Live, is a raw, in-your-face, up-close-and-personal recording of Beller’s 2010 live band at the world famous Baked Potato in Los Angeles, and a serious statement from an artist who’s quickly establishing himself as one of the elite bass playing and compositional voices in the rock/jazz fusion scene today. 

It started modestly, with Beller’s band opening for longtime compatriot Mike Keneally’s band using the same five musicians (including themselves) for five shows in the Northeast. The plan was for the Keneally/Beller “They’re Both The Same Band” tour to then hit the west coast, but scheduling got sticky. “We were able to confirm one date that worked for everyone: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at The Baked Potato,” says Beller, who turns 40 this May. “And I said, screw it, let’s record it and see what happens. This is what happened.” 

The album is Beller’s 6-song, 45-minute live set from the tour, plus bonus material consisting of a performance of View from the WesFest 2 benefit concert, and a rowdy, live-to-two-track rendition of “Cave Dweller” from the Thanks In Advance record release gig. 

Beller already has two critically acclaimed studio releases under his belt: 2003’s View (“A solo album so good it makes you wonder why he bothered doing anything else.” – Bill Leigh, Bass Player ) and 2008’s Thanks in Advance (“A bonafide entry for bass album of the year.” – Chris Jisi, Bass Player). With a collection of intricately composed, multi-track layered tunes in his repertoire, and a true touring band for the first time in his career, Beller saw the issue of live vs. studio arrangements as a balancing act. 

“I see myself as a rock/jazz fusion artist, with the rock part coming first. And I remember going to see Pink Floyd shows and wanting to see them honor the songs and individual parts I loved so much, while at the same time digging it when they stretched out in certain spots. That’s the balance I wanted the band to strike. So you’ll hear little parts and even some solos of mine that stay close to the record version, because I consider them a part of the song to some extent, and I want to honor that. But there’s also a lot of room to push the boundaries when we want to, and having such great players and friends in the band – guys I know and trust deeply, like Rick, Griff, Joe and Mike – just makes those moments extra special.” 

Though there’s plenty of intensity in the funk/fusion workouts “Greasy Wheel” and “Seven Percent Grade” (to say nothing of the emotional low-to-high rollercoaster segue of “Life Story” and “Get Things Done”), Beller’s landmark ten-minute composition “Love Terror Adrenaline/Break Through” stands out as the set’s high point. “We’re talking about a studio cut with tons of tracks and layers and overdubs, and an impossibly complex melody played by Mike Keneally, and we condensed it into a five-piece arrangement that I’m quite proud of. The band played their asses off on that. They played their asses off all night. That’s why I wanted to put this out – because I think the way they played this material really deserves to be heard.” 

released April 1, 2011 

The Bryan Beller Band: 

Rick Musallam – guitar (left channel) 
Griff Peters – guitar (right channel) 
Mike Keneally – keys (lead guitar on “Love Terror Adrenaline” only) 
Bryan Beller – bass 
Joe Travers – drums 

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Produced by Bryan Beller 

Recorded by Tim Pinch on 9/15/10 at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles, CA 
except “Cave Dweller” – recorded live to two-track by Dave Foster at the 
Thanks in Advance CD release party on 1/22/09 at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles, CA 
and “View” – recorded by Tim Pinch at the WesFest 2 benefit concert on 3/6/07 
at The Gig in Los Angeles, CA 

Mixed and edited by Mark Niemiec at Muggytone Studio, Nashville, TN 
* except “Cave Dweller” – post-production by Dave Foster (CA) and Mark Niemiec (TN) 
Mastered by Dan Shike at Tone And Volume Mastering, Nashville, TN 

All songs written by Bryan Beller 
© 2003 (tracks 3, 6, 7), © 2008 (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 8) Panorama Ataraxia Music BMI 
* except “Thanks In Advance” by Bryan Beller © 2008 Panorama Ataraxia Music BMI/Mike Keneally © 2008 Spen Music BMI/Griff Peters © 2008 Pointy Peak Music BMI/Joe Travers © 2008 Traversisms Music BMI. 

CD booklet design and layout by Mike Mesker 

Photography by Matt Urban/Mobius New Media, Frank Teger, and Michael Mesker 

** Band line up for “View” only: 

Griff Peters – lead guitar 
Rick Musallam – rhythm guitar 
Kira Small – Rhodes 
Bryan Beller – piano 
Pete Griffin – bass 
Joe Travers – drums 

(c) 2011 Onion Boy Records, All Rights Reserved

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And here it is, the cover of the fourth Aristocrats studio album, "You Know What...?". Release date is set for June 28! More details below...Our fourth studio album, “You Know What…?” is complete! This might just be our most ambitious release yet. During the writing and recording of this album we feel like we inspired each other as songwriters and musicians to do things we've never done before as a band. Yet still, it's totally, completely an Aristocrats album. We think it may be the coolest thing we've done yet and we can’t wait for you to hear it! “You Know What…?” will be released on June 28th, with pre-sales available in early June. Whether you prefer a physical product, digital download or streaming, we’ve got you covered. And continuing our Aristocratic tradition of illustrated artwork, Graphic Artist Hajo Müller has created this awesome cover art for us. We’ll be sharing some audio clips and other details with you soon so make sure you check in on us here, or if you want to be certain you’ll receive news of everything Aristocrats-related you can sign up to our mailing list: www.reverbnation.com/page_object/join_mailing_list/artist_6281141 ... See MoreSee Less

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Many more Aristocrats North America tour dates just announced! Southeast, Texas, Southwest, this is for you....This is the post many of you have been waiting for. Phase 2 of our North America tour!! Here are the dates (with a couple more yet to be announced):

09-Aug, Asheville, Isis Music Hall
10-Aug, Nashville, City Winery
11-Aug, Atlanta, Aisle5
14-Aug, Orlando, SoundBar
15-Aug, Boca Raton, Funky Biscuit
16-Aug, Tampa, Brass Mug
17-Aug, Jacksonville, Nighthawk's
19-Aug, New Orleans / Metarie, Southport Hall
21-Aug, Houston, Scout Bar
22-Aug, San Antonio, Sam's Burger Joint
23-Aug, Austin, The Dirty Dog
24-Aug, McKinney, Guitar Sanctuary
27-Aug, Albuquerque, Launchpad
29-Aug, Phoenix, Club Red
30-Aug, Mexicali, Bol Bol
31-Aug, San Diego (Ramona), Ramona MainStage

The excellent Travis Larson Band will be opening for us at all of these shows. Full details and ticket links will be available soon at the-aristocrats-band.com
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Guess what? Michael Manring will be a guest instructor at The Aristocamp! I've been a fan and admirer of Michael for so many years - one of the few *truly* unique voices on the instrument. He does so many things I could never dream of doing - it's almost like he bends time and physics on the bass! And it's always in a beautiful, shimmering manner. Plus, his mental/spiritual approach is very enlightening. It's my honor to have him joining our little shindig up near Woodstock, NY on June 18-21. Please go to www.aristocamp.com for more information! ... See MoreSee Less

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