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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2 days ago

Bryan Beller

WHAT'S *YOUR* CONCEPT ALBUM? It's Sunday so let's take a hard left turn here: When I ask that question, "concept album" is a metaphor for "that thing you always wanted to do". Maybe you're working on it now, maybe you're trying to figure out how to start it. Maybe you did it already, and if so, that's great. I'm not even just talking about music here. Could be anything.

I say this because of what I'm experiencing and realizing as it sinks in that "Scenes From The Flood" is complete and released. I suspected somewhere inside that this was really the record I wanted to make for my entire life. But now that it's really out there, it's no longer a suspicion. It feels like a noise that's been in my head for years - decades? - has been replaced by a quiet calm. It's kind of amazing.

And then I thought: Surely everyone has (or had) something like this in their head. Why not kick that up for discussion on a Sunday?

We'll have plenty of time to talk about the record going forward, and more press is coming up this week. Also, I know not everyone has heard it yet, and no one has the vinyl yet! So, plenty more SFTF excitement to come.

I remain profoundly grateful for the incredible feedback thus far. 🙂

-BB

P.S. This pic was captured not far from the album front and back cover shots, which were taken at roughly the same time of day just under three years ago.
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Bryan Beller

YOUR THOUGHTS ON RELEASE DAY + 1: I've said plenty about "Scenes From The Flood". Now it's your turn. If you've got it, and you've heard it, sound off! As they said back in the day, open thread.

This moonrise pic was taken last night, as I tried to absorb the feeling of knowing the album was finally out there, and how incredibly gracious and awesome everyone's reactions have been so far. Saying "thank you" is just totally inadequate. I can't put it into words. I can, however, always say that "Scenes From The Flood" was released under a full moon in Pisces on Friday the 13th...for those who take note of those sorts of things. 😉

There's more press and reviews coming up, starting on Monday. For now, the microphone is yours.
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4 days ago

Bryan Beller

THE REAL HERO HERE: Forrester Savell mixed and mastered “Scenes From The Flood” with me for **nine months**. You’re hearing his genius and determination right now.

Australia, you have much to be proud of. 🇦🇺
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TODAY'S PRESS: Thanks to Scott Collins @guitar_muse for this cool extended interview. Did you know "The Storm" was influenced by a Macedonian folk song? Very cool extended chat. Meanwhile: THANK YOU to all for your amazing "Scenes From The Flood" reax!

https://t.co/a66FX278sr

Not to be overly mercenary, but in the spirit of trying to be helpful here: Anyone listening digitally who wants more detailed info on "Scenes From The Flood" can pick up the 28-page digi-booklet PDF from my webstore for just $5. https://t.co/aSAGLG0Tuo

Martin Auger@auger_martin

@bryanbeller @JPetrucci I haven’t found a list of who plays what on your website, i guess I’ll have to wait to 2LP to get to my mailbox

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