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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Thank you CHICAGO for a sellout show at Reggie’s! A truly awesome Aristocratic night. 👍🤘 On to Indianapolis!

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GRIFF PETERS (Mike Keneally, Billie Myers):
One of Beller's closest friends, and one of the most important contributors to Beller's first two solo albums, Griff Peters attended Berklee College Of Music in the early 90s at the same time as Beller and drummer Joe Travers. In the nearly three decades since, they've played together in various lineups with Mike Keneally, BB's live band, and in the performances of the late Wes Wehmiller's band I, Claudius at the annual WesFest benefit concert series. Griff's unique vintage tone was built into the foundation of several key Beller compositions, from the growling "Cave Dweller", to the fusion workout "Get Things Done", to the signature title track ballads from “View” and “Thanks In Advance”. BB chose Griff's spot for “Scenes From The Flood” very carefully, and Peters made the most of it by supplying over twenty tracks of lead and layered guitars, and putting his stamp on the mood-setting, slow-burning track that kicks off vinyl Side 2, "Always Worth It".
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TEDDY KUMPEL: (Joe Jackson, solo artist)
During Beller's time in Nashville from 2006-2013, one of the relatively few local gigs he regularly performed there was with a singer/songwriter named Saul Zonana. Saul had moved down to Nashville from New York, and had a pop/prog, hard rock/Beatles-y vibe to his solo material. On one gig, Zonana invited a friend from New York onto the gig for some additional guitar textures. That friend was Teddy Kumpel, and Beller was immediately taken with his tone and vibe. He soon found himself devouring Kumpel's solo releases “The Man” and “Songs In Tomato Sauce” (BB's choice picks: "I'm It, For Now", "We've Got Chemistry" and "Get Out of My Way".) Over ten years later, Beller finally realized his longtime desire to collaborate with Kumpel on the track "Always Worth It", one of the longer and more involved songs on “Scenes From The Flood”, and one that required a guitar solo that was funky, bluesy, jazzy, and slightly *bent*. In other words, Kumpel's specialty.

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One of the great pleasures of this The Aristocrats tour is being on the road with the Travis Larson Band, and their awesome bassist Jennifer Young. I'm really pleased with our working relationship and the consistently high level of professionalism and appropriateness on display, no matter how long and hard our touring days are together. I see us as role models for the youth of tomorrow in many ways. ... See MoreSee Less

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"Steiner In Ellipses" - artwork for Track 5 of the progressive double concept album "Scenes From The Flood". (Bonus points for correct guesses on the hidden meaning here.) ... See MoreSee Less

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GRIFF PETERS: Beller's friend and musical compatriot of nearly 30 years - and lead guitarist on the title tracks of his 2 previous solo albums - created an entire world of melodic & textural sound for one of "Scenes From The Flood"'s key thematic compositions, "Always Worth It".

The whole album drops September 13. One song is out now ("The Storm") on YouTube w/video. A second song video ("Volunteer State") drops in early August. Pre-orders from https://t.co/IrccGnkq2B get the song "Bunkistan" e-mailed to them right away.

Martin Auger@auger_martin

@bryanbeller i’ve got to say You Know What is now my fav Aristocrats album.... When can we hear yours ?

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