VIEW (2003)


Long known as a uniquely talented yet tasteful hired gun bassist for the more adventurous rock guitarists of recent times (Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, Wayne Kramer), Bryan Beller ventures out on his own with his debut solo album, View

Those familiar with his main body of work – nine years, five albums and countless tours with former Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally – are well aware of his ability to navigate the complex, sometimes impossibly dense forms and styles present in Keneally’s work…all with the polish, simplicity and accessibility one might expect from a pop bassline. Both a repeat feature subject and three-year columnist for Bass Player Magazine, Beller has long drawn the attention of music fans with a discriminating taste for high-caliber playing. 

But far from aspiring to bass heroism, Beller instead builds a carefully crafted emotional tapestry of interweaving themes and styles – a true album in the old-fashioned sense. Drawing on influences as disparate as John Scofield and Rage Against The Machine, Michael Landau and Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails and his mentor, Mike Keneally, the resulting body of work runs the gamut from hardcore jazz/rock to vocal pop to world beat while somehow staying thematically intact, all the while displaying equal parts density and sensitivity, melody and dissonance, tranquility and furious release. 

Musicians include guitarists Mike Keneally, Rick Musallam (Ben Taylor Band), Griff Peters and Yogi; drummers Toss Panos (Toy Matinee, Steve Vai) and Joe Travers (Dweezil Zappa, Lisa Loeb). 

“Just when you thought Beller couldn’t possibly be good at another thing, he releases a solo album so good it makes you wonder why he bothered doing anything else…View shows how terrific Beller is as a bassist, but it also establishes his real musical talent as a writer. It’s a thrill to witness an artist like Beller find his voice with such a self-assured debut.” – Bill Leigh, Bass Player Magazine 

“Seven Percent Grade shows that charging fingerstyle fusion is as comfortable for [Beller] as a fine rock riff…and both “Bite” and “See You Next Tuesday” show he can rock with the best….Inventive solo pieces such as “Elate” & “No” show that Beller isn’t going to fall into any clichés either. Inventive and creative, View end[s] up as a complete and compelling album, which I’m still enjoying right now.” – Adrian Ashton, Bass Guitar Magazine (U.K.) 

“Bryan is one of those bass players who just knows how to put the right note in the right place at the right time…monster playing and good vibes.” – Michael Manring (solo artist, Attention Deficit) 

“A unique blend of solid old school playing with modern sensibility and lots of edge.” – Andy West (Dixie Dregs) 

“Every expectation you may have about this album is going to be blown clear out of the water when you hear it. It’s really, really good, unique and intricate and ballsy and beautifully performed.” – Mike Keneally 

released October 28, 2003 

all music and lyrics written by Bryan Beller 
© 2003 Panorama Ataraxia Music BMI 

music by John Patitucci 
© 1990 Universal MCA Music 

music by Wes Wehmiller 
lyrics by Colin Keenan 
© 1995 Maximum Music BMI 

produced by Bryan Beller 
recorded and mixed by Nick D’Virgilio 
additional engineering and key Pro Tools engineering by Ed Monsef 

tracked and mixed at 
Lawnmower Studio and Garden Supplies 
Pasadena, CA, April-June 2003 
key editing performed at 
Ear Kandy Studio, Toluca Lake, CA 
mastered by Jay Frigoletto at 
Mastersuite, Hollywood, CA 

art design and title concept by Katy Towell 

road photography by Wes Wehmiller 
cityscape photo in cover window by Stanley Leary 
© Georgia Tech Research Corporation/Georgia Institute of Technology
sound effects – Creative Sound Design/The 
documentation and cartage – Wayne Perez 
charts – Chris Opperman 
movie dialogue excerpts from “in the company of men” © 1998 Columbia/Tristar Studios 
additional sound effects – Wayne Perez and Ed Monsef of Team Burl Core, LLC (Respect Division) 

thanks and love to everyone who helped make this a reality and to all who provided support along the way 

(c) 2003 Onion Boy Records, All Rights Reserved

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GUTHRIE SPEAK, YOU LISTEN: When Guthrie Govan (Official) makes the rare decision to speak on social media in his own voice about an album he's on, you already know it's worth stopping what you're doing and checking it out. Put another way: I support the Right Honourable Gentleman's motion to bring further awareness to the wonderfully eclectic album "Observables" by ANYWHEREDOOR. ... See MoreSee Less

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VAI OH MY: This is going to sound unbelievable, but the last time I tracked a song for a Steve Vai studio album was 22 years ago, for his 1999 release “The Ultra Zone”. That is, until yesterday, when I visited Ye Olde Harmony Hut and joined Sir Vai for an afternoon of tracking a harmonically dense, deceptively difficult, and extremely epic and rewarding tune for his next album in progress. (There’s no session quite like a Steve Vai session!) I can’t say more, but the lineup of players on this album is just reeee-diculous. As always, I’m just grateful to be included in such a thing. I’m sure Steve will have plenty to say about it at the right time, so stay tuned.

Also, check the first comment for a pic of Steve and I in 2007, backstage in Moscow at the end of the String Theories tour. Look at us kids!
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RABEA MY GOD: I realize I’m late to the Rabea Afro Rabea Massaad party, but glad I arrived in time (thank you Dan Waters!) to check out his new project The Totemist. His tones and compositional choices are consistently awesome, and stuff like the song “DHW” just kills me. Now I’m on a deep dive back into his other bands Toska and Dorje. You dig Mastodon, Karnivool, Shining? Are you a guitar pedal/effects nerd? Rabea is a must follow. ... See MoreSee Less

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ONE ALBUM, MANY GUITARISTS: ICYMI, this wonderfully eclectic album is available now and imo deserves your attention. Featuring, @ggovan_official @bumblefoot @mattiaseklundh @MaxOstro @scarguitar and more, check out "Observables" by ANYWHEREDOOR:

VAI OH MY: Last time I tracked for a @stevevai studio album was 22 years ago, for “The Ultra Zone”...until yesterday, when I joined Sir Vai for cutting a dense, difficult, epic & rewarding tune for his next album in progress. (There’s no session like a Steve Vai session!) [1/2]

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