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 
except 

*Backwoods 
music by John Patitucci 
© 1990 Universal MCA Music 

**Bite 
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 Recordist.com 
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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G4 EXPERIENCE: G is for GOBBLE this weekend, but come early January it means Joe Satriani's The G4 Experience, featuring Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, Eric Gales, Cory Wong, Mateus Asato (I’m playing with everyone I just mentioned, along with Kenny Aronoff and Rai Thistlethwayte as house band - holy moly I’m learning a lot of material in December!) *and* also Alex Skolnick, John 5, Nili Brosh, Andy James, and more. Just a few slots left!

Here’s a wacky promo video to celebrate the occasion. Joe did this in one take backstage during intermission of the last gig (Dallas) of the North American EARTH Tour. Now that’s show business, people! *starts tap dancing*

Happy Gobble everyone.
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HEADING HOME: Sending gratitude to everyone who saw The Aristocrats or Joe Satriani live this year, from an airport lounge at DFW.

I might not dye the goatee for a little while. 😉
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GEAR APPRECIATION POST: Like the pic shows, we’ve got one last show tonight in Dallas. It’s been an amazing year and I’m grateful to play such amazing gear. Thank you to:

Mike Lull Custom Guitars & Guitarworks Basses: The power trio of the black/quilted top BBMF5, the sunburst P/J 5, and the red 1998 Modern 5 continue to slay everywhere and anywhere.

Gallien-Krueger Amplification: For the tone, punch and clarity to hit the mark on my fussy high gain monitoring requirements on stage, it’s gotta be GK All Day.

D'Addario and Co. Strings & Accessories: Since 1996, they’ve been on every bass I’ve ever used, and every time out I remember why all over again. Plus the XPND XL pedalboard just earned it’s first 100-shows stripe!

Jim Dunlop Guitar Products Pedals: My pedalboard has more and more Dunlop/MXR on it. The Volume (X), the original Bass Wah, and now two incredibly musical MXR 6-band EQ’s for two different purposes.

Xotic Guitars & Effects: The classic Bass BB Preamp and EP Booster remain absolute key elements of my signal chain for drive and level management.

And I also want to give honorable mention to:

Zon Guitars Basses: Having possession of one of the late Doug Lunn’s treasured two Zon Basses made me realize that I really wanted to try a Zon Fretless. Joe Zon made me a beautiful Legacy Elite 5 fretless that I’ve used live on the bass spotlight Satriani tune “E 104th St. NYC 1973”, and it’s the best sounding fretless I’ve ever played.

Bananas At Large: When I realized I needed a bright rocking Fender P bass with a maple fingerboard to get the classic Satriani rock bass tone on a few tracks, I knew I needed a MIM model with the hotter pickups. As with any mass production model, some are good, some are just ok, and a select few are great. The folks at Bananas At Large picked out an absolute banger, and having that strung with D’Addario Pro Steels is a whole new bright and chimey world for me. Thank you Bananas! (Of course, since I used that bass for the first three songs of the Satriani show, it ended up in a lot of pictures! But I played my Mike Lull BBMF5 for most of the show.)

I have tremendous appreciation for all of these folks. I am notoriously finicky about gear and tonal issues, and without all of this great equipment, I’d still be onstage thinking “well it sounds good but it really should sound like this other thing…” and I’d be distracted from being in the moment, which is the seed corn of a great live performance. Luckily for me, I get to play all of the gear I just described, which gives me the best possible shot at delivering something honest and true to what I’m trying to musically project. And like I said, I’m deeply grateful.

📸 Al Linkous / San Antonio
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TWO SATRIANI SHOWS LEFT: House Of Blues Houston tonight, Majestic Theater in Dallas tomorrow. My last two shows of the year after nearly 100 since July 1.

Let's sprint across the tape, Texas!

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Andor was amazing. Fave review kicker: "This rebellion is ready to kill fascists." (Sabina Graves for Gizmodo AUS). You're GD right.

Hotter take- This is what movie Ep. 9 *should* have been: A galaxy-wide rebellion. After TLJ, it was the only way forward that woulda worked.

SOON: Joe Satriani G4 Experience, featuring Steve More, Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, Eric Gales, Cory Wong, Mateus Asato (me + Kenny + Rai = house band for all 6!) & also Alex Skolnick, John 5, Nili Brosh, Andy James & more. Wacky promo vid follows.

Happy Gobble everyone!

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