Aaron Stroessner Quartet’s Newest Release
Eight original songs featuring:
Aaron Stroessner, guitar and songs
Kevin Lloyd, Hammond B3 organ, Wurlitzer piano, Accordion
Andrew Mell, bass
Andrew Wray, drums
Some thoughts on “Gifts”. Keep in mind that I am no music critic, and I really have no idea what I’m talking about. But anyway, some reactions:
I love the hammond organ, first of all, and I like how it pairs with your electric guitar… I also like the kind of 50s-60s hipster jazz vibe you kick up. I get that jazz is all about the improv, but I like a bit more structure around it, and the pieces you do more of that appeal to me the most. Even in the least structured pieces, I really liked the melodies. You’ve always had a nice ear for catchy phrasing — harkens back to your Dead Left work.
Be Still – I love the slow jam – really lets me hear the jazz improv come through and for a slow processor like me, it’s easier to enjoy. (I have to listen to jazz with my eyes closed, especially at clubs, to hear what’s going on.)
Wonder – I loved the build and the uplift from this. Some Jeff Beck influence. In the later part of track, there is great interplay between the guitar and organ. I wanted this one to go on and traverse into some different area, but the ride as is was just fine.
Merry go Round – really liked this one. Little more up tempo and a lot of blending of more structured melodies with improv. Some fine wine in here.
Sit back – Shifting gears here, l like the energy.
Lost – Every new one seems to be a new fave. I like the melancholy feel at the beginning, and that old world accordion is the perfect accent.
Quarter Blues – I like the straight up blues.
VAD – Maybe my favorite track. Just so much energy and great playing on this one.
Wild West – Also one of my faves. I love the scene you set with this; wild west indeed.
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