Eleven original songs written by Robby Z ranging from blues to contemporary alternative rock. This CD features Night Ranger lead guitarist Brad Gillis (also of Ozzy Osbourne fame). Brad “tears up” several tracks with his incredible guitar work while Robby adds in his sultry vocals.– by cdbaby
The Brad Mehldau Trio, featuring Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums, returns with Ode, an album of 11 previously unreleased songs composed by Mehldau. The record, which is the first from the trio since 2008’s Live Village Vanguard disc and the first studio trio recording since 2005’s Day Is Done, is out this week in the UK and this coming Tuesday in North America. Many of the songs on the new album were written as tributes, or “odes,” to real and fictional people, such as the late saxophonist Michael Brecker (“M.B.”), a character from the film Easy Rider (“Wyatt’s Eulogy for George Hanson”), and the guitarist Kurt Ronsenwinkel (“Kurt Vibe”).
With his cheeky, disillusioned, home studio-recorded folky yet rocky songs, Brad, a 31-year-old musician from Ottawa, inevitably gets compared to Beck quite often. As much as it can be a compliment, no artist likes to be told they sound like another; but by now Brad has gotten to terms with the parallel. “It used to bother me, I took it as ‘hey you’re a crappy Beck impersonator with no ideas of your own!’ But other musicians told me they get compared to Beck all the time also. So maybe it’s the musical equivalent of ‘tastes like chicken’. The guy’s done so much in many different styles it’s easy to compare nearly anything to something in his catalog.”