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Catskills Cry

by Aaron Comess

Aaron Comess: With Tony Levin and Bill Dillon.... STUNNING DEBUT SOLO RELEASE FROM SPIN DOCTORS DRUMMER SHOWCASES MOODY , DYNAMIC INSTRUMENTALS WORTHY OF SERIOUS ATTENTION..
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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3. Africa
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4. Catskills Cry
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5. Ode to Atilla
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6. Future
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7. Lulluby for Bkuzmo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Catskills Cry, marks drummer Aaron Comess’ debut instrumental album. Armed with a years worth of original material written and influenced by a variety of landscapes from Anguilla, to Manhattan to the Catskill Mountains, the album takes listeners through a myriad of lush, ethereal, moody, intensely appealing songs.

To date, drummer Aaron Comess, a founding member of the Grammy nominated, ten million plus album selling band Spin Doctors, has played on and/or produced over fifty albums with an acclaimed and diverse roster of artists such as, Joan Osborne, Chris Whitley, Rachael Yamagata, Bilal, New York Electric Piano and Marc Cohen.

With accomplished guitar player Bill Dillon (has played with Robbie Robertson, Joni Mitchell, Sarah Mclachlan), Tony Levin on bass and stick, best known for his work with King Crimson, John Lennon and Peter Gabriel, and Comess on drums and in the role of producer, the record was recorded in Woodstock New York at Flymax Studio.

Of the direction and feel of Catskills Cry, Comess says, “I have been very influenced by the way Bill Frizell and Daniel Lanois put their instrumental music records together. I wanted to create an album that had a deep mood with a strong sense of melody yet an album that allowed us musicians playing together room for personal and creative interpretation. – A record that I could sit back and enjoy listening to”

“To be able to have my material played by Bill Dillon and Tony Levin was an amazing experience. Besides being experienced side -men, all of us are also composers and understand the value of creative interpretation. The chemistry was apparent from the first note; I look forward to playing with these guys again.”

Each composition is unique in its feel, yet when listened to as a whole, Comess’ Catskills Cry is a fluid, immensely enjoyable, smooth ride. “I feel like I made an album that brings listeners to many different places through a variety of moods yet has a common thematic thread throughout.”

A welcome addition to the world of instrumental music, Catskills Cry is an album worthy of some serious attention and listening time.


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felice

Mello, beautiful, and creative. Alot of good music
The music was mello and vibrant at the same time. I enjoyed every selection.
Aaron Comess just keeps getting better!!

Steve

Fantastic! A great debut from a very cool cat!
I'll keep this (very) short. Continue to read the reviews that follow. This is a stellar debut album. Just buy it - you will not be disappointed!

gg5000

A drummer's record that isn't about drum chops for a change!
As a drummer who's heard countless recordings by other drummers, I feel this is a very welcomed departure from the standard chop-happy, non-musical attempts at "drum records". The best thing about this effort, is that it has very little to do with drumming and instead it has musicality at its core. The line up is top notch by anyone's standards and what this record does best is capture a certain mood and a feel that transcends the drumkit. Another great aspect of this CD is that Comess chose to tune his instrument in way that is a complete contrast to his previous sound, showing a maturity and a versatility that showcases his growing talent. Drummers, pay attention: this record shows what we should all be thinking about... MUSICALITY. I highly recommend it!

Mike

Great from beginning to end!
I put the CD in my car player and listened straight through - Catskills Cry is a fantastic mix of ambient, flowing melodies to head first rock jams!

Ed

It is a great cd of very many styles
This Cd ,is without words but very many different patterns,of music style. It flows very well,the quality of the cd is first rate. I love his drumming in The Spin Doctors,but this is so different,that you wouldn't even think that it was the same person.The other artists on the cd make it a great effort and a great cd.

blogcriticd.org

The music is certainly more colorful and expressive sans vocals than a lot of su
Aaron Comess, best known as the Spin Doctors' drummer, has a new CD that can perhaps best be described as ambient rock. On these eleven tracks of thick, richly imagined instrumental music, Comess collaborates with guitarist Bill Dillon (Sarah McLachlan, Marc Cohn, Joni Mitchell) and legendary bassist and Chapman stick player Tony Levin. It suggests what might have happened if some pioneering prog-rock band of the '60s or '70s had matured and mellowed. The music is certainly more colorful and expressive sans vocals than a lot of sung music. Underpinned by Comess's chunky drumming, Dillon's guitars and guitorgan cook up dense atmospheres, leaving much of the melodic work to Levin. Unconventional time signatures ("Seventy-Six," "Ode to Attila") and titanic polyrhythms ("Africa") give way to devilish gloom-rock ("Future," "Sky") and meditative stuff that could almost be smooth jazz ("Zapped.")

Kerry

A magical ride full of intense, rich and beautiful imagery and sound
After listening to Aaron play a bunch of jazz gigs in NYC, I figured I better get this CD after I found out about it from a friend.
No doubt, this is a vibey incredible album. It really takes the listener on a magical ride..... you gotta check it out.
I especially loved tracks 3, 5 and 8.

Chris

Unique but accessable, catchy but complex.
This is perhaps the most surprising CD you will ever listen to, if you purchase it with Aaron's contributions to the Spin Doctors in mind. While there is a fair amount of rock influence on this record, the driving beats and catchy fills that help to beef up a Spin Doctors song are all but absent here as Comess showcases his ability as a songwriter. Indeed, the drums are never in the front of the mix, and while his playing is solid, it's never flashy, which is exactly what the album needs. Comess has crafted an incredible album with ambient sounds, jazzy melodies, and rocking sensabilities. I highly reccomend checking this one out.

Captain_V

Great Music
A great debut. Lots of different music styles and textures. Only music, no lyrics. Nothing like his work with the Spin Doctors. A musicians type of disc but well worth the price for music lovers.

Mike

this cd rules
I love this cd, like those other dudes said its not a drum/solo or crazy fill fest, but is still full of many tasty grooves and subtle nuances that will keep you practicing for a while. And besides the music is beautiful just on its own.
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