Teddy Presberg | Outcries from a Sea of Red

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Outcries from a Sea of Red

by Teddy Presberg

Psychedelic Jazz Improv for Dancers and Lovers of Life. A striking new album from this funky producer of delicious recordings. This album stands as his best work to date and follows up his 2007 All About Jazz Top 10 Critic's Pick, "Blueprint of Soul."
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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1. $4/gal
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2. Politics
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3. Free Love Redux
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4. Timebomb
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5. Naturally
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6. Beyond Busted
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7. Nancy
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8. Theme de la Rouge
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9. Delmar Blues
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The wait is over for critically acclaimed guitarist / improvisational composer Teddy Presberg’s newest musical contribution. Outcries from a Sea of Red will be available on July 17 and is a musical exploration worth the wait.

One again Presberg delivers his fans fresh genre-bending music with a funky pulse through honest and raw recordings. The album features a handful of songs that seemingly blend into one another—yet each cover a unique musical purpose. From busted home studio recordings with cameos from his dog, dream sequences interspersed with live recordings at St. Louis’s infamous Delmar Lounge, jazz takes recorded in the dining room, and even mixing in the birds of spring as they sing from Presberg’s back yard.

“There is no sound proofing of my house in my recording method,” states Presberg. “I’m very into listening to a track and hearing the natural reverb of the rafters, walls, and glass. I also use the Jack Kerouac method of first takes and writing songs on the fly.” That recording style, along with his prowess on the guitar, has made him a darling of the bloggers: “The baddest soul jazz guitarist you’ve never heard of,” (Arch Magazine) and “The crown prince of funk improv,” (Bullfrog Reviews).

Presberg’s debut album, Blueprint of Soul, was recognized as The Critic’s Pick Top 10 Album of 2007 by All About Jazz. Internationally renowned funk/jazz label Ropeadope Records picked up Blueprint of Soul and reissued it. “Teddy’s approach and style results in a sound that blurs genres and lands him in the category of good music,” says label president Andy Blackman Hurwitz.

Presberg is offering his fans several options that range in costs to get the music into their hands. “We want to be very accessible to our fans. We are unveiling a multi-tiered system in which fans can support our music by contributing a few bucks for MP3s all the way up to $100 for an autographed album and the opportunity to name a song on the next album,” says Presberg.

As part of an environmentally focused partnership with Three Pin Records, one percent of the album proceeds are donated to 1% For The Planet, benefiting the Organic Farming Research Foundation in Santa Cruz, California. Through additional financial contributions to The Climate Trust, the album is also a neutral greenhouse gas production. “It doesn’t matter what our profession is, we have a personal responsibility to reduce the negative impacts of our actions,” says Presberg.

Teddy Presberg will be on a two-month national tour in support of Outcries from a Sea of Red. The new album and tour date information is available at www.teddypresberg.com


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Andrew Frey

Responsible for a multitude of repeated plays
Whispering sweet psychedelic nothings through his jazz grooved riffs and soulful guitar funk has opened a vast arena of excitement for the followers of this instrumental bluesman. Responsible for a multitude of repeated plays.

Brian Soergel

One Hell of A Ride!
Guitarist Teddy Presberg call his music "psychedelic jazz for dancers and lovers of life." It's that and more, as Presberg's other talents on harmonica, beats, organ, microKorg and vocals all vie for your attention on this wonderfully scattered but ultimately fulfilling project. His Music has an improv bent, a stream of consciousness at times; other times his muse switches to musicians past and present who live in head-- Grant Green, the White Stripes, the chameleon Beck.

There are bursts of trippy-hippie stuff in songs like "Free Love Redux" and the interludes like "Passion," "Politics" and "Naturally" that remind you this is nu-times music, but it's the "traditional" songs that give Outcries from a Sea of Red its muscle. There are two songs to really dig into. The first is "$4/Gal," whose echo-chamber hum begins with Presberg's studied guitar noodling, followed by some piping Rhodes and the bleeding in of a harmonica. A tempo change soon emerges, leading to crunchier guitar soloing. The second is the title track, a sort of "Take Five" but in 4/4--yes, strange, but it's there, amid the KORG effects, jazz swing, hippie beats, guitar distortion and other good stuff. Throw in some blues-funk on "Beyond Busted," some dub reggae on "Nancy" and some minimalist surf guitar on "Delmar Blues" and you've gone one hell of a ride.

There are bursts of trippy-hippie stuff in songs like "Free Love Redux" and the interludes like "Passion," "Politics" and "Naturally" that remind you this is nu-times music, but it's the "traditional" songs that give Outcries from a Sea of Red its muscle. There are two songs to really dig into. The first is "$4/Gal," whose echo-chamber hum begins with Presberg's studied guitar noodling, followed by some piping Rhodes and the bleeding in of a harmonica. A tempo change soon emerges, leading to crunchier guitar soloing. The second is the title track, a sort of "Take Five" but in 4/4--yes, strange, but it's there, amid the KORG effects, jazz swing, hippie beats, guitar distortion and other good stuff. Throw in some blues-funk on "Beyond Busted," some dub reggae on "Nancy" and some minimalist surf guitar on "Delmar Blues" and you've gone one hell of a ride.

green arrow radio

exciting thrill for the ears!
the newest from Teddy Presberg on Outright Music, is an exciting thrill for my ears as they are proven often throughout the listen, getting down will be getting on. There is a spacey UFO glow to a few tracks that are reminiscent of funkadelic Bernie Worrell splatt…..

John Book

I enjoy the different roads Presberg walks on with this new album
When Teddy Presberg released Blueprint Of Soul two years ago, I felt that his style of jazz-meets-blues-with-hints-of-rock was really good, and that I could hear the potential of someone who could become brilliant. I felt at the time that his work had the free spirit of a jam band, but that with a bit of structure it might reveal a new side of his musicianship.

Outcries From A Sea Of Red (Outright) is an album that seems to have taken some of this constructive criticism, and turned around to create something that is very good. Things are structured, and at times reserved but it’s a calm reserve that only leads to some fierce guitar playing from Presberg. In “Timebomb” it may sound like an old Paul Butterfield-style boogie, but it then develops into something else and takes off into something seductive. He moves comfortably around different styles and time signatures, it isn’t the jazz equivalent of math rock but if those words will move people to listen to Presberg and his way of playing with tempos and time signatures, proceed. It’s not dominant, but there’s even a bit of electronic tomfoolery in “Beyond Busted”, where it sounds like Medeski, Martin & Wood hanging out with MC 900 Ft. Jesus.

I enjoy the different roads Presberg walks on with this new album, and it never strays too far from the kind of jazz and blues he loves to play.

Christian Schaeffer

Homespun
Guitarist Teddy Presberg has become a mainstay at lounges and clubs around town, performing regularly with his troupe at Delmar Lounge and other haunts. On his second album, Outcries From a Sea of Red, the instrumentalist takes his jazz-guitar style and applies it to a host of genres, from smooth funk to slide blues to ambient synthesizer experimentation. Stylistically, Presberg's sound is tricky to pin down: He's too loose for straight jazz and a bit too much of a formalist to be considered a jam-band icon. But coloring outside the lines works for him and his bandmates. After the Meters-like strut of the album-opening "$4/gal," the minimal drum-machine beats and detuned synth modulations of the brief interlude "Politics" give a clear sign that this record won't rely solely on in-the-pocket funk.

Presberg borrows from some of the best jazz and soul guitarists, overlaying his influences on top of one another and throwing in his own verve. On a song such as the slinky "Delmar Blues," he uses the deep, slightly muddy chorus effect favored by John Scofield but employs it to lay down cool, fluid lines that rarely get muddled. However, he proves to be an adept bandleader, too, and leaves space for his sidemen to bloom. "Bella's Boogaloo" finds Presberg's guitar echoing the main horn line before letting the sax player have his say. Even though he dips in and out of the jazz-guitar tradition on Outcries, Presberg follows the model of Wes Montgomery and other forebears by using his guitar to carry a tune, not show off his fleet-fingered dexterity. His solos, like on the simmering organ-fed "Timebomb," show equal parts restraint and technique. The album is a genre-hop, and Presberg seems more interested in producing a varied C.V. than a front-to-back album, but Outcries suggests that he has no shortage of avenues from which to choose.