Darryn Farrugia;drums and percussion
Les Davidson;rhythm guitar on Shoten Zenjin
Johnny Orr; vocals on Johnny
I was a teenager in the 70s, a small window of time when most homes had a stereo system but no computers, games consoles or even VCRs. My friends and I would spend hours and hours listening to albums by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Bob Marley………..
I was also listening to jazz and fusion, especially Herbie Hancock, Weather Report and Mahavishnu, and classical music, in particular Bach and Beethoven.
Emergence is the culmination of those influences; you will hear traces of them all; the soundscapes of Pink Floyd, Hendrix’s backwards guitar, wah wah and general awesome bodacity, soothing reggae grooves, Mahavishnu’s crazy intensity, the introspection of Bach, Headhunters funk, bossa nova, and, from the Beatles; a love of composition, varied musical textures, unorthodox production techniques, and presentation of the album as a whole concept. However, I made use of modern recording techniques such as sampling and digital editing for a 21st Century sound.
Emergence is very much influenced by the towering presence of keyboardist/composer Sean Wayland, a multidimensional musical genius whose passion, virtuosity and uniqueness permeate the album throughout. The other musicians, Tom Mason, Darryn Farrugia, Patrick Bettison and Les Davidson made inspired contributions to the album, and engineer Tom Davidson recorded the music with clarity, simplicity and a beautiful warm glow.
Emergence is a very contemporary album but one that I hope will sit comfortably next to your dog-eared Steely Dan, Beatles, and 70s Miles albums.
Carl Orr is of the mind that his music can help make the world better. That is naïve to some. But those are the people who need to listen more. A musician has to believe in his music. He must also show a faith in a greater purpose, or his music will not be believable to others. Orr reaches out to believers and non-believers alike. He has already done so on past recordings such as Deep Down and Absolute Freedom. On Emergence he does so again. Orr is joined by a group of gifted musicians. Together they put forth a vision of a world that demands peaceful means to peaceful ends. Carl Orr is one of our finest jazz-rock guitarists and composers. The guitar is his weapon for peace and he knows how to wield it. Orr is a true believer. This is demonstrated on profound tunes of protest, warning, hope and peace. The message of his music will make you believe too. – Walter Kolosky (Author of the book Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra and Senior Writer for Jazz.com)