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Recalibration

by Flowtilla

Fresh new groove music for omnivores. If your musical tastes are vast and varied and you find yourself listening to funk, psychedelic rock, jazz and world music with no stylistic preference , this new release will not disappoint.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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1. New Car
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2. Recalibration
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3. Extra Mile
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4. Great Horned Owl
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5. Take Your Time
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6. Debut
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7. Potential
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8. Running Calf
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9. Template
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10. Aloe
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11. Cascade
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12. Greasy
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13. Daybreak
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14. Armadillo
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15. Jetsky
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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About Flowtilla

Flowtilla is a San Francisco Bay Area based trio formed in 2000 by guitarist Len Paterson, and bassist Ellen Schoenwetter. Their driving sound is an eclectic mix of funk, psychedelic ,rock, afro, jazz and world tinged grooves.

Flowtilla's music has been used on cable t.v shows as well as commercial cues. These include A&E Biography specials on Stevie Wonder, Billy Crystal and Kirstie Alley, HBO's Real Sex, Gene Simmons Family Jewels and Emeril Green's "Green Planet."

Flowtilla released their first cd. under the name "Len Paterson Trio", which they self produced on their own label, Acorn Sonata. Entitled "Sunny Cloudy", it was voted one of the top 10 records of 2001 on JamBase. Len Paterson also made the top 10 guitarist list. They have released three more self produced c.d.s on their Acorn Sonata label. In 2003, Flowtilla came out with "Out of the Inside"; in 2006, "Clariphonic", and "Waves and Particles" in 2011. 2013 finds the band broadening its' sonic palette once again with "Recalibration".

They have played many Bay Area clubs including Jupiter, The Boom Boom Room, Grant & Green, Cafe du Nord, Blake's, Starry Plough, Sweetwater, Paragon Bar, and the Claremont Hotel, and have performed at the High Sierra Music Festival as well as many Bay Area street fairs, festivals and private events. Flowtilla has opened for New Monsoon, Will Bernard, Merle Saunders and Living Daylights.

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In Flowtilla, Ellen and Len currently work with several drummers, although Jan Jackson (of Will Bernard) has recorded on most of their c.d.'s. Adam Goodhue plays with them on their most recent one, "Recalibration" . Will Bernard sat in with Flowtilla on several occasions as well.


History

Len has played with many Bay Area groups such as afrobeat band Aphrodesia, Bitches Brew (the Miles Davis tribute band), Jackie Ivory (of Junior Walker Allstars), Malcolm Mooney (of Can), Henry Kaiser, Beth Custer and Splatter Trio. He even played a set of improvised rock music as a guest with the pop band Green Day . Len has also composed music for film and can be heard in collaboration with David Slusser on John Zorn's Tzadik label.

Len and Ellen have played together in the free improvisational group "Pluto" (including Amoeba Records owner Marc Weinstein), and were members of the Ralph Carney (of Tom Waits) band "Special Parrot", which played at venues such as The Elbo Room, Slim's and Bimbo's.

Ellen was a member of hardcore punk band Assasins of God, which played the first Lolapalooza and toured Europe often. She can be heard on their c.d., "Black Tongue Speaks." Ellen has played with Dewey Redman and Joe Bonamassa. She also was the bassist for 2 years with S.F. bebop legend Bishop Norman Williams and has played with many other Bay Area musicians including Morris Acevedo's Electric Trio.



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Peter Haas

Most Rocking Flowtilla Yet!
Preface: The other night I was at a friend's house for a barbeque. He had hooked up speakers outdoors for the occasion and suddenly a song came on that I recognized, but couldn't place. (Hey, I've got 2500+ CDs, so it happens.) My first guess was Jeff Beck -- I thought it might be from the "Freeway Jam" era. Then I realized it was more seriously jazz-oriented and I was pretty sure it was John Scofield. I've seen both of them live several times and have tons of their music. Well, by now it's pretty obvious that the track was, in fact, by Flowtilla. I probably should've been able to pick it out, but the point is: the quality, originality and talent belied in Flowtilla's music is pretty much impossible to discern from such major artists. Buy this (or any of their other CDs) and you will NOT be disappointed. If you’ve seen them live and you're thinking about buying a CD: trust me, you'll be happy you did!
This most recent CD continues the customary Flowtilla combination of fusion-styled jazz combined with strikingly original compositions. The lineup still includes the battery of Len Patterson (guitars and such) and Ellen Schoenwetter (bass and such), adding drummer Adam Goodhue for this outing, as well as congas on some tracks by Jon Otis. What stands out about this album is that it is even more propulsive, bottom-grounded, and -well-- more ROCKING than the other Flowtilla efforts. The band seems really into building some grooves and then letting loose. I'm no musician, but I can really sense the band enjoying themselves, cutting some edges, and swinging quite a bit at the same time. (The new-to-me drummer may or may not be a key here.)
The opener, "New Car" has that new car sound and drive. Guitarist Patterson lets loose with some nasty soloing on "Take Your Time," whose heavily syncopated --funky, if you will -- rhythm also allows bassist Schoenwetter to make some really hard-hitting riffs. (I believe that this is also one of the tracks that features some electric sitar, an instrument that lends itself well to the Flowtilla sound.) "Debut" features some keyboard filling that adds to the fevered, percussive guitar melody that quickly morphs into some ear-bleeding (in a good way!) guitar soloing from Patterson. The interplay between the instruments -- including the keyboards -- really takes this track to another level. "Potential" makes for a third strutting, rock-heavy track in a row. Patterson wastes no time in getting into wailing mode, while another touch of keyboards and Schoenwetter's signature bass-plucking drives this catchy number into a sweet spot. "Running Calf" takes things down a notch, temp-wise, with a more lyrical and relaxed composition that nevertheless generates energy, along with a really nice bass solo, the likes of which a vintage-era Stanley Clarke would be proud of. Wow.
You might wonder whether a track titled "Greasy" can live up to its name. Wonder no more. "Daybreak" follows with more a wistful Wes Montgomery feel. Yet -- now fourteen tracks deep-- "Armadillo" returns with yet another rocking groove. "Jetsky" ends things with a slightly rockabilly, more whimsical twinge for the exit. This CD sounds great the first time out and there is no filler!
Yes, Flowtilla may sometimes remind you of one or more of your favorite fusion artists, but they do not imitate anyone and their music stands with the best out there these days. This 15-track release will call you back for repeat listens. Be sure and catch Flowtilla live if you get the chance, as well!