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Emerging from the depths of the jazz jungle is a cunning keyboardist, Greg Spero, with his own interpretations of Radiohead and Miles Davis selections, thus the title, “Radio Over Miles”. This album overall features live workings of Spero’s concept to marry the trailblazing jazz influence of Miles and alternative music via Radiohead.
The track listing has 6 songs of very explorative arrangements, which include Corey Wilkes (trumpet), Junius Paul (bass), and Makaya McCraven (drums) for all selections, with the exception of “Exit Music For A Film”, which replaces Paul and Wilkes for Tim Seisser (bass) and De’Sean Jones (Sax).
The performances are built with energy and intrigue, and have very phenomenal moments of release from all of the personnel. Although the ideas move with patience and development, the pace might challenge casual music listeners, whereas the advanced music listener will appreciate the musical context.
Atmospherically, you can hear every nuance in the background in real time, and sometimes it dominates the recording more so than the performance. “Exit Music For A Film” is the lone selection that is a studio recording, with a very large room sound (perhaps giving reference to the UK trance style of reverb). A little ‘bass boost’ on your stereo will give you the much needed bass punch to fill out the complete mix.
“Sly” is a great go‐to selection for it’s overall efficiency in performance, charisma, and production. “Blue in Green” has a nice odd‐metric touch, and gives serious jazz heads a dose of their medication. “Yesterdays” also has a nice union of Radiohead‐ feel to a Miles staple, although the tail end goes into Michael Jackson/Stevie Wonder jam‐land.
If you’re into Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Soulive, Eldar, Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis, and Radiohead (of course), then you will get a well‐deserved treat from a rising force in the spectrum of progressive music.
William Kurk is a freelance writer from Chicago, IL, who has served as an Arts and Entertainment consultant to Chicago Theater Union, Chicago Defender, and Chicago Federation of Musicians (local 10208). Kurk has all biographical information and other itinerary listed on his website, Williamkurk.com.