With members of the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and Present Music together with some of the the very best jazz and rock musicians the midwest has to offer The Jason Seed Elixir Ensemble is a unique phenomenon.
More accurately experienced than explained, it is a truly unique sound that penetrates all genres and all audiences. But to give you an idea, glowing press reviews have noted influences ranging from Frank Zappa to Charles Mingus, Phish to Bartok, Bach to Mr Bungle.
Combining elements of popular music spanning the last Century, as well as traditional folk influences from around the world, composer Jason Seed has indeed created an elixir that will refocus our modern interaction with, and appreciation of, intelligent music. The April 2007
release of Where the Corners Meet has already met with an overwhelming response, reinforcing Seed's suspicion that American audiences are seriously under-estimated.
summed up in a word:
Renowned Classical musicians playing alongside some of the midwest's best Jazz musicians to create the strangest rock band you've ever heard.
"...his ensembles feature some of the area's finest musicians, including top players from the Milwaukee and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, all atracted to the
quality of his compositions" - Milwaukee Magazine
"The scope of Where the Corners Meet is wide but
Seed's imagination is even broader...some of the music echoes New Orleans other tracks recall the tricky changes of progressive rock, a great lost King Crimson track here, an eastern European violin power thrust there." - The Milwaukee Shepherd Express
"Jason Seed, reminiscent at times of John Scofield, surveys the territory between electric rock and straight-ahead jazz."
- L.A. Times
"Jazz-prog samba sing-song with sax, a hep drummer, a nice mid-song Jeff Beck-style guitar solo and Jason Seed's smooth vocals make this a welcome side-trip on our mix. Desperate scale: 1 - He's a functioning professional musician who doesn't need all the hype crap."
- SXSW Vinyl Mine (Austin)
"Jason's music is part of the long continuum of contemporary creativity characterized by inventive impulses that are carefully rooted in both tradition and the future...manages to simultaneously recall both the grandeurs of Pink Floyd and the trioisms of Bill
- The Stranger (Seattle)
"Seed combines everything from jazz, funk and rock to samba and classical in a highly unclassifiable and danceable psychedelic stew...Seed, at times, is largely reminiscent of Frank Zappa, with off-the-wall and obscurely humorous lyrics segueing into guitar
- Milwaukee Shepherd Express
"Jason Seed is actively using his own voice and space. The skillful development and execution of his original material along with hisinterpretation of standards and current artists indicates the breadth of the musical palette at his command."
- Todd Robinson, President of Luna Records (Indianapolis)
Jason Seed - dots, stems, guitars, vocals
Sam Monroe - drums,
Glenn Asch - violin, viola
Helen Reich - viola
Doug Ebert - bass
Dan Armstrong - bass
Aaron Gardner - tenor sax, flute
Jesse Sheehan - tenor sax, soprano sax
Mike Pauers - bari sax, alto flute
Dan Zaffran - bari sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Bill Helmers - clarinet