Mike Prigodich | Variety Pack Live - Ep (feat. John Nastos, Damian Erskine & Reinhardt Melz)

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Variety Pack Live - Ep (feat. John Nastos, Damian Erskine & Reinhardt Melz)

by Mike Prigodich

High-energy live performance of all original jazz fusion compositions performed by virtuoso master musicians. Odd meter grooves. Beautiful melodies. Latin American rhythms. Exciting solos.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. The Spice of Life (Live)
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2. The Reel Mccoy (Live)
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3. At Sixes and Sevens (Live)
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4. Al Di Hemiola (Live)
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5. Haiku (Live)
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Album Notes
"I knew this guy was up to something; what a great disc! Beautifully written and played with passion and intensity by an excellent band. This is one of those CDs that you want to hear again as soon as it's finished. Bravo Mike!" -- George Whitty (Brecker Brothers)

"Watch out for this guy! Mike is terribly brave, adventurous, playful, and adept. As his compositions and playing demonstrate, Mr. Prigodich is a rising talent following his creative muse fearlessly to wherever it takes him. Kudos Mr. P!" -- David Goldblatt (Tribal Tech)

"This is band is top shelf; they were super tight and super exciting." -- George Colligan (Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White)

"I definitely hear a Chick influence in your playing and writing. I'm flattered that you cite me as an influence." -- Andy Milne (Dapp Theory)

"Very cool Mike!! Love the bridge and the keyboard solo. You can definitely play!!" -- Steve Porcaro (Toto)

All About Jazz -- "Prigodich is an excellent keyboardist, but it's his writing that really stands out. There is a liveliness and emotional connection to much of this music that makes it immediately endearing. His band is tight and funky, with an ability to groove that puts many better-known fusion outfits to shame."

Audiophile Audition -- "What do Chick Corea and Spinal Tap have in common? That would be Portland keyboardist Mike Prigodich."

No Treble -- ‎"The album’s intriguing melodies, odd time signatures, and ear-bending harmonies make it a stand-out album in the world of fusion."

The Virginian-Pilot -- "11 musically adventurous/challenging tracks that are, at times, mind-boggling in their intensity."

Inside MusiCast Album Of The Day on Monday, June 13, 2011 -- "A tour de force that would certainly get the respect of Prigodich’s muse Chick Corea. In the tradition of The Yellowjackets, The Brecker Brothers, Hiromi and others, the 11 tracks on A STITCH IN TIME cover a vast fusion landscape of complex proportions that’ll have you wondering how an artist like Mike Prigodich could ever consider sitting on the sidelines. The entire project is an incredibly satisfying ride."

All About Jazz -- "Prigodich speaks a musical language all his own, one born of a voice that elevates his instrument far beyond its realm into one where mystery and magic meet."

Sea Of Tranquility -- "Prigodich infuses every second of his debut album [with] style, grace, and wonderful musicality. [His] affirmation for life comes through with every note, and the album feels like a celebration of music."

The Urban Flux -- "This is what great music and musicianship is all about."

Music In Portland -- "Mike offers melodic breadth with very defined piano craft. He is an astonishing musician and a brilliant composer. His original works are studies in precision. They are demanding and they require the very best of musicians to perform them. He has gathered the best of the best and the results are scintillating."


About MPEG

The Melz/Prigodich/Erskine Group (aka MPEG) features the best original jazz fusion to come out of the Pacific Northwest with some of the best players on the West Coast. Mike Prigodich on piano is joined by the blow your mind rhythm section of master drummer Reinhardt Melz, bass virtuoso Damian Erskine, along with the superb tenor sax work of John Nastos. If you enjoy the music of Chick Corea, Return To Forever, Yellowjackets, Michael Brecker, Hiromi, etc., you'll love the fusion compositions of Mike Prigodich combining Jazz, Prog Rock, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Brazilian, Flamenco, Funk, as well as world music influences from the Middle East, Africa, Ireland, etc.


©2012 Mexican Mocha Music
All compositions written by Mike Prigodich (Mexican Mocha Music/BMI)

This is from our April 6, 2012 gig at Jimmy Mak's in Portland, Oregon. MPEG (Melz/Prigodich/Erskine Group) -- Featuring Mike Prigodich (piano), John Nastos (sax), Damian Erskine (bass), Reinhardt Melz (drums).

Engineer: Tony Stovin
Mixed by: David Mathew
Graphic Design: Edwin Ouellette
Photos: Byron O'Brien

released 26 April 2012


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