Pre-order of Cri$el Gems. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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releases March 13, 2020
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Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
12" black vinyl with 3 color printed jacket and sleeve. Album artwork by Church Of Sound Artist Raimund Wong. Shipped both shrink-wrapped and with an additional deluxe heavy 5mm reusable sleeve cover by Mobile Fidelity.
Includes digital pre-order of Cri$el Gems.
You get 2 tracks now
(streaming via the free Bandcamp app
and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the
complete album the moment it’s released.
A multi-genre mainstay of the Los Angeles music scene, Paul Bryan is a Grammy-winning producer, bassist, and composer/arranger. Recent among his many album productions are: Jeff Parker’s The New Breed, Suite For Max Brown (International Anthem), Aimee Mann’s Mental Illness, ’her quintessential statement’ (Pitchfork) and Jeremy Cunningham's The Weather Up There (Northern Spy).
He has recorded and toured with a diverse range of artists including Meshell Ndegeocello, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Ann Peebles, Rufus Wainwright, and Lucinda Williams.
Bryan’s ‘uncommonly effective’ string arrangements (New Yorker) and ‘unexpected deftness with subtle orchestration’ (Variety) have been featured on many records with standouts such as Nina Nastasia’s Outlaster (Fat Cat), Grant Lee Phillips Little Moon (Yep Rock), and Amy Correia’s indie release You Go Your Way.
Cri$el Gems is a groove-heavy session rich in sonic texture that marries the Los Angeles Beat Music scene with Bryan’s range-y compositions. Structural elements bob and weave around group improvisation creating a seamless balance. West coast soul with a compositional eye on strategy.
“Paul Bryan is a star in the LA night sky. My heart goes out to any bass player who has to play with me but Paul knows what is what...” -Meshell Ndegeocello
“He was already a remarkable and accomplished producer/arranger, but to witness his growth into one of the most prolific and eloquent composers in my community of collaborators has been something to marvel at. It was a pleasure to work with Paul on Cri$el Gems, yet another amazing album to add to his already-long list of triumphs.” -Jeff Parker
“Paul brings a dogged determination and dedication to making everything as musical and gorgeous as possible...an extremely rare combination.” -Aimee Mann
releases March 13, 2020
Jeff Parker - Guitar
Lee Pardini - Electric piano
Paul Bryan - Bass
Matt Mayhall - Drums
Davey Chegwidden - Congas
Jay Bellerose - Percussion
Produced by: Paul Bryan and Jeff Parker
Recorded / Mixed by: Paul Bryan Mastered by: Dave Cooley,
This record is concise, searching, belligerent, soulful, intelligent and always surprising. Incredible players and delightful Chicago musical paradoxes abound. A super deep well. Jamie Branch! Paul Bryan
Chicago sax luminary Greg Ward develops the dual-guitar frontline of his backing Rogue Parade quintet as an avatar for singular strength on this zesty collection of jazz-rock fusion songs. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 10, 2019