Remember Monty Python's, "And now for something completely different?" They might have foretold the release of Ed Littman's Splatt, the thirteen track self-titled instrumental CD featuring improvisational avant-jazz/rock recorded with an ear for the 'outside'. Featuring bassist Danny Zanker and drummer John Bollinger in addition to guitarist Littman, the trio set out to redefine the listener's concept of a normal listening experience with compositions that are structured, yet completely unpredictable. From the sound collage which opens the CD ("Trap-Op") to the '60s-hard-rock-influenced closer ("Another Emotion") you'll be sailing on an improvisational ship of wonders, with an overdriven guitar as your captain, along with backward tape tricks and sound effects as first mate. Highly original? Yes - no doubt - an adventure in musical extemporization.
Ed was born in New York City and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. Influenced by the Beatles "Revolver" album, he picked up the guitar at age 16. Ed explored jazz, rock and blues with local teachers, then attended and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1986 with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music. In the late '80s, he founded the Ed Littman Group, and later released his first album "Sounds Of Colors" in 1991. Songs from the album became the soundtrack to the movie "The Space Between". Ed has also written music for the film, "The Irreversible Year". He recently started the record label Yeahman Records, which released his first full solo outing, entitled "My Window", featuring Mark Egan on bass and Danny Gottlieb on drums. Ed also fills the guitar chair for Brilliant Coroners, a six-piece group that plays unique and original arrangements of tunes by the great Thelonius Monk.
In the future Littman plans to keep writing, recording and performing his own brand of guitar music. He has recently built a new mastering studio, where he specializes in analog and tube equipment. Producers and artists love the sound that Littman gets on their projects.