An Edge Rock Instrumental Band
Delivering a progressive fusion of rock with some exotic instrumentation is the Brazilian band Mobilis Stabilis on their CD, Extra Corpore. Featuring Helcio Aguirra as primary guitarist, and Joao Luiz Braghetta as secondary guitarist (guitar synth and sitar, as well as regular guitar), the band offers intricately arranged pieces rife with improvisation, aggressive solos, and additional surprise elements. The guitar playing is consistently focused, spirited not shredded, yet with the 'edge' and attitude to make for great listening. Standout tracks such as "Os 10 Pensamentos", "Stabilix" and the title track are guitar-oriented compositions that challenge and confound one's expectations, and with five of the album's eight tracks exceeding eight minutes in length, no one will feel cheated that the musical ideas were not explored in depth. Worth a close listen.
Formed by great musicians from the Brazilian music scene, Mobilis Stabilis is determined to produce a real 'synthesis', collecting and mixing a large number of cultural references. The rhythmic and harmonic structures that come from the band's core create a sound full of density, mobility and complexity. The members of the group define themselves as an 'edge rock' instrumental band, since their compositions and the arrangements are marked by the use of instruments which are far from traditional rock, such as Hindu sitar, flute, violin and more. Their name, Mobilis Stabilis, is inspired by the work of American artist Alexander Calder.
Looking to make headway into the English-speaking music market, Mobilis Stabilis is poised to establish themselves as an instrumental force to be reckoned with.
Os 10 Pensamentos
Ney Haddad Novaes de Andrade
Rua Apinages, 749 - Perdizes
Sao Paulo - SP - CEP 05017-000
Web site: www.mobilisstabilis.com
Easy Flowing Rock, Blues, Country Mix
Singer/songwriter Greg Stephens puts together a soulful blend of rock, blues, country and folk, on his CD entitled Keep It Simple. With a title like that, you might expect stripped down arrangements and a lack or ornamentation, and you'd be correct for the most part. Of interest to guitarists, is that in addition to Stephen's acoustic guitar rhythms, he enlists the help of three other axe wielding music partners: Lou Savage on acoustic guitar, Rick Schmidt on steel guitar and Richard Bredice on electric and acoustic guitars and mandolin. Another guitarist, Bobby Cochran, even makes an appearance on acoustic guitar on "Please Don't Give Up On Me." So don't expect six string fireworks, but skillfully played ensemble playing. Don't miss the greasy slide work on the opening track, "There's Something About The Way You Move", the Buffett-like acoustic accompaniment to "Why Are You So Sad" and lonely steel guitar riffs on "Down By The Ocean".
Greg is based in Orange County, California, and is originally from Huntington Beach, California. He has been playing music since the age of eight, eventually starting his first band at the age of nineteen. Greg's influences include Eric Clapton and John Cougar Mellencamp, and after playing with different bands throughout his twenties, found his niche playing and entertaining audiences at various venues throughout Southern California. He submitted demo records and played showcases in an effort to land a record deal, but nothing was forthcoming. Putting his music career on hold at age thirty, he continued to write songs while leading a more traditional life. Eventually, a number of those songs surfaced on Keep It Simple.
Because of the great feedback he has gotten from the people who have heard his first album, Stephens has decided to make another album, which he hopes to release in 2006. He also plans a return to performing, both solo and with a band.
There's Something About The Way You Move
Why Are You So Sad
Doug Deutsch Publicity Services
16403 Bryant St.
North Hills, CA 91343
Web site: www.gregstephensmusic.com