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Aaron Comess: Blues For Use

by Amy Burger on July 10, 2014

Amid recording with the likes Joan Osborne, Edie Brickell and Charlie Sexton, as well as his own groups, New York Electric Piano and Spin Doctors, drummer/multi-instrumentalist Aaron Comess has released his latest solo effort. Along with guitarist Teddy Kumpel and bassist Richard Hammond, Comess delivers 12 short-but-sweet instrumentals, ranging from ethereal jams to plucky twang to psychedelic hard rock. Together, they manage to convey a plethora of moods and emotions without any words. “Hard Ball” teases playfully back and forth between fierce rock rhythms and a slow, melodic lullaby. Aptly titled “Sunrise” washes over gently with Kumpel’s dreamy guitar effects, followed in stark contrast by the heavy, Deep Purple-ish “Gorilla.” These well-layered compositions provide a sumptuous auditory feast for serious music fans.

Authors: Amy Burger
Artist: Aaron Comess
Album: Blues For Use
Label: Innsbruck/Hey Boy

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