Joe Marcinek is releasing his new CD Both Sides on December 7th at Amore in Crown Point, Indiana. The guitarist studied at Indiana State University and it shows! The record borrows elements from a number of popular styles like jazz, rock and jambands. All forms improvisational but drawn together by great arrangements and just enough technical flash. The first half of the batch is really superb and offers something truly unique in the northwest Indiana music scene.
One stand out track on Both Sides is the song “Hyperbole.” You’ll hear local bass savant Buddy Pearson work. This guy is interstellar, a must see performer in any live ensemble. On “Sun God” Marcinek posits a shimmering guitar figure, it repeats its descending lick like rays of cosmic light. In the keyboard solo that follows listen for Waz, who also performs in Freek Johnson with Pearson.
The refreshing presence of violin and saxophone in flashes helps to ward off any sense of monotony. The colors aid to move the music and keep it fresh when other composers might rely on a more monochrome palette. If you have the time check them out December 7th for the CD release or follow the link below to keep in the know.
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