Jeff Ballard - Fairgrounds Vinyl LP
Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds Vinyl LP
Jeff Ballard ranks among the most inventive and adventurous drummers of his generation. He makes music that feels like the 21st century – open, fluid, ever-developing; a sound informed by jazz but truly coming to life where musical worlds collide: acoustic and electric, swinging and ambient, analogue and digital, accessible and experimental. The virtuoso, who made his name playing with Ray Charles, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau, is not inhibited by convention. His music is honest, original and adventurous with a ceaseless desire and energy to move people emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Ballard's latest project and album Fairgrounds, released on Edition Records, provides a freedom to explore and to express himself with musicians who are close to his heart and mind. The result is highly captivating and bursting with energy. With a rich and flexible musical language, embracing influences as diverse as Jazz, Rock, Pop, Electronica and West African music, Fairgrounds is a unique insight into the distinctive sound world of Jeff Ballard.
"The only direction or concept I imposed on the players in this group was to feel an absolute freedom to play (or not) whatever they want at any given time," Ballard notes. "Totally freedom was the only restriction. Structures came from content, or sometimes the structure was already there if we happen to play a specific song but it would be a very new version each time. The music and how we played it came from the moment we all shared then and there, always."
Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds Track Listing:
1. Grounds Entrance
2. YEAH PETE!
3. The Man’s Gone
4. I Saw A Movie
5. Hit The Dirt
7. Marche Exotique
8. Grungy Brew
10. Soft Rock
11. Cherokee Rose
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