Half Notes: Teddy Presberg – Outcries From A Sea Of Red (2010)

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Teddy Presberg is the kind of jazz guitarist whose greatest appeal likely to come from those music fans where the closest they come to jazz might be Booker T. And the MG’s, early Meters or Harvey Mandel: bluesy and soulful funk instrumentals. And to be sure, Presberg’s songs on Outcries From A Sea Of Red are heavier on the groove than they are on the improvisation. A muddy, analog-ish production puts the music in a 1974 timeframe, and the Rhodes, sax and organ add to that retrofitted sound. “Timebomb,” one of the jazzier jams, and “Thanks Maw” with a tight organ-bass-drums underpinning are two of the better tracks, while “Juicy Peach” borrows liberally—perhaps a little too much—from Eddie Harris’ “Listen Here.”

Outcries From A Sea Of Red, the second album from this St. Louis-based talent, was released last year on Presberg’s own Outright Music imprint.

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S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is an SQL demon for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on jazz.com, AllAboutJazz.com, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. E-mail him at svaaron@somethingelsereviews .com or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SVictorAaron
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