Everything Looks Like a Hammer?

When you’re pianist Neil Alexander and your band is named NAIL, you’ve already got a sense of irony. Playful, raw and energetic, NAIL’s music defies category. There's jazz influences, fusion, funk and more. Being tender is not foreign territory either: Alexander's cover of “Darn that Dream" (from "Solo Piano Vol. 1”) is full of rolling... Continue Reading →

Ratzo Harris’s Vibrational Wow

Playing mightily with meter, the aptly named Alt.Timers gives the ear food for thought. Not only are its rhythms unexpected; melodies ask you to relinquish control and go where they want to take you. Bassist Ratzo Harris (also a multi-instrumentalist: guitar, cello, trumpet, more) provides satisfying contrast with his deep, assertive tones against the sibilant... Continue Reading →

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