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Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta — The Bucket List

Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta — The Bucket List (Jan. 11, 2019)    Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta — The Bucket List Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta — The Bucket List (Jan. 11, 2019)✹    Fast forward to 2018, the recordings are given a fresh breath of air plus added tracks to formulate a collection of actual songs. The end result is executive producer Paul Grimsland finally getting to tick off a box of his Bucket List. Like a fine wine, The Bucket List has been aged to perfection and is ready for consumption from an audience thirsting for this musical delight.
Location: Woodstock, New York
Recorded at:
•    Jersville Studio, Woodstock, NY
•    Dreamland Recording Studio, Woodstock, NY
•    Kegworth Studio, Nashville, TN
Album release: Jan. 11, 2019
Record Label: Self Produced
Duration:     47:22
Tracks:
01 Sometimes 11   3:25
02 Fearless   4:06
03 Midland Crisis   3:52
04 Sometimes We Up   7:15
05 Stella Luna   4:03
06 Steely Funk   4:47
07 Where’s Phil   1:38
08 Phil’s On   3:22
09 Caravan   5:27
10 Carved In Stone   5:00
11 Good Stuff   2:28
12 Blue Hawaii   1:59
Personnel:
✹    Phil Keaggy: guitar;
✹    Tony Levin: bass, stick;
✹    Jerry Marotta: drums, percussion.
Credits:
•    Executive Producer: Paul Grimsland
•    Produced by: KLM
•    Engineers: Roman Klun, Pete Caigan, Adam Armstrong, Dylan Shad, Ariel Shafir
•    Engineer/Editor Extraordinaire: PTK
•    Mixed by: Michael Cozzi
•    Mastering: Chris Athens
•    Art Direction/Cover Design: Christine Baldelli/Lillypod Media
•    Photography: Edward AJAJ
•    Strategic Liaison: A.J. Chippero
PHIL KEAGGY
•    Having recorded over 60 albums since the late 1960’s, Phil Keaggy is one of the most admired guitarists in the Contemporary Christian music world. Phil’s talents have earned him two Grammy nominations as well as being a seven time recipient of the GMA Dove Award for Instrumental Album of the Year.
TONY LEVIN
•    How many musicians can claim they recorded/toured with King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Yes, and let’s not forget John Lennon? Bassist and Stick player Tony Levin can and that’s barely scratching the surface of his musical biography. When Tony’s not bouncing between King Crimson and Peter Gabriel, he’s usually found on the road with The Stick Men.
JERRY MAROTTA
•    For over a decade, Tony along with drummer Jerry Marotta were the rhythm section for the classic Peter Gabriel years. Jerry’s unique percussion style has graced the music of Paul McCartney, Hall & Oats, Elvis Costello, The Indigo Girls and so many others. These days, Jerry never takes a break working with The Security Project, The Marotta Brothers Band, The Fragile Fate and Flav Martin.
About:
✹    The Bucket List is the collective effort of guitar extraordinaire Phil Keaggy, legendary bassist Tony Levin and rhythm master Jerry Marotta featuring 12 original instrumentals that showcase the strengths of these three musicians.
✹    Having recorded over 60 albums since the late 1960’s, Phil Keaggy is one of the most admired guitarists in the Contemporary Christian music world. Phil’s talents have earned him two Grammy nominations as well as being a seven time recipient of the GMA Dove Award for Instrumental Album of the Year.
✹    How many musicians can claim they recorded/toured with King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Yes, and let’s not forget John Lennon? Bassist and Stick player Tony Levin can and that’s barely scratching the surface of his musical biography. When Tony’s not bouncing between King Crimson and Peter Gabriel, he’s usually found on the road with The Stick Men.
✹    For over a decade, Tony along with drummer Jerry Marotta were the rhythm section for the classic Peter Gabriel years. Jerry’s unique percussion style has graced the music of Paul McCartney, Hall & Oats, Elvis Costello, The Indigo Girls and so many others. These days, Jerry never takes a break working with The Security Project, The Marotta Brothers Band, The Fragile Fate and Flav Martin.
✹    The genesis of this super trio can be traced back over ten years ago when Phil, Tony and Jerry first met in Woodstock for an impromptu jam session that lead to a live show and a whole lot of improvisation left in the can. Over the years the material was revisited and reworked then left to age in the barrel a little longer.
✹    Fast forward to 2018, the recordings are given a fresh breath of air plus added tracks to formulate a collection of actual songs. The end result is executive producer Paul Grimsland finally getting to tick off a box of his Bucket List. Like a fine wine, The Bucket List has been aged to perfection and is ready for consumption from an audience thirsting for this musical delight.
Review
By JOHN BRICKER, January 11, 2019; Score: ****
✹    The Bucket List, a collaborative album featuring guitarist Phil Keaggy, bassist Tony Levin and drummer Jerry Marotta, is a beautiful collection of lush and diverse instrumental songs. Each musician is an accomplished and talented artist in their own right. Keaggy has been nominated for several Grammys for his performances in contemporary Christian music, and has a huge catalog of solo records. Levin has recorded and toured with King Crimson, and played with Peter Gabriel alongside Marotta starting in 1978. The Bucket List’s material began in 2008 when the trio recorded freeform jam sessions at Marotta’s home studio in Woodstock, New York. The final album is the product of years of reworking and refining.
✹    The passion poured into The Bucket List is obvious on its best songs. “Sometimes We Up” opens with a subtle blend of acoustic guitar, steady bass and light drums. About halfway into the track, acoustic strumming and drums lock into a stable groove, giving Keaggy room for a gorgeous solo, exploring a wide range of soft tones and expressive melodies. Layers of fuzzy power chords guide the folksy jam into rock, building momentum with more and more layers before fading away into the distance. Although this track exceeds seven minutes, its constant evolution and cozy atmosphere keep it consistently engaging.
✹    Another one of the trio’s longer songs, “Caravan,” also stands out as one of its best, instantly creating arid tension with muffled electric guitar over crisp drums, shimmering acoustic guitars and subtle bass. Although Marotta gets a chance to display his light touch without the rest of the band near the track’s midpoint, Keaggy steals the spotlight with frantic leads. Ambient splashes of reversed cymbals and guitars lead the track down before acoustic arpeggios leave the song hanging at a tantalizing open cadence.
✹    The Bucket List also boasts tracks which deviate from the trio’s loose format by pursuing separate aesthetics and paring back instrumentation. Although “Where’s Phil” lasts for less than two minutes, its exotic percussion and warm bass effortlessly establish a nocturnal atmosphere. This short groove gives Marotta and Levin a chance to shine without layers of Keaggy’s guitars.
✹    “Carved In Stone” piles on more guitars than anywhere else. From its opening cowbell to bluesy power chords, this track bleeds nostalgia and grit while Keaggy delivers his sharpest and most expressive leads. A breakdown at the track’s midpoint piles on layers of guitars and bass all repeating one earworm riff. The track eventually fades away through a mass of distorted guitars.
✹    The album closes with its most peaceful track, “Blue Hawaii.” For two short minutes, Keaggy delivers melancholy melodies over gently warping chords, nimble basslines and a spacey drum beat. This short outro acts as excellent release after all of the trio’s energetic jams, ending the album with a relaxing breath of fresh air.
✹    Keaggy, Levin and Marotta have created an album with enough variety and character to demand repeated listens. If you crave flawlessly performed and beautifully produced instrumental jazz fusion, The Bucket List is for you. ✹    https://www.allaboutjazz.com/
Bandcamp: https://keaggylevinmarotta.bandcamp.com/album/the-bucket-list
Website: https://www.jerrymarotta.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jerrymarotta
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Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta — The Bucket List

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