Aphotic

by Bryan Baker

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Bryan Baker's debut album, recorded when he was 19 years old and steeped heavily in the jazz and avant garde music of his childhood has been called:

"A player of jaw-dropping technique and ferocious intensity with a darkly alluring musical vision, guitarist Bryan Baker is a leading light among a new breed of six-string renegades who are tearing it up with reckless abandon while pushing stylistic boundaries with impunity. His (debut record) Aphotic is the most startlingly original debut by a guitarist since Pat Metheny's Bright Size Life." - Jazz Times

"Aphotic is the debut album by guitarist Bryan Baker and his quartet. On it, they play through an all-original program that shows Baker to be an impressive guitarist and composer and his band to be top-quality players. Baker's compositions employ nice knotty melodies and usually multiple themes which the band negotiates with ease. These guys are in full control of the dynamics, sometimes moving quickly from quiet passages to intense ones. The tunes leave plenty of room for improvisation and both Baker and sax player Aaron Henry take full advantage. Both show a lot of restraint in their playing, not afraid to use lots of space but also able to burn when the need arises. Electric bass player Bryan Ladd makes very judicious and generally subtle use of effects, only stepping forward to solo on "Lesser Evils." Drummer Nick Falk is absolutely remarkable for the way he responds to the soloing; his playing throughout is fantastic. David Tronzo adds a bit of almost-star power to one track, but it's Baker and his band that should make you seek this one out. This is a truly impressive debut album."

credits

released January 6, 2006

Bryan Baker: Guitars/Composition
Aaron Henry: Saxophone
Bryan Ladd: Bass
Nick Falk: Drums
All Songs 2006 Enilkrad Music ASCAP

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Bryan Baker

Bryan Baker has inspired and amazed audiences since his professional career began at the age of 12 with his utterly singular and technically ferocious guitar style.
Often referred to as “an incredible mix of Ornette Coleman, Jimi Hendrix, Meshuggah and Sonic Youth”, Bryan Baker’s guitar style has carved out an immovable and impossible to replicate place for himself within the modern music scene.
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