“The very bridge between the forefathers – Clinton, Stone, Hancock – and something like D’Angelo”
-Straight No Chaser
"Composer and executive producer Aja West has mad chops!"
With this release, namesake of Steely Dan’s classic 1977 LP, funk conductor and mystical maestro, Aja West, has conjured a trilogy of jazz-funk albums as tight, complex and forward thinking as any Becker-Fagen concoction. Colorful and uncluttered, Aja’s arrangements show his composing prowess. As always, Aja surrounds himself with a team of crack musicians – such as Money Mark, as well as a host of Pacific Northwest jazz cats – while he leads the way on the Rhodes electric piano, Hohner Clavinet, the ARP String Ensemble, and multiple Moogs.
Taking cues from his Steely idols, as well as another demigod, jazz producer Creed Taylor, Aja West has carefully crafted a string of meticulously executed studio albums, perfectly balanced with the spontaneous and improvised primal nature of jazz-fusion monuments like Miles Davis’ Star People. Aja breathes the same air as these geniuses of the past but is wildly time traveling in his mind. Future music now.
released July 15, 2009
Aja West: rhodes electric piano, clavinet, moog voyager, moog opus 3, arp string ensemble, guitaret, shakers, triangle, wood blocks, chimes, bells
John Wicks: drums
Money Mark: keyboards
Steve Black: electric guitar
Dylan Cooper: upright bass
Hans Teuber: saxophone, clarinet, flute
Steve Moore: synthesizer, electric piano, trombone
Johnny Conga: congas, bongos
Dave Carter: trumpet
Joe Doria: organ
Ryan Smith: organ
Produced, engineered and mixed by Aja West
Mastered by Mike Bozzi
Album Artwork by Aja West
Excellent remix album, plenty of surprises, in some tracks very funky, other remaining more of deep and jazzy Hip-Hop samples.
Highly recommended for everyone looking for a complex trip, but easy to listen ! guy14