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Patrick Grant Paints Eclectic Picture with Album ‘A Sequence of Waves’

By JOHN DALY

Patrick Grant’s album, A Sequence of Waves is appropriately titled as the listener is bombarded with all types of soundwaves for a series of 13 songs.

It is hardly rock. It’s not new wave, nor is it electro or hip-hop or any particular style of music. It is a collection of symphonic, wordless songs that convey a range of emotion packed neatly into a convenient delivery. And, oddly, amidst the studied random approach, there is something peaceful about this quasi-chaotic production of instrumental music.

What’s In a Name?

With enticing names and elegant execution, Grant’s work is a combination of the best of all genres rolled into one captivating and joyous collection.

 

Songs Communicate Without Words

The songs don’t have words, but that’s not to say they don’t each have something important to say. There is yearning, protest, love and wonder in this collection of eclectic tunes.

In “Seven Years At Sea” the listener can practically hear someone calling out across a barren ocean — calling out to no one — and it is as lonely as you would expect.  Then there’s “Lonely Ride Coney Island,” that puts the listener on a slow-moving ferris wheel and “Primary Blues,” a bold and serious approach. But these tunes are each at once fascinating and mystifying in their exacting approach.

One would never have believed a song called “Alcohol” could be so compelling.  The listener can hear the creeping danger in the song “Tobacco” and as to be expected the song “Firearms” is truly explosive and helter skelter.  It’s humorous that the three songs follow each other in order on the album.

Awards and Accolades for Grant

Grant has a multitude of accolades and awards. He is a multiple recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award, he’s a Detroit Music Awards nominee and he created scores for legendary theater and dance companies. Grant is also a member of Robert Fripp’s Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists for five years and he’s a professor at the NYU Film School.

Obviously this professor can teach us all a thing or two about communicating in a world so driven by self-centered writings and ego-enhancing endeavors.

Members/Instruments:

Patrick Grant: guitar, bass, viola, piano, keyboards and percussion

John Ferrari: drums, mallet instruments and percussion

Nick Didkovsky: guitar solo on “Primary Blues”

Dan Cooper: 7-string electric bass

Lynn Bechtold: violin

Dan Barrett: cello

Production: Patrick Grant

 

‘Music for Mobile Guitars’ The Latest Work by Tilted Axes and its Creative Leader Patrick Grant

Patrick Grant is the creative behind the group Tilted Axes. Tilted Axes has released a new album, 'Music for Mobile Guitars'

Tilted Axes has released a new album, ‘Music for Mobile Guitars’ – Photo courtesy Tilted Axes for EastCoastRocker.com

By JOHN DALY

Imagine an army of cordless electric guitars marching down the street playing innovative Balinese-like beats.  Outside your window.  In New York City.

With Music for Mobile Guitars, the new release by Tilted Axes, that’s basically what you’re getting plus more.

Patrick Grant created Tilted Axes in 2011 as a way of freeing the electric guitar from traditional band constrictions — basically like cords and amps.

Grant was interested to lead the celebration Make Music Winter, the event that brings NYC alive with parades in honor of the winter solstice.

The guitarists of Tilted Axes perform original compositions written by Grant as well as those from the Tilted repertoire, using portable amplifiers strapped to their sides.  Check out the Tilted Axes website.

As for the new album, it’s clear that Grant loves the Gamelan music. That’s clear. Grant is a composer and performer who creates music for a wide range of media.  Originally from Detroit, he studied at the Juilliard School, worked on the production team for composer John Cage, and produced his first recordings at the studios of Philip Glass. He led the compositional element of a project for the Millennium, on which he worked with Quincy Jones and Billy Joel. His travels to Bali heavily influenced his music.

Patrick Grant is the creative behind the group Tilted Axes. Tilted Axes has released a new album, 'Music for Mobile Guitars'

Tilted Axes has released a new album, ‘Music for Mobile Guitars’ – Photo courtesy Tilted Axes for EastCoastRocker.com

Consistent and Powerful

The album is consistent if anything. One doesn’t have to be a fan of what appears to be random riffs played in concert with others to appreciate that they’re being played well.

Music for the Mobile Guitar is a techno-jazz creation with an upbeat element that makes us enthusiastic for the future of original music. Let’s just say the great Frank Zappa, who exhibited disdain for his own fans and worshippers and truly did his own thing, might have raised a quasi-approving eyebrow.

While there are plenty of interesting songs to take you there, our favorites on the album are the victorious “Asciae Obliquiae,” the wild, rush-hour infused “Corridor 84 + Krimson Coda,” and the melodic “Tilted Axes Theme.”

There is enough cohesiveness to hold this new work together and gain the nod of purists, while tickling an avant-garde fancy in the most ardent of admirers of the genre.