Ted Nash, The Creep
Three years ago, I was introduced to Ted Nash via his ninth release The Mancini Project; an album that covered the legendary Henry Mancini’s work and I loved what I heard, but a part of me was hoping to hear some new arrangements. On his eleventh album, The Creep, Nash delivers that wish and a whole lot more with a simple and solid quartet featuring; Ron Horton (Trumpet), Paul Siklvie (Bass) and Ulysses Owens (Drums). Nash embraces the alto-sax for these songs, an instrument that has been his trademark over the years.
The Creep is a stripped down affair, the atmosphere is of one of complete freedom; opening track “Organized Crime” defines this loose vibe as Nash and Horton battle it out with some outstanding solos. Follow-up “Burnt Toast and Avocado” has tons of twists and turns rhythmically.
The title track slows things down with some bluesy slides that brings to mind hot summer nights. But my friends….this damn city is crawling with creeps! You can’t help but walk right into trouble…. bearing the name “Plastic Sax Rumble”. “Rumble” will completely take over your auditory space and it is here that the band really hits their groove.
The rest of the album gets spooky real quick; “Cabin Fever” has Siklvie playing the same paranoid bass line repeatedly, as the rest of the group delights in improvising and experimenting with held notes, crawling squeals and percussive tantrums. Closing track “Kaleidoscope” continually changes the pattern of sounds and brings to life to the track’s namesake.
The Creep will be a classic record in Nash’s discography and challenges the industry to be just as confounding, inventive and entertaining. (Plastic Sax Records) ~ 5 Stars