I have released a new CD, “DIGITAL SILENCE” available for purchase or download through CD Baby, Reverbnation, and at iTunes. The album features nine original tunes exploring a range of musical worlds including jazz, rock, progressive, new-age, and electronic. The CD opens with “The Journey”, sounding initially like progressive rock before transforming into latin jazz and finally jazz-funk. “Sleepwalking” offers a somnambulistic mood, exploring the dreamlike state between sleep and awareness. “Dark Light Part I” and especially “Dark Light Part II” are musical “film-noir”, evoking moods from the post war era of the last century. “Pyranees” is symphonic in nature, representing the majesty of the natural world. “Digital Silence”, “Labyrinth” and especially “Slang City” are more abstract and draw from electronic styles of music. The dominant melodic voices on the CD are fretted and fretless electric and MIDI bass, as well as keyboards. You can find the CD at the following links:
SECOND WORLD is an alternate musical universe, exploring light and shadow, joy and sadness, the conventional and the unfamiliar. The music fuses traditional jazz forms with elements of new age, rock, and electronica. An “electronic orchestra” of drum programming, keyboards, fretted and fretless electric basses, as well as MIDI bass are all put to work in its realization. All the music is written and performed by electric bassist ERROLL ZASTRE. Originally influenced by the Beatles, other genres and artists eventually became infused into his musical fabric including the explorations of Miles Davis, the world fusion of Weather Report, the unique guitar of Robert Fripp, and the synthesized ruminations of Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, and Isao Tomita. By creating all the musical elements and textures, Erroll strives to reach a unique musical vision. Admittedly, this departure from traditional group music making will not be for everyone. However, if you like the musical style dubbed “Nu Jazz”, “Electro-jazz” or “Future Jazz” which blends elements of jazz with other styles such as electronica, and turns the focus of the music to the compositions and not the virtuosity of the performers, then SECOND WORLD may be for you.