“...Christiansen lights a rhythmic fire that never flickers, punctuating chords with precision and soloing with zeal...”
- Downbeat Magazine
Still retaining a thoroughly modern jazz aesthetic, guitarist Corey Christiansen here looks to traditional cowboy songs and melodies of the frontier for inspiration, capturing the sweeping vistas of the western landscape through open vamps, searing solos and spacious grooves. With keyboardists Steve Allee & Zach Lapidus, bassist Jeremy Allen, drummer Matt Jorgensen and master percussionist Mike Spiro.
1. DYING CALIFORNIAN (7:10)
2. STREETS OF LAREDO (6:52)
3. IN THE PINES (6:56)
4. CALIFORNIA WIDOW (4:39)
5. SITTIN' ON TOP OF THE WORLD (4:22)*
6. EL PASO (6:33)
7. BURY ME NOT ON THE LONE PRAIRIE (4:46)*
8. CHAPARRAL (4:02)
9. IL GRANDE MASSACRO (3:41)
10. RED RIVER VALLEY / BOOTYARD 4:07
* only included on the CD/iTunes version
COREY CHRISTIANSEN - guitar
STEVE ALLEE - keyboards, piano
ZACH LAPIDUS - keyboards, piano, SuperCollider
JEREMY ALLEN - acoustic and electric bass
MATT JORGENSEN - drums
MICHAEL SPIRO - percussion
Produced by Corey Christiansen & Jeremy Allen
Recorded & Mixed by Jake Besler at Farm Fresh Studios, Bloomington, IN. August 30 & 31, 2012
Additional Recording by Tim Moes at WhySound Studios, Logan UT, January 3, 2013
Mastered by John McCaig at panicStudios, Seattle, WA
Photography by Casey McFarland
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
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