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Progressive and forward thinking rock with tinges of jazz, psychedelia and funk highlight this album from the always eclectic Joe 'Guido' Welsh. Pop fusion? Yes! Bombastic and sweet, outside and in, Nothing Left To Say brings it right out of the box. There's some blowing and there's some space. Heavy grooves and sonic seasonings. It's all here. Modern but vintage sounding goodness featuring three former members of Todd Rundgren's Utopia (John Siegler, Kevin Ellman & Roger Powell), Reeves Gabrels from Tin Machine, and a bevy of incredible and groovy Nashville hot dawgs (Jim Riley, Steve King, Chris Rodriguez, Dann Sherrill & Jim Hoke).
The live version of Joe 'Guido' Welsh's "Nothing Left To Say" featuring Jim Riley on drums, John Siegler on bass, Chris Rodriguez on guitar, Steve King on keys, Randy Leago on woodwinds, keys and percussion along with composer/guitarist Joe 'Guido' Welsh!
Live video performance of Joe 'Guido' Welsh's "Nothing Left To Say" filmed at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN.
This is one of the silliest Thelonious Monk tribute albums ever recorded. Some listeners may find it hilarious, while others will probably be annoyed. Joe "Guido" Welsh and Steve Million create outlandish sounds on their synthesizers while playing 15 Monk songs. While the melodies are stated and kept close by throughout, the unusual sounds constantly grab one's attention, particularly some of the crazier tonal distortions. At times the ensemble sounds like it is playing circus music (as on "Jackie-Ing"), emulating a carousel, coming up with the theme for a 1960s James Bond movie, or providing some background music for go-go dancers. Is it corny? Is it inventive? It will be up to the individual listener to decide. The final two cuts are not listed and are "bonuses," including "Oska T." which has a conversation between an overly passionate rockish guitar and a banjo. Most definitely, Welsh and Million (along with their backup rhythm sections) certainly had a good time in putting together this memorable if absolutely nutty project.
Those wacky funsters responsible for the much talked about Yes, We Didn't are back with a band this time out. Thelonious Moogs American Standard salutes such timeless (or tired depending on your perspective) jazz standards as Take 5, I Got Rhythm and Tea For Two with rollicking new arrangements via the twisted minds of Joe Guido Welsh and Steve Million. Also present are a few oddball tracks like Frank Zappaa Duodenum, Dutch prog-giants Focus Hocus Pocus and Raymond Scotts often ripped Powerhouse. All are presented with much more swing than psychedelic swagger and rely less on synthesizers than their previous release. A groovy, swingin time is guaranteed for all!
For this 2002 outing, Guido assumes the singer/songwriter role and shows his Americana roots with “Seaworthy”. This collection features appearances by Levon Helm & Garth Hudson from The Band, E Street bassist Garry Tallent, rock n’ roll sax legends Jim Horn and Bobby Keys and NRBQ bassist Joey Spampinato along with string arrangements by the legendary Jimmie Haskell and many of Nashville’s amazing session aces. A stellar rhythm section of Paul Griffith & Dave Jaques, guitar heroes Kenny Vaughan & Richard Bennett and keyboard wizardry from Jerry Dale McFadden and Steve Conn! Several “bonus tracks” and stellar packaging make this an enjoyable listen for all!