Scott Pemberton Trio Has Me Jazzed

A friend of mine turned me on to a band from the Pacific Northwest, Scott Pemberton Trio.  This is a jazz band that seems to be able to improvise with the best while still holding a killer coherent groove.  They have released their self titled debut on their own.  I have been listening to this for a few weeks now and I cannot get enough. The track that made me stop and listen to it a 2nd time right away was a cover of Nirvana's Love Buzz.  This is not a 2nd rate cover but a nod to a band from the area that obviously had a huge impact a few years ago.  It stays true to the original yet works as a jazz-rock-grunge-fusion tune.

This is the perfect music to listen to while you sit back and enjoy with a nice tall glass of lemonade on a summer evening.  The playing is top rate and you can just feel the excitement build in each song.  The guitar work by Mr. Pemberton is top notch and he has a band of fantastic musicians on the stage with him.  The band is tight, and very talented with each musician giving the next room to play and breathe while keeping the songs on track.  No easy feat by listening to what sounds like a good amount of improvising.

Even though I feel this album is mostly jazz there are elements of rock, pop, country and almost anything else you can think of.  This sounds almost familiar yet new, modern and polished and still raw & almost old school.  The disk was recorded live and I think that may be why is has this feel to it.  In my opinion this is a very good thing.

Check out the video below and also the link to their website where you can purchase the album.  If this band ever goes on a national tour I would have to believe they would tear apart any place they would play.  I think this is a band that will be on the radar for some time to come.

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