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Jazz Releases

Obscure Sorrows (2018)

Genre: Modern jazz, Experimental, Free jazz

Released May 15, 2018

Personel:

 

Ryan Carraher-Guitar/Composition/Production/Arranging

Steve Wilkinson-Drums/Arranging (Tracks 5 & 7)

Greg Toro-Bass

Colin Edgar-Saxophones

Evan Waaraama-Keyboards/Piano

Keith Asack-Engineering/Mixing

Reviews:

All About Jazz

Vintage Guitar Magazine (review)

modernjazz.gr

"At this early stage in his career, guitarist Ryan Carraher already had his own style and individual voice as both a performer and an arranger-composer. A graduate of Berklee, he has played a wide variety of music professionally since the age of 13 with artists ranging from Allan Holdsworth and Jimmy Heath to Grand Funk. Based in Massachusetts, Carraher released his debut album Vocturnal in 2016.

            Obscure Sorrows is a rather unusual and stimulating set of adventurous music that is inspired by John Koenig’s unique Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows. Koenig in his work made up new words to describe specific types of odd sadnesses that had not been adequately described before. For example, “Lachesis” is the desire to be struck by disaster, “Kuebiko” is a fatigue generated by senseless violence, and “Vemodalen” is the modern malice defined as suffering" the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist!”  Carraher named his nine originals on Obscure Sorrows after some of his favorite Koenig words including those three.

            Somehow Ryan Carraher, with keyboardist Evan Waaraama, bassist Greg Toro, drummer Steve Wilkinson and tenor-saxophonist Colin Edgar, manages to convey these esoteric emotions. The opener, “Paro” (meaning a gloomy and lonely place), starts quietly, has a mysterious atmosphere even as it builds into a groove, and picks up momentum before becoming an unaccompanied guitar solo. “Daguerreologue” (an imaginary interview with an old photo of oneself) is filled with distorted tones, as if the communication is taking place through time and with static. The complex “Lachesism’ has the ensemble creating an ominous mood that is attenuated through the complex theme and dark solos. “Oleka” (the awareness of how few days of one’s life are significant) is thoughtful and introspective, played at a lower volume. “Kuebiko” which is filled with rockish outbursts and a contrast between fiery moments and desolate stretches, is quite a contrast. “Vemodalen,” which is about frustration, also contrasts explosive stretches with moments of mildly disturbing peace.

            “Altschmerz” (a weariness at always having the same old boring issues of life) begins with a purposeful lack of enthusiasm but then picks up steam and gets funky. The guitar and tenor solos are among the strongest and most emotional of the program before keyboardist Waaraama takes the song out. The finale, a two-part “Klexos” (about dwelling on the past and having its meanings open to changes and new interpretations), features free and conversational interplay between flute, keyboards, guitar and an opera singer.

            Performed with consistent creativity and top-notch musicianship, the music on Obscure Sorrows will certainly keep listeners guessing. One looks forward to Ryan Carraher’s future inspirations, and more new words from John Koenig."

 

        -Scott Yanow,

         jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including The Great Jazz Guitarists, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76

Vocturnal (2016)

Genre: Modern jazz

Released March 16, 2016

Personel:

 

Ryan Carraher-Guitar/Composition/Production/Arranging

Steve Wilkinson-Drums/Arranging 

Greg Toro-Bass

Brandon Wilkins-Saxophones

Evan Waaraama-Keyboards/Piano

Keith Asack-Engineering/Mixing

Reviews:

All About Jazz

Music Street Journal

Grateful Web

Audio Lifestyle (Poland)

The Noise Boston

mwe3 Interview

Vintage Guitar Magazine (review)

Vintage Guitar Magazine (interview)

Eclipservent (2017)

Genre: Free jazz, Improvised

Released September 10, 2017

Personel:

 

Ryan Carraher-Guitar

Erik van Dam-saxophones

Alex Gasser-Bass

Rory Walsh-Drums & Percussion

Raineater (2017)

Genre: Free jazz, Improvised

Released July 12, 2017

Personel:

 

Ryan Carraher-Guitar

Erik van Dam-saxophones

Reviews:

Vintage Guitar Magazine (review)

I Am\Never Was (2017)

Genre: Free jazz, Improvised, Solo Guitar

Released May 30, 2017

Personel:

 

Ryan Carraher-Guitar