Bruce Aitken: Once Upon a No Name (bandcamp)

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Bruce Aitken: Once Upon a No Name (bandcamp)

Elsewhere recently took a close listen to The Face Vol 1 by Sydney-based expat Kiwi percussionist Bruce Aitken (and some excellent friends) and were mightily impressed by the improvised diversity on display

We look forward to Vol 2 (if there is one, Aitken's a bit eccentric in that regard) but meantime Aitken has started a new series loosely based on the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone/Ennio Morricone/Clint Eastwood (aka the man with no name) and films with titles which start Once Upon a Time . . .

On the eight pieces here (all with the title Once Upon a No Name) are different players: among the cast are guitarist Sam Troy, violinist David Evans, harmonica player Peri Grant (it's a spaghetti western, there had to be a lonesome harmonica), bassist Tony Waine and Stephen Galvin . . .

These are eight different interpretations over Aitken's backing track and most evoke something of Morricone's off-kilter and idiosyncratic style.

The sheer diversity of instruments and approaches make this yet another fascinating installment in the award-winning Aitken's expanding catalogue.

(He also released Just Drums and Me last month alongside this, and has a new one out now already, Penny Wise which is some of his pop, rock and reggae material collected.)

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You can hear and buy Bruce Aitken's music at bandcamp here

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