4 out of 5
Demon might be a bit much, but it’s definitely a monster.
Front Range keyboardist, composer and teacher Erik Deutsch has named his new psychedelic soul jazz disc Demonio Teclado, or “demon keyboard,” but it’s far too smooth and refined to be demonic.
The renowned player, who was part of the Charlie Hunter Trio and has played with other artists as wide ranging as Norah Jones and Shooter Jennings, recorded the album in Brooklyn and it showcases what a monster he is on keys. Deutsch is joined by an ensemble that features Tony Mason, Benjamin Rubin, Jeff Hill, Brandon Seabrook, Glenn Taylor, and Jon Gray.
The disc oozes with a professional flare and highlights some truly excellent compositions and arrangements, with each member of the ensemble carrying ample weight, but all working together to weave a sturdy platform for Deutsch to show his range. From the beautiful ballad “Creepers” to the almost Tool-lie “DDT,” the disc is as good as it is diverse. — BFJ
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