Duane Williams, who featured six tracks from the album on his “What’s New” show on WWOZ 90.7 FM, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage station, called it a “fun album.” And the track “Not Where, But When” was the “song of the day” featured on All About Jazz on September 12th. Several tracks have also been featured on Bob Osborne’s radio and podcast show “Aural Delights” and on jazzpress.pl’s founding sequel and publisher Donos Kulturalny this month.
The July issue of Bass Musician Magazine reported: âEaton’s new project is an eclectic expanse of ethereal atmospheres and fields of magnetic and lyrical melodies orbiting a core of contemporary jazz and progressive idioms. Listeners will find elements of jazz, progressive rock, nu jazz, the world, R&B, large ambient spaces and soundtrack vibrations throughout the record. And “… features bass guitar as the lead instrument for much of the instrumental album, including the proggy and upbeat” Four String Theory “, in which all of the tracks from the entire song (including the drum sounds / percussion) were created using the bass, which makes it quite unique.
Other songs, like “Trans-Neptunian Dust”, mix hypnotic and harmonizing horns with an infectious groove. As the captivating “Alone on Top of Ahuna Mons” and the majestically optimistic “Jovian Empyrean” revolve around the piano and strings with the bass performing lyrical lines.
Eaton not only plays bass, but also drums, guitars, keyboards and percussion on record, not to mention his behind-the-desk duties as a producer / engineer. He is also joined by his brother, Bill, who performed with former Guns N ‘Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, playing lead guitar on “Superheavy Metals of Ceres”. The track features the two brothers exchanging saturated guitar and keyboard solos over a heavy and syncopated rhythm section.
Regarding the inspiration for The Known Space Project, Eaton commented in Bass Musician Magazine: kid in the 70s on Metheny’s Bright Size Life. It seemed natural to me to gravitate around the potential energy of the bass guitar when it came to directing the selection of instruments for this project.
Using his ultimate instrument, the studio, Eaton shaped the sound of the album using as a benchmark a Grammy Award-winning engineering recording by a sophisticated jazz-rock band. And using the techniques of renowned mastering engineer Bob Katz to achieve wide dynamic range, depth and dimension with minimal use of compression. The result is a recording with excellent transient clarity and dynamics that sound crisp, crisp and open.
The Portland-based musician began his musical career in Chicago studying music theory and jazz piano in college. After college, he opened his recording studio and independent label, Eatin ‘Records, producing / recording artists like Frank Catalano, Dave Uhrich, the Eaton North band (with over 45,000 radio tours Pandora to date) and TD Clark (Dee Snider guitarist) who toured with Bad Company and Ted Nugent while promoting his debut album Eatin ‘. In 2011, Eaton released their first solo album, Graphic Nature, with a cover of Seal’s âCrazyâ which was ranked # 1 Best Performance on Alanis Morissette’s version on SecondHandSongs.com. Radio host / DJ Tim Lamping said, âBrian Eaton has proven he can play any genre with his first solo album, Graphic Nature. Brian returns with a futuristic, spatial and rock fusion instrumental record. And saxophonist and jazz producer Frank Catalano exclaimed: â… ‘The Known Space Project’ is beautiful music with a lot of atmosphere that made me travel. Exactly what my soul needed. Thanks a lot Brian! â
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