Nobu Stowe: Steinway Grand Piano, Fender Rhodes & Wurlitzer El. Pianos
Ray Sage: Drums
Ross Bonadonna: Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Lee Pembleton: Sound
Chris Kelsey: Soprano Saxophone
All music was spontaneously composed/improvised by R.Bonadonna, C.Kelsey, L.Pembleton, R.Sage, N.Stowe
All music is published by Pochi Neko Ongaku Syuppan (BMI)
Recorded at Roulette, NYC (September 25, 2010)
Concert produced by Jim Staley – Recorded by Woramon Jamjod
Mixed by Lee Pembleton & Nobu Stowe (August, 2011)
Special Thanks: Andrea Centazzo, Jim Staley, Woramon Jamjod (and all the wonderful staffs at Roulette!), Giovanni & Flavio Bonandrini, Kenny Inaoka (Jazz Tokyo)
Mastered, designed & produced by Andrea Centazzo in LA, October 2012
Cover illustration by Honyo Ohte (Tako Production)
My album “Confusion Bleue” was released on Soul Note/Black Saint Record in the summer of 2010. Unfortunately, this album became the final release from the legendary Italian label.
Fortunately, the album gained much critical acclaim, the artistic synergy between musicians was evident, and so the band (now christened “Confusion Bleue”) decided to sail on exploring ‘total improvisation’ — fully improvised music with healthy respects to melody and tonal harmony. A superb opportunity arrived when Roulette (still at the old address on West Broadway) booked us along with my dear friend Andrea Centazzo on September 25, 2010.
The bassist Tyler Goodwin who contributed beautifully to the original album had since joined the US Army band, was stationed in Germany, and so could not participate. But Chris Kelsey joined for the occasion and inspired the remaining members. What you are hearing in this album is exactly how the music emerged on that early autumn night in New York. We are all extremely happy that this high-spirited concert is now being released on another legendary label, ICTUS Records.
Nobu Stowe (October 2012)