Ken Serio: Big Blue Cars


Big Blue Cars


Ken Serio (drums, percussion)


Live …In the Moment (Tripping Tree 71562)

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Ken Serio (drums, percussion), Vic Juris (guitar - left channel), Peter McCann (guitar - right channel), Mark Egan (electric bass).

Recorded: Live at Trumpets, Montclair, N.J. June 21, 2007


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Relatively under-the-radar drummer Ken Serio has brought together a “kick-ass” band for this live performance at Trumpets Jazz club in Montclair, New Jersey. Trumpets patrons must've been delightfully surprised to find four such high-caliber musicians producing an energetically charged evening of musical camaraderie. In this representative cut, the band begins with a wave-like introduction by a driving Serio, matched by a furiously paced run of descending basslines from the masterful Mark Egan, evoking late-'60s surf songs -- but on high octane. Scorching guitar licks by the inventively synthesized Peter McCann yield to a tasteful response from the elder statesman of the group, guitar aficionado Vic Juris. It's a classic guitar shootout. The performance is given dramatic continuity by the ever-probing Egan, whose Jaco influence is unmistakable. In my mind he is the standout on this date. After soaring to a fusion-like frenzy, the group glides in for a gently satisfying landing. Overall, Ken Serio has captured a ton of music in the blues/fusion genre made by musicians having fun playing together. This is certainly worth a listen.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello


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