Ede Wright: Abaddon
Ede Wright (electric guitar, percussion, programming)
Ede Wright (electric guitar, percussion, programming),
Marc Miller (bass), Chris Burroughs (drums).
Composed by Ede Wright.
Recorded: Atlanta, Georgia, March 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
"Abaddon," the opener from Ede Wright's Earthbound Gravity, introduces this Atlanta-based guitarist as a composer capable of constructing memorable, incisive melodies delivered in fuss-free and driving, economical arrangements. It's jazz with a contemporary feel, but much too organic and demanding to call it Smooth. On the contrary, Wright, bassist Marc Miller and drummer Chris Burroughs climb over a broken bossa nova rhythm with swinging ease, benefiting from clean production that accentuates sharp playing instead of covering up shortfalls. Owner of a pleasing tone and slippery lines, Wright plays with enthusiastic authority and spins off tasty licks as naturally as Larry Carlton.
It was in fact Carlton's Mr. 335 Live In Japan that I was listening to just prior to playing Wright's CD for the first time, and I couldn't detect any erosion of artistry on the switchover. That's one heck of a first impression Ede Wright makes.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron