His latest recorded project for Resonant Motion Records is the six-person Envisage Collective. In existence since 2012, the sextet now features Baerman (piano), Kris Allen (alto saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Nadje Noordhuis (trumpet), Ike Sturm (bass), and Allan Mednard (drums). The ensemble's debut album features eight original pieces (two each from Baerman, Dingman, and Allen plus one each from Sturm and Ms. Noordhuis) – while the drummer does not have a composer credit, his playing is often the spark plug for this music, most of which jumps out of the speakers with joy and robust forward motion. Listen to his support of the vibraphone solo on Baerman's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" to get a better understanding of Mednard's importance to this band's sound. Click on the track below, the album opener, to hear how his "snap and pop" makes the music dance.
For more information, go to resonantmotion.org/artists/envisage/.
Here's the opening track:
|Photo: C. Andrew Hovan|
Put on "Beyond Borderline" first thing in the morning and the music will ease you into the day. Listen to this music during a leisurely dinner and it will add spice to the conversation. End the day with the sweet burbling tones of the Hammond B-3 echoing in your ears and mind; the sounds just might make your dreams a bit sweeter. Brian Charette continues to impress with his musicianship, his boundless energy, his creativity, and his sheer joy for music. Make the effort to find this album and you'll be rewarded each time you listen!
For more information, go to www.briancharette.com. The album is available at Charette's website plus iTunes and Amazon.com as well – the latter two are good places to go for sound clips.