For many years of my life, I was a drummer. Not a fantastic drummer, but good enough to share a few stages with small bands. However, I was never truly dedicated to music theory. Being a drummer I never thought the theory was that relevant. Most of what I would like to learn, I could learn by ear.
It was years later that the regret came. I even took piano lessons, but after a certain age, learning demands more time and dedication than I had time available for.
But there is still part of me that wishes I could go back. And these moments usually happen after listening what I consider inspiring music. And it could be virtually anything. And the main criteria I have for that is when I sense that an artist has dedicated his life to music. Learning and practicing for hours, are clearly visible (or “listenable”) in a recorded song.
All of this intro is to say that,has inspired me. His music, from start to finish, especially in his latest album release – “ ” – is brilliant – a gorgeous example of jazz and fusion.
Listening to the first notes from his acoustic guitar, it reminded me of– who is another brilliant acoustic guitar player. But those notes are soon followed by drums, incredibly creative lyrics, and a smooth track called “Upper Hand”. And one of the most special elements of this track is the brass and guitar solo. The trumpet and trombone create a gorgeous layer adding so much to the overall feeling of the song. I love these background elements. No wonder that the particular characteristics of wines and food are called “notes”. Although they can be almost hidden, they are the true creators of harmony.
“How Can I” is another one of my favourite tracks. A smooth jazz feel kicked off by beautiful synthesizers. And it was really this track that helped me find who Ghostly Beard reminded me so much of –. He is a Brazilian jazz musician, and a true music genius, who mostly does international shows. If you are a fan of Ghostly Beard (which I am), Ed Motta is an absolute recommendation.
Also, I must mention one brilliant experiment done in this song. He actually uses a phaser and/or treble effect in his voice just before the guitar solo. This is just one of the other elements I love about these musicians. The act of experimenting.
“Blue” is true jazz. The drums, sweet and smooth electric guitar. Jazz perfection, really. I was immediately transported to a jazz bar, a small table, low light, and a perfect shot of whiskey in hand.
“Lazy (from Time to Time)” starts with a jazz cymbal. Oh – and the ever so perfect double bass. This track is complete – including the guitar solo, that I fully expect to be completely improvised in a live show. I can almost see that quick look each jazz musician give before his turn to take centre stage.
And one other track I would love to highlight is “Along The Road”. Mainly because, if you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a huge jazz fan. This song is another embodiment of true jazz. The steady rhythm of drums and cymbal, double bass seating the beat alongside it, all layered underneath a large room voice.
If there is one thing I would absolutely love to see from Ghostly Beard – and I am sure his rising number of fans would like also – would be a studio diary. Having a close view of his creative process would be amazing and probably an amazing source of inspiration to other musicians out there. And although I recently read an interview he did with, that he doesn’t show his face, and it is his way of making you listen to the music, rather than focus on him (which I find amazing), he could still turn this into a creative project – by maybe shooting with him facing away from the camera – taking the “behind the scenes” to a new whole new meaning.
And, as I have mentioned when I reviewed the British singer, he is also another engaging person in social media. Be sure to get in touch with him. I’m sure you’ll get a quick and very positive response.
Can’t wait for your upcoming album, Ghostly Beard! A true genius must always be appreciated. And you, sir, are a genius.