Casey Ryder Trio
Friday, November 30th, 2012
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Casey Ryder’s music defies categorization. The talented, multi-instrumentalist’s latest CD, the surprise-filled and wide-ranging Here showcases Ryder’s unique, versatile multiformity. He’s a musical vagabond whose idiosyncratic, original songs use a variety of styles from swampy rockabilly, to gypsy swing, to twisted, Brechtian ballads and beyond.
A fixture on Victoria’s music scene for almost two decades, Ryder has established a reputation for fun-filled, improvisational excellence in numerous bands and musical forms, most notably in his award-winning quartet, The Swingin’ Bachelors. Formed in 1998, The Bachelors played regularly at pubs, clubs and music festivals, but that band had too many stylistic limitations and Casey disbanded the group. Currently, his focus in on leading the Casey Ryder Trio and his Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz quartet, Casey Ryder & Twango.
Here gathers all of these varied influences in an artfully designed package of 13 whip-smart, eccentric songs and off-centre instrumentals, plus a trio of bonus tracks from The Swingin' Bachelors 1999 solo debut, Occasional Fidelity.
Casey plays an assortment of vintage guitars, basses, and organ, as well as singing his well-crafted songs in a disparate collection of vocal styles ranging from Tom Waits-like rasp, to Chris Isaak-influenced country croon, to Chet Baker-inspired, irony-laced whispers.
Ryder’s knife-edge guitar instrumentals are muscular explorations of styles defined by electric pioneers like Link Wray and Dick Dale, offset by textural explorations reminiscent of Bill Frisell or Marc Ribot. On other tracks his fleet-fingered picking conjures up a host of jump blues and swing jazz stylists.
Damian Graham’s propulsive, textural drumming stands out throughout a thoughtful production that also includes outstanding contributions from a studio team of veteran jazz, blues, and pop musicians.
Here is an eclectic, unpredictable, absolutely original collection of high quality songcraft and musicality. Casey Ryder is a unique talent, and Here is his capricious, sonic calling card. It’s a perfect melange of narrative whimsy and wickedness, a playful song cycle of darkness and light. Check it out.