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Platypus

Platypus
Label(s)
Genre(s)
Jazz
Code
AKD 079
  • Still Moanin'
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jason Rebello - piano, John Paricelli - guitar, Andrew Cleyndert - bass, Jeremy Stacey - drums,

    Still Moanin'

    06:23
    $3.40
  • Blue-Eyed Boy
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jason Rebello - piano, John Paricelli - guitar, Andrew Cleyndert - bass, Jeremy Stacey - drums, Chris Fletcher - percussion

    Blue-Eyed Boy

    07:15
    $3.40
  • Crimplene Lover
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jason Rebello - piano, John Paricelli - guitar, Andrew Cleyndert - bass, Jeremy Stacey - drums

    Crimplene Lover

    05:29
    $3.40
  • Married Woman
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jason Rebello - piano, John Paricelli - guitar, Andrew Cleyndert - bass, Jeremy Stacey - drums

    Married Woman

    08:14
    $3.40
  • Platypus
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jason Rebello - piano, John Paricelli - guitar, Andrew Cleyndert - bass, Jeremy Stacey - drums

    Platypus

    04:38
    $1.70
  • Afterthought
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jason Rebello - piano, John Paricelli - guitar, Andrew Cleyndert - bass, Jeremy Stacey - drums

    Afterthought

    07:17
    $3.40
  • In the Air
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jason Rebello - piano, John Paricelli - guitar, Andrew Cleyndert - bass, Jeremy Stacey - drums

    In the Air

    07:32
    $3.40
  • Green-Eyed Girl
    Composer(s) Gerard Presencer
    Artist(s) Gerard Presencer - flugel horn, Jason Rebello - piano, John Paricelli - guitar, Andrew Cleyndert - bass, Jeremy Stacey - drums

    Green-Eyed Girl

    07:58
    $3.40

Total running time: 54 minutes.

Album information

Revered debut album from this leading exponent of the flugel horn which The Observer named "a brilliant debut".

On Platypus, flugelhornist Gerard Presencer offers a sound that is at once mournful and wistful, brassy and haunted. It helps that Presencer, once a member of Charlie Watts’ acclaimed quartet, offers material that is also worlds away from typical smooth-jazz slickness and the music is executed by an expert combo that gives him a lot of space to sing out. Where 'Blue-Eyed Boy' boasts a Steely Dan-keyboard vibe, offering disarmingly free, funky solo opportunities, 'Afterthought' has a woozy, off-kilter feel, surrounding Presencer’s haunted tones with percussive details. Presencer’s band builds these interesting spaces free of limiting genre walls. The album’s title track, for example, weaves between frenzied fusion and kick-back blues walking, with bristly guitar work (by the excellent John Parricelli) and a vibrant, melodic horn line painting an intriguing picture. 'Green Eyed Girl' first appears as a lithe, swinging dance, but sputtering drums and percussive effects push it in a different direction entirely. This hybrid approach, drawing from pop, funk, jazz and even Latin influences, makes Platypus as interesting and disarming as its animal namesake.