The next chapter of steel pan fusion

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Though Asheville got a special early-release show at The Altamont Theatre in June (read about it here), Ropeadope releases Jonathan Scales Fourchestra‘s new self-titled album at 12 a.m. (Or, Tuesday, for those who aren’t burning the midnight oil.)

Two of the album’s outstanding tracks feature guest appearances: Harmonica player, pianist and composer Howard Levy contributed to “Lurkin’,” and bassist Victor Wooten plays on “Life After D.” Both Levy and Wooten are associated with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, a band that Scales discovered while in college. He says that band strongly influenced his musical career.

Press for the release calls the record, “the debut album from an up-and-coming group of innovators paying homage to the old-school progressive fusion which inspired steel pan front man Jonathan Scales in his youth, while at the same time vividly representing contemporary jazz arrangements and intricately woven melodies.” The album is available digitally through iTunes and Amazon and at the band’s website.

The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra play Bele Chere on Sunday, July 28.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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