The next chapter of steel pan fusion

The next chapter of steel pan fusion-attachment0

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.

SHARE
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

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.