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Ed Englerth Band RTD  Ed Englerth Band – Real Thin Dream: Live

Rating: 7
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Album

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman  – Cross Rhythms UK

Experienced Michigan-based guitarist Englerth, together with bassist Randy Carlson and Matt Larghi on drums, here releases a live album that showcases his band’s trademark inventive playing in all its glory. Rather than simply being a powerhouse trio, Englerth and crew have perfected the ability to explore avenues that lead from fairly familiar blues territory into worlds of jazz and ambience with the likes of a straightforward reading of the Buddy and Julie Miller song “Gasoline And Matches” sitting comfortably next to more experimental jazz exposes such as “I Hardly CU” – the latter highlighting Englerth’s characteristic guitar playing that smacks of Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck influences whilst retaining an identity all of its own. Generally, the instrumental passages are more satisfying with the likes of “How Do I Love” and the opener “Five Shades Of Black” feeling slightly clunky lyrically although Englerth’s earthy vocal delivery and some intriguingly cryptic imagery ensures that these tracks are nonetheless successful. A version of Steve Scott’s “Flesh And Blood” reflects Englerth’s Christian faith whilst the 24 minute instrumental “Did I Ask Too Much” is a fascinating experimental epic that closes this release and highlights the band’s synergy and some innately explorative playing from all three members.

 

Ed Englerth – Hope, Dream, Sigh
Ed Englerth - Hope, Dream, Sigh
STYLE: Blues
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 116869-18284
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Jonathan Sinclair  – Cross Rhythms UKEnglerth boasts a rich CV having played with Aslan and Earthen Vessel in the ’70s to more recently working with several artists/bands including the likes of Ray White (Frank Zappa), Kenny Meeks (Sixpence None The Richer) and Joe English (Wings). With a whopping 17 tracks ‘Hope, Dream, Sigh’ has a lot to offer. While the overall style of the album is predominately jazz blues, Englerth experiments with other styles, such as the tongue-in-cheek “I Do I Don’t” that has a ska vibe to the “Wish You Were Here” that has a country feel. Along with the impressive use of the guitar that is used throughout, and especially impressive in the intro to “Within My Skin”, the use of other instruments really compliments the album such as the sax in “When Words Fail”. Vocally Ed has a similar style to Joe Cocker. Lyrically Ed deals with issues like the recent riots and how as a society we could move forward. “I Declare” states that “love is not a dream” and that despite the opposition “love is what we need”. “Try” offers encouragement with “Paul says don’t weary of doing good/That is the way the race is run/We will see visions and dream dreams/We have yet to see what we are to become” and again reminding the listener the importance of love. A hard-hitting album from the veteran songsmith.
 
 
 
HM The Hard Music Magazine
From the Enough Already! section by Jamie Lee Rake
“Where jazz, folk, blues and rock experimentation meet, probably among other places, is in Michigander ED ENGLERTH’s surreal, but Scripturally grounded, songwriting. On Restless Ghost Jesus movement survivor Englerth teams up with former Frank Zappa sideman Ray White for a slice of wry worldweariness possessed of inventive arrangements and sneaky hooks. Were Jandek to come to Christ and become more musically competent, Englerth’s current thang could be an approximation of that scenario. Good thing, that, by the way.”
 
Cross Rhythms UK
“Restless Ghost” by Ed Englerth
RATING  8 out 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 45885-14211
DISTRIBUTION: Independent
FORMAT: CD Album
DISCS: 1
Reviewed by Paddy Hudspith
Its sleeve art refers to Ed Englerth’s ‘Restless Ghost’ as a collection of 13 “moody intelligent folk jazz blues” tracks, and (not for want of trying) I couldn’t come up with a better description! Englerth (vocals, guitars and founding member of LAB – Linear Action Band) and his bandmates Don Cheeseman (bass), Alan Dunst (drums)  and Bob Hartig (saxophone) display consistently impressive musicianship across a generally mellow, slightly melancholic selection. This is certainly late night music that occasionally displays a moody gothic sensibility.  Take the title track for example, chilling campfire yarn as metaphor for lifelessness: “Blood would drip if there were any left/The old tales of a restless ghost.” Other highlights for me were the haunting “I Forgot Who I Am” featuring backing vocals from Ray White (Frank Zappa and Zappa Plays Zappa) and a stunning sax improvisation
from Hartig at its close, and the up-tempo yet subtle “I’m Gone” with its hints of reggae. This is a fascinating release with bags of heart and integrity and deserves wider recognition than just the underground buzz that it will no doubt generate.
 
“Restless Ghost
Artist: Ed Englerth
URL: http://www.myspace.com/edenglerth
Label: Indie (BlueSideDownStudios Recordings)
Time: 13 tracks / 56 minutes
Restless Ghost is Ed Englerth’s eighth solo project. Describing his music as ‘moody intelligent folk jazz blues,’ Englerth, visually and conceptually, seems to have stepped right out of the Summer of Love. Everything here is pretty much home-grown, from the songwriting to the art, layout, and even some of the photography on the packaging (on recycled board, of course). . . . .The strengths of this collection of songs are Englerth’s often creative and always quite impressive guitar playing, and his interaction with his band members: Don Cheeseman on drums and percussion, Bob Hartig on sax and backing vocals, and Alan Dunst on drums and percussion. The guitar playing morphs from underlying rhythmic support to melodic phrases, to flat-out jams throughout the songs, and always supports the sound as a whole. Hartig’s sax takes center stage in several places, providing nice color to the music and supplying a good jazzy feel where such a feeling is called for.  . . . .Englerth tends to build songs on hooky musical phrases that ride on top of sophisticated bass lines and smoky-sounding chords, creating an often dreamy sound. Songs like “I Forgot Who I Am” have moments of Jim Morrison-like angst and some very tasty guitar licks whipping around lyrics like, “I remember yesterday / like it’s a million miles away / How’d I end up burning it all down…” while Hartig’s haunting sax wails away on the fade. The whole band seems to find a very comfortable groove on “She Couldn’t Help:” a Dan Hicks-like musical story/song that would feel at home being played in an open lounge somewhere on a tropical beach-front. “Don’t Stand Too Tall,” follows with a heavy surf-band sound featuring a rolling bass line and several tempo changes before ultimately ending as a hard rocking song about being on the run from God. There’s certainly a sense of ‘lostness’ in the lyrics yet there’s also a strong spiritual, God-conscious element as well, as in “Talk to God,”  “After the Garden,” and the aforementioned “Don’t Stand Too Tall.”  . . . . “
By Bert Saraco 
 
Here’s a review from Argentina on”D.I.A.L Business”
Rocka Rolla – Argentina           http://www.rockarolla.com.ar/Diciembre2005.htm
(Here’s the English translation)
ED Englerth is a veteran guitarist singer and composer from the U.S. With an extensive career of more than 30 years of jazz, blues, and folk as a soloist as well as with his band the ED Englerth Jazz Quartet. “D.I.A.L. Business” is his new work (in solo, as soloist) for which he was joined by bass Don Cheeseman, Saxophone Bob Hartig, and percussion Alan Dunst. In this work they incorporated the aforementioned genres into an improvisational journey where Englerth moves with fluency & dedication blending his vocal and guitar performance. Note that tracks 16 & 17 are untitled blank spots. A work that transcends age, for the connoisseur of the genre or for those who enjoy more relaxed music.
 
The Ed Englerth Jazz Quartet
Artist: 
The Ed Englerth Jazz Quartet 
Label: Blue side Down Studios
Time: 1:12:12
Jazz. Not everything listed under that label (i.e. Kenny G) really fits the bill. The Ed Englerth Jazz Quartet is the real deal.
Jazz should be spontaneous and full of energy.  The Ed Englerth Jazz Quartet is a smooth group. They play a style of jazz infused with blues, peppered with some fuzz rock, and true to the spontaneity of the art form.
This CD was recorded in a live fashion; either at shows, or “live” in rehearsals. You can feel yourself sitting there in the coffeehouse absorbing the sounds of The Ed Englerth Jazz Quartet. It’s obvious that they have played together a lot. They flow the way that a jam band should.
There is no sense of repetitiveness throughout these ten songs. The energy ebbs and flows from song to song. There is no stand out song, because they are all equally strong. Their cover of War’s “Lowrider” was fun to hear. Seventy-two minutes may sound kind of long for a CD, but when it was over, I was ready for more.
Justin Wright 11/20/2005
http://www.tollbooth.org/2005/reviews/ede.html
  
D.I.A.L. Business
Artist: Ed Englerth
Label:  Blue Side Down
Length: 19/70:34
Ed Englerth is one of those artists who make me glad I write for this site.  Because if I didn’t, odds are, I would never have heard of Englerth, or his music.   He’s one of those guys who makes reviewers crazy, though, because we are driven to categorize the sound of the music.
That said, Englerth can be described as “folk jazz” or “Americana Blues” – picture Bill Mallonee, Bruce Cockburn, and Randy Newman performing together, and you get a small inkling of the variety on D.I.A.L. Business.  Much like previous discs such as Pingo or Little Bit of Me Everywhere, Englerth delivers trademark blues guitar, and vocal stylings that would stand up next to Sonny Landreth or John Prine. 
“Wishing Well” is the standout, with an extended jazz jam session that closes the song.  “Lost on the Way to Morning” is another favorite, while “Angry” contains lyrics we all can identify with.   Englerth is one of the long list of independent/small label artists that deserves much more press than I can give him.
Brian A. Smith
30 December 2005
http://www.tollbooth.org/2006/reviews/engl.html
 
 Live at the State Grounds Coffee House http://www.tollbooth.org/2003/reviews/englerth.html
Artist: Ed Englerth
Label: Blue Side Down Recordings
Length: 14/73:53
One part blues, another part Americana, another jazz rock, _Live at the State Fair Grounds Coffee House_ showcases the guitar and vocal abilities of Ed Englerth.  “It’s Never Too Late to Lose” opens the show with the comment “This is a song about misery.”  “Kick a Dog” is a spoken word rant warning those who would add to the troubles of its subject.  “Rapture Snake,” a highlight, is a polemic against televangelists and their ilk – those who would prey on the fears and insecurities of people who don’t have confidence in their relationships with God.
“Spark” is a jam in the mode of Jonny Lang or Billy Wayne Shepherd, reminding us that no matter how bad things get, it is never so bad that our fire gets extinguished:
For every bad time, for every sad life,
Whenever there’s trouble, whenever lightning strikes
For the cloudy days of rain
When the wind blows like ice
When you’ve been down so long, you can no longer cry
There’s a spark, I know there’s a spark…
“Shall We Stop” shows some Bill Mallonee influence.   “L.O.V.E.” is a jazz piece detailing I Corinthians 13 with a great saxophone background.  “2 to 5,” another instrumental, is in the vein of Steely Dan or Sting’s “Bring on the Night” concert album.
Ed Englerth has the blues, but an appreciation for the interaction of God in human lives.  We as listeners can rejoice in his sorrows, knowing the music produced and the lyrics written reflect our own feelings and moods.  
Phantom Tollbooth, Brian A. Smith 2/3/2003
 
Little Bit of Me Everywhere  http://www.tollbooth.org/2002/reviews/englerth1.html
Artist:
Ed Englerth
Label: Blue Side Down
Length: 18/70:21
Little Bit of Me Everywhere is an apt title for this album ­ Ed Englerth is all over the map musically.  Vocally, Englerth ranges from Santana to Shawn Mullins before settling into a Kenny Wayne Shepherd/Jonny Lang style that is understated, while he lets his guitar do the talking.
“Connect” is a Santana meets Steely Dan style number, while “Linear Action” mixes the latter with 80’s new wave.  “Turn on the Water” strives for Dave Matthews Band territory, and ends up closer to Fishbone.  “Ground Swell” is a tune about Christ that sounds like The Doors were reincarnated as a funk band.  
“Guitar Surfing” is just that, an instrumental that combines 50’s blues with Dick Dale-like guitar work.  “Fall of the Wild” is a spoken word jazzy improv about the state of our planet.  The one track that is hard to figure out is “I Want to Connect Free Vacations,” which seems to be a commercial for Calumet Public Hospital.   I imagine this to be an in-joke of sorts.
Musically, Englerth is quite adept with the guitar.  His vocals are not up to the same level, but this does not detract from things overall.  Little Bit of Me Everywhere highlights some good work by another unknown guitarist.
Phantom Tollbooth, Brian A. Smith 8/31/2002
 
Pingo  http://www.tollbooth.org/2002/reviews/englerth2.html
Artist: Ed Englerth
Label: Blue Side Down
Length: 16/57:02
Pingo shows Ed Englerth making choice more suited to his vocal style than on Little Bit of Me Everywhere.  “What Have I Become?” features some excellent guitar work with Englerth’s plaintive vocals.  “Coffee Blues” is well suited to his bluesy, almost growling voice, and is exactly about what you think by the title.
“Angels” is more of a pop-oriented tune, while “Shall We Stop” features mandolin, with Englerth sounding as if he is channeling Merle Haggard.  “One More Chance” resembles Jonny Lang.  
The highlight of the album is “I’ll Break Through,” which could be a lost Kenny Wayne Shepherd single ­ the combination of voice to music here works as well as any song on either of the albums I’ve heard.  “Flashes of Ignorance” contains my favorite line on the album: “The politics of love are fought in the fields…”
Pingo shows the extent of Englerth’s musical range.  Like Neil Young or Jonathan Rundman, he refuses to be pinned down to one particular genre, while having it all still work somehow. Pingo will hold your attention from beginning to end.
Phantom Tollbooth, Brian A. Smith 8/31/2002

 miércoles 14 de enero de 2009

1. Talkin’ About Me 2. And so it Goes 3. I Forgot Who I Am 4. Restless Ghost 5. I’m Gone 5. What Am I For 6. She Couldn’t Help 7. Don’t Stand Too Tall 8. Mr Warrin 9. Magnificent Tragedy 10. Talk to God 11. I Just Keep Bashing My Head 12. After the Garden
Ed Englerth es un músico con una trayectoria importante, en este, su octavo disco de estudio transita por diversos estilos musicales como el jazz, blues, folk y toques rock de climas muy relajados. Si bien la música no deja de ser agradable el punto flojo aquí es la voz de Ed, su timbre monocorde por momentos llega a cansar, prueba de esto es la voz invitada en el tema “I forgot who I am” que le da una onda completamente diferente a la cancion y dan ganas de seguir escuchando cosas asi durante el disco. Por el lado de la banda todos cumplen muy bien, especialmente el saxofon de Bob Hartig que por momentos hace acordar a Pink Floyd. Es un disco con muy buena música, que no se centra en un estilo especifico (“She Could’t Help” tiene una onda bossa nova muy agradable). Si andan buscando distorsion y velocidad este no es el lugar, pero puede ser para un momento de relax. Sitio web: www.myspace.com/edenglerth (D.C.)
Publicado por Javier Salaverry en 19:31

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