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THE JOHN NOVELLO BAND


Threshold - 2004

01. Threshold
02. Discovery
03. Lucy in the Sky
04. Voodoo Child
05. Cee Blues
06. Lament
07. Bitchin' Blues
08. Because of You
09. Journey to Nowhere




Hi everybody. This is my solo project and I'm very happy to launch it this year with the Live CD Threshold. This band features all original compositions by me plus a few cool covers of Hendrix's Voodoo Child and the Beatles Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds. It features Eric Matrienthal on sax, Melvion Davis on bass, Eric Mckain on percussion and Randy Drake on drums. I hope to take this band on the road sometime in 2005 so stay tuned to this site for the touring dates.

Threshold — John Novello, Holographic 2004

Review by Jedd Beaudoin - jbeaudoin@f5wichita.com

Hammond B3 master John Novello (Mark Isham, Chick Corea) has received plenty of acclaim for his work with the bass/drum/organ trio Niacin, known for its forced-entry licks and smoldering solos but here, onThreshold, we hear Novello's sensitive side on tracks such as "Lament" and "Because Of You," but also witness his talent for tasteful jazz compositions ("Discovery") and the old slow groanies ("Bitchin' Blues").

     It's Novello's taste, his ability to find exactly the right spot to lay notes and not strictly his chops that has garnered him a reputation as a hot player in both the jazz and R&B worlds and his taste is first and foremost here. In fact, rather than delivering a series of keyboard-blowing tunes that simply spotlight his very capable and exciting black 'n' white acrobatics alone, he's often just as content to let saxophonist Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea, Rippingtons) shine as he does such as on "Bitchin'" and a sweat-inducing take on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child," which is finished off with hot, primal percussion from Eric McKain and down-and-dirty drums from Randy Drake. (Del Atkins adds bass to that piece, though Melvin Davis holds down the low end elsewhere.)

     That tune is one of the album's finest but there are plenty here and we have to hope many more to come from this underrated musician, composer and producer.