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AS3 + Clear Audience

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AS3 hits again, this time with our good buddies Clear Audience (Andy Voelker/Steve Fell/Jef Charland/Luther Gray.

We’ll play our originals plus music by Albert King, Neil Young and Frederic Chopin.

Tuesday October 5th, 8pm at the Lily Pad

AS3 Live

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In the waning days of 2020, my trio AS3 released a record about the year we all lived through. Next Tuesday night, we finally get the chance to play it live. Playing with Brad and Dave is a thrill and with these guys, the music always far surpasses what I thought possible when writing the music. Special bonus is Steve Fell/Jesse Gallagher/Luther Gray finish the night out afterwards. We look forward to sharing this music with you….

AS3, “Twenty | Twenty” ~ NOW AVAILABLE ~

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Back in October, I felt the urge to put 2020 into music before year’s end.  With tremendous talents from my brothers Brad Barrett and Dave Fox, here is “Twenty | Twenty”.  We all have a lot of feelings about this past year and everything it has entailed. I don’t know if this will make any difference, or if this counts as “doing our part”,  but hopefully this will mean something to somebody, somewhere, sometime.  I know it will to us, especially as the years pass and we look back to this as a memory of a strange and unfortunate time.  November 7th, 2020 however, will always be remembered fondly by the three of us.  It was a triumphant day, bright with the celebration of much needed change.  News broke as we drove to the studio and people honked their horns and danced in the streets.  There was a feeling of hope and elation, a break from tough times on a warm, sunny November day.  Darkness is here too, of course, and you will hear the ups and downs of this turbulent year in the tracks contained here.  Thank you for listening.
Purchase/listen HERE

AS3: “Twenty | Twenty”

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AS3 update: we are now in the mastering phase for our new record, “Twenty | Twenty”. Its sounding super dynamic and we’re very excited to have this musical reflection of this past year in the home stretch. It’ll arrive before year’s end. Photo by Michael Michael D Spencer

AS3 at Dimension Sound Studio

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Holy cow what a day! En route to making a record about this year, news broke of the blue victory and Biden gave his speech as we tracked our last tune.  Triumph all around!  New AS3 comin at you– a musical reflection of this year…. stay tuned for late December release.

Music stuff brewing….

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Y’all know its been a crazy year.  There’s been a lot of forced downtime, but there’s also been a lot cooking behind the scenes.  Stay tuned for: new Gill Aharon Trio recording, new Bob Bradshaw recording, new AS3 record, a duo with bassist Greg Loughman and a new song-writing collaboration with Dennis Brennan.   Other projects on the horizon include Half Holy Hearts, rock and roll with Lenny Lashley and a few other as-of-yet-to-be-named projects with various and wide-ranging collaborators.  Forward!

UGLY BEAUTY is OUT NOW!!!

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Hello friends,

Today marks the release of our record, Ugly Beauty. The record is available for digital download via Bandcamp HERE.  Feel free to listen; better yet, purchase the 14 track record and help support the music.  We put a lotta love into this thing…

Releasing a record is supposed to be a time to celebrate the completion of a creative product, a time to share. We looked forward to playing this music live in front of people. Who knew when we recorded this last November, that so much in America and the world would unravel in the meantime. Now, by simply arriving at this time, this record takes on different and additional meaning.

This record is comprised entirely of the music of our hero, Thelonious Monk.  An African American pianist and composer, he is considered by many to be one of the most important and prolific contributors in jazz. His unique gift of non-traditional and sometimes “off-kilter” pianistic and composition styles was truly singular and set jazz in a startling direction, making different musical trajectories possible. There would be no jazz without the African American experience, and Monk blasted it into his own idiosyncratic atmosphere.

This record represents our take on Monk’s music. By design, is not “straight-ahead”; most of what is here is no longer “jazz”.  We’ve put his music through our own filters, just as he took traditional styles and crafted them into his own music.  We have punk, disco, noise, rock, ambient and yes, ok, maybe a little jazz.  So goes the tradition of absorbing the past and pressing it forward, sometimes changed into completely different and unrecognizable forms.

Black lives matter. They are integral to the American experience, from which we all draw. Without them, none of this would be even imaginable. In the end, this album rests on Monk’s shoulders. Without him, we wouldn’t be here.

Thank you– we appreciate your support!
~ Andrew, Jef & Jared