Lettuce Prey (Great Winds/Musea 3169) is music that is supported equally by the three legs of Rock, Jazz and Classical. It has the guts and glory of rock heroes like Jimi Hendrix (whose tune, Angel, is featured as a guitar solo on this CD). It possesses the surprise and intrigue of Jazz improvisation (like Ornette Coleman
's Sadness - presented here in a jazz quintet format). Lastly, it exudes the intricacy and depth of contemporary Classical music - Ives, Prokofiev, and Khatchaturian are among the composers presented here. But the intent is for the styles to coalesce... that the heavy guitar bass and drum treatment of Ginastera's String Quartet No. 2, for example, maintains the sublimation of the original while making the listener pump their fist in the air!
The music of guitarist Dave Fabris has been steeped deeply in an eclectic pool of influences: He has recorded and toured extensively with his mentor, third stream pianist Ran Blake
, to great acclaim. Blake joins ‘The Knife’ as a featured guest on Lettuce Prey including 4 tracks left over from their Vilnius Noir LP (NoBusiness). Blake’s fans will be interested to hear him playing Hammond B3 organ on this CD for the first time!
Fabris celebrates the release of his latest CD, Lettuce Prey, with a concert at Spectrum (121 Ludlow St. NYC) on June 8th at 5pm. Fabris will be joined by his mentor—the great third stream pianist, Ran Blake. Also appearing will be pianist Geoffery Burleson, bassist Dave Phillips
, vocalist Maria Tegzes, guitarist Gus Baxter, and drummer Steve Chaggaris.
“Nothing is overdone or extreme but consistently well-crafted on a few different levels. Ran Blake plays a few solo piano sections on some of these pieces, which seem to bridge the gap between the different approaches or genres involved. What I like most about this is that Fabris finds ways of rearranging pieces so we that we never know what direction any one piece will take.” —Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery