On the Count of Zero
The John Andrew Band of the sonic twin albums has morphed, dare we say blossomed, into an entity of greater sonic wealth-due in great part to the greater involvement of esteemed JA colleagues who, in a gracious confluence of harmonic energy, now appear as a band unto themselves: the Bandits. On drums, muscle memory, black belt percussionist guru Joe Netzel continues with his tradition of depth extraordinaire and insightful interpretations. On bass, low frequencies flourish with the thumb thumping, groove talents of Rob Ostrander who shines in musical sensibilities. Further, this album has an angel on board in the voice of renown Vermont folk singer Patti Casey, whose vocal beauty is complemented by a silky smooth flute performance. On fiddle, here appears the accomplished Vermont foot-stomping troubadour Charlotte Brodie and returning on saxophone is the rising dog of a musician Toby Salas, stolen temporarily from that Gang of Thieves. Keyboard aficionado John Wright brings to this album the supernatural sounds of his authentic mellotron. Topping it off is the musical brilliance of the youthful Julian Lamb whose cello piece on track 4 is a spark of chain melting energy. And all of the above is magically threaded together by the sonically gifted master of recording masters Lane Gibson, JdL. All this to say, 'On the Count of Zero' (where everything truly begins) is very much a work of collaboration and all the stronger for it. Oh the joy of living in Vermont-a modern Shangri-La where even the plumbers have degrees in philosophy.