Outcries from a Sea of Red
The wait is over for critically acclaimed guitarist / improvisational composer Teddy Presberg's newest musical contribution. Outcries from a Sea of Red will be available on July 17 and is a musical exploration worth the wait. One again Presberg delivers his fans fresh genre-bending music with a funky pulse through honest and raw recordings. The album features a handful of songs that seemingly blend into one another-yet each cover a unique musical purpose. From busted home studio recordings with cameos from his dog, dream sequences interspersed with live recordings at St. Louis's infamous Delmar Lounge, jazz takes recorded in the dining room, and even mixing in the birds of spring as they sing from Presberg's back yard. "There is no sound proofing of my house in my recording method," states Presberg. "I'm very into listening to a track and hearing the natural reverb of the rafters, walls, and glass. I also use the Jack Kerouac method of first takes and writing songs on the fly." That recording style, along with his prowess on the guitar, has made him a darling of the bloggers: "The baddest soul jazz guitarist you've never heard of," (Arch Magazine) and "The crown prince of funk improv," (Bullfrog Reviews). Presberg's debut album, Blueprint of Soul, was recognized as The Critic's Pick Top 10 Album of 2007 by All About Jazz. Internationally renowned funk/jazz label Ropeadope Records picked up Blueprint of Soul and reissued it. "Teddy's approach and style results in a sound that blurs genres and lands him in the category of good music," says label president Andy Blackman Hurwitz. Presberg is offering his fans several options that range in costs to get the music into their hands. "We want to be very accessible to our fans. We are unveiling a multi-tiered system in which fans can support our music by contributing a few bucks for MP3s all the way up to $100 for an autographed album and the opportunity to name a song on the next album," says Presberg. As part of an environmentally focused partnership with Three Pin Records, one percent of the album proceeds are donated to 1% For The Planet, benefiting the Organic Farming Research Foundation in Santa Cruz, California. Through additional financial contributions to The Climate Trust, the album is also a neutral greenhouse gas production. "It doesn't matter what our profession is, we have a personal responsibility to reduce the negative impacts of our actions," says Presberg. Teddy Presberg will be on a two-month national tour in support of Outcries from a Sea of Red. The new album and tour date information is available at www.teddypresberg.com.