Paul Asbell’s ‘Burmese Panther’
Join us for a night of Jazz featuring some of the area’s best with Paul Asbell & friends…
Paul Asbell’s “Burmese Panther” is the culmination of several years of composing, arranging, and fine-tuning his original compositions with a regular group of world-class players. The summer-long recording process allowed each of the pieces to achieve their own distinct personalities, equally reflective of the collective skills of the musicians, and the vision of the composer. Timbres, grooves, and moods range from the elegant mainstream jazz sound of Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass, to New Orleans street-feels, to latin and Brazilian grooves, with more than a hint of Blue Note-era angularity tossed in.
In his 50 year professional career, Paul Asbell has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Paul Butterfield, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, David Bromberg, Paul Siebel, Mary McCaslin, Sonny Stitt, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, and many others. His jazz-fusion group Kilimanjaro has released several award-winning recordings, and performed at jazz festivals worldwide, including Montreux, Montreal, Atlanta, and Roskilde, in Copenhagen. Their “Homecoming” CD was picked by Jazziz magazine for their “Best of 2009” CD, along with tracks by Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Branford Marsalis, and other heavyweights. Paul’s three solo acoustic CDs, Steel-String Americana, Roots and Branches, and From Adamant To Atchafalaya, received numerous rave reviews for their fresh takes on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country tunes, and original pieces from the “american roots” tradition. Recent appearances include Healdsburg, Woodstock (NY) and Newport Guitar Festivals, MerleFest, Lunenburg Folk Festival, and many other venues. Acoustic Guitar magazine recently did an article on him, featuring his composition Chunky Monkey Gumbo.