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Grooves, Melodies, and overall amazing composition!

Damian Erskine has long been one of my favorite bass players. He lays down amazing grooves that he uses to carry the stellar musicians he plays with on "So to Speak" through this musical adventure. The grooves are always interesting to say the least, and for most bassists that would be enough. Not for Damian. He also proves himself, yet again as a composer worthy of comparison to the greats.
I have to say that for me, one of my favorite parts of Damian's playing is his seamless improvisation. His solos and phrasing are as good as anyone else out there, and his sweet tone only makes you want to listen in disbelief over and over again.
When you take an amazing group of musicians and throw them in the mix with the foundation and creativity of one of the best bassists out there, I imagine your expectations will be high. I assure you that they will be not only met, but exceeded. "So to Speak" is just that good.

So To Speak


Stand Out Debut

Damian Erskine has carved out a place for himself as a first-call player in the Portland music scene. While applying his musical sensitivity and creative approach to any number of popular bands around town, his skills as a composer and band leader were obviously evolving behind the scenes, as this stand-out debut exhibits the maturity of a composer that belies Erskine's youthful years. Many instrumentalist, especially in their earlier work, get side-tracked into creating compositions that are really just thinly-veiled vehicles for their technical prowess. Not the case here. Erskine has crafted some highly complex yet accessible pieces that resonate on a groove-based, visceral level, and that also stimulate on an intellectual level, unfolding in unexpectedly creative twists and turns. Afro-latin flavors infuse much of this work, but Erskine and crew use this style only as a framework for their explorations, avoiding the cliches and deftly turning these structures inside out, much to the delight of the listener. Great job, gentlemen. Looking forward to listening to the evolution of future works.

So to Speak, Damian Erskine
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