Texan, Brian Mulholland, has recently launched Deco. A resourceful author and bassist, Mulholland clusters chummy euphonies and brisk jingles intermingled with assured accents, which bring about an album bonded to cheer your heart.
Known also as an accomplished pianist, Mulholland holds a strong musical background. He shares many stages with "the Boss" Ferguson, Béla Fleck, the USC Left Bank Big Band, Terri Lyne Carrington, Darol Anger, Lynn Seaton, Jeff Eckels, Chris Potter, David Haynes and with talented drummer, Stockton Helbing. He has also recorded with Helbing, The Lower Convergence Trio, Lily Masse and the brilliant guitarist Clay Ross.
The quintet, which allies Tom Luer’s tenor saxophone and Ken Edwards' horns with Noel Johnston’s guitar, Mulholland's bass, and Helbing’s drums, has a great groove. Each one of these creations is by Mulholland, who glides and warps notes on his bass to asseverate lines that dilly-dally and build genial collective interplay.
"Antipodes" is a swingy piece that emphasizes the artists' interplay. Helbing's percussive blots are in accord and dissent sufficiently to fulfil the group at liberty, albeit while the others advocate a musical shift confrontation. "Deco" encompasses intervals and bright artistic assertions with the quintet be-bopping all over the piece while "Bric-A-Brac" streams nicely with phlegmatic allure. Quondam artistry bubbles above into boisterous raves, but Mulholland’s bass is perpetually thither to bring back a denotation of bang and normality. The gentle ballad, "The Shortest Way," incorporates lyrical solo work from Edwards and Luer. The string instruments are eloquent and construe a wonderful rhythmical connection.
"Second Helping" is a blithe piece that allows time for trumpeter Edwards and saxophonist Luer to stretch out. Ore and wood push the sheath with confidence, while Mulholland’s bass offers ace-like mefulfilllodies. The quintet approaches a fusion of grooves with creative highlights. Great release!