Bellar, Michael

Left Three Lanes, 2009CD
Instrument: Trumpet

Issue: 15.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 3
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: Michael (keyboards, accordion) leads the As-Is Ensemble, a quartet with drummer Brad Wentworth, Robert Di Pietro (percussion) and Rob Jost on drums. They have a funky, cool fusion sound that is centered on Michael’s keyboard rhythms and beats that are at times really funky. The beat example is on “Fur Turban” a funky cool tune that swings. We also enjoyed “Squashing Pollyanna” and “Misty Mountain Hop”. Bellar also plays accordion on a few tracks. This is a different kind of music, sort of a cross between progressive rock, fusion and funky jazz. It has strong appeal to targeted audiences. We caught these guys live in Charlotte and many of the fans who came to see Medeski, Martin & Wood found themselves as impressed with the opening act!


Publicist: Powderfinger Promotions