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Every once in awhile a jewel goes undiscovered and gathers dust. Fortunately for me, while surfing the Internet one night in December, I discovered the music of New England guitarist Scott Tarulli. The teacher from the Berklee College of Music has released two albums to date, his studio project Transitions and the fall 2004 live recording September In Boston: Live performed at the Abbey Lounge.
Spectacular keyboard player Dennis Hughes, bassist Jordan Scanella and drummer Michael Iannantuoni join Tarulli on this evening. Vocalist Johanna Mitchell fronts the vocals on the opening track "Every Time" a song she co-wrote with Tarulli.
Live recording projects are often tweaked so much in the final mixing that they might as well have been recorded in a studio. Or the ambient noises are so distracting that it detracts from the musicians. However, September In Boston: Live escapes all of those pitfalls. Sound engineer Eric Saulnier and Tarulli captured the moment and the listener finds oneself with a front row seat at the awesome September 21, 2004 concert.
"Watch From A Distance" comes off sounding, as does most of this album, like the listener dropped into a relaxed and excellent jam session. Enough simply cannot be said about Tarulli's exceptional fretwork on the closing track "Your Past". This superb musician pushes the boundaries way beyond what is normally heard from a guitarist who frequents the jazz genre. During the songs "Your Past" and "The Late Drive Home" Tarulli performs at a level many aspire to but few attain.
Tarulli disclosed a surprising
truth concerning "The Late Drive Home," "All I gave them (the musicians)
was a chart with a set of chords and there was absolutely nothing else
on that chart. What you hear on that (song) is a bunch of guys looking
at chords and interacting. That's my favorite track on the whole CD. I
just think that everybody played the right note at the right time on that
page. I don't think we could ever get a song like that again. That moment
is gone, or luckily we caught it.," he said.
Tarulli draws inspiration
from guitarist Robert Fripp (King Crimson) and David Sylvain, the former
lead vocalist/songwriter for the seventies and eighties glam rock/progressive
rock British band Japan Prior to embarking on a solo career.
"I listen a lot to David
Sylvian. He likes very dark, textural kind of music. I was listening to
a lot of his music around the time of the live album. He always hired very
interesting guitar players (Rob Dean). He utilized effects pedals very
creatively and not just to cover anything up or to be weird just for the
sake of it. It is really creative stuff and it inspired me," said Tarulli.
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