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Tony Levin: New Album Released and Tour Dates Announced

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    The Tony Levin Band has just released a new CD entitled "Resonator". The band consists of Tony, of course, Larry Fast, Jerry Marotta, Jesse Gress and Pete Levin. (That's most of the original Peter Gabriel Band!) They open the "Resonator Tour" on April 13th in Philadelphia, PA at the Grape Street Pub. Other tour dates are listed on www.tonylevin.com

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  2. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Tony Levin's credits are among the most impressive in modern rock - albums with Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, Paula Cole, Sara McLauglin, a member of King Crimson since 1980. He's also written a book and released two photography books. His web site was one of the earliest to remove the barrier between audience and performer, and has over two million hits. His last studio album, Pieces of the Sun, had a track nominated for a Grammy in the best instrumental rock category.

    On tours with Gabriel, Crimson, Peter Frampton, Paul Simon, Levin must have kept his eyes and ears open because the songwriting depth on Resonator is considerable.

    Both the music and the lyrics have been years in the making. This music is rock, but with the unusual and individualistic musical twists you would expect from a long-time member of King Crimson. The lyrics are sometimes deep, often humorous, processing subjects like science and religeon through the unique filter of Levin's art.

    There are bass and Stick techniques to please the many fans of Levin's playing. And great playing from his back-up band (includes Peter Gabriel Band alumni Jerry Marotta and Larry Fast, Todd Rundgren guitarist Jesse Gress, and jazz/blues keyboardist Pete Levin) with guest appearances from friends; Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew and Toto guitarist Steve Lukather.

    Want unique songs - here's one about jamming with apes (Fragile as a Song - written about Levin and Peter Gabriel's adventure playing music with a Bonobo Ape). The Mars landing, and the theory of panspermia (that spores once carried life to earth from Mars) inspired the humorous Places To Go, which starts off "Hello Mars, it's good to be back".
    "My dog Lilly thinks that I am a god" starts off Throw the God a Bone, which explores with humor the idea of men as gods.

    Want great rock playing - there is a tour-de-force heavy rock version of the Classical favorite, Sabre Dance. There are great guitar solos by Steve Lukather, Adrian Belew and Jesse Gress. Larry Fast's (Synergy) unique synth playing is featured on some pieces, and there are Hammond B3 organ solos by jazz/blues player Pete Levin. The CD starts right off in a unique vein, with the song Break It Down featuring Tony's unique Funk Fingers on bass. The first words; "So it goes, when science keeps disproving things that everybody knows."
  3. low_notes


    Apr 12, 2006
    I've been a fan for about 30 years now. Resonator is a wonderfully unexpected departure that sounds totally new, yet is completely and comfortably recognizable Tony. Hard to compare all the albums; but this is the best one yet.

    I think Break It Down could be very worthy of airplay; especially on stations like KMTT The Mountain in Seattle.

    I knew he could sing. But turns out, Tony's got a great voice and his harmonies with Jerry Marrotta are very tight.

    Have fun!

  4. 8mmOD


    Mar 20, 2005
    I endorse & use Tech 21 pedals, Eminence loaded cabs, EMG pickups, Jim Dunlop picks & Ernie Ball Strings, BC Rich Basses.
    Bad Link
  5. 8mmOD


    Mar 20, 2005
    I endorse & use Tech 21 pedals, Eminence loaded cabs, EMG pickups, Jim Dunlop picks & Ernie Ball Strings, BC Rich Basses.
    Sorry, that was meant for the "Flea" story

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