The best singer-songwriters serve the song. The songwriter’s songwriter, James Maddock, who has earned the respect of masterful writers such as Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile, has built his acclaimed legacy on humbly honoring purity of expression. Many albums in his beloved catalog are elegantly spare, conveying his songs and sentiments in the most direct possible way. But for his latest album, The Green, the songs guided him into recording the most eclectic, exhilaratingly soulful, and imaginatively produced album in his career.
Also appearing is the amazing Aaron Comess Trio, featuring Teddy Kumpel and Richard Hammond.
Known for his identifiable, solid, anchoring beat with Spin Doctors, Joan Osborne James Maddock , Rachael Yamagata and more, drummer Aaron Comess reaches a new level of sonic inspiration, beauty and creative abandon with his latest release Sculptures. Adding to his varied work with the Aaron Comess Trio, the Aaron Comess Quintet and the improvising collective the Air Conditioned Gypsies, Comess fronts a new and unique lineup for this recording, with the beguiling sound of Leon Gruenbaum’s innovative samchillian synthesizer in the foreground.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Comess is informed by a wide range of influences and playing experiences, not least his ongoing work as a founding member of the Grammy-nominated funk-rock band Spin Doctors, with a total of 10 million albums sold and over 1500 live shows under their belt with all four original members intact (in 2018 they mark their 30th year). Comess has also spent a decade-plus in the touring band of Joan Osborne, and in 2017 appeared on new releases by her, Rachael Yamagata, James Maddock, Willie Nile, Chris Bergson , New York Electric Piano and German platinum-selling artist Marius Westerhagen. He has also worked with Bilal, Edie Brickell, Roswell Rudd, Garland Jeffreys and a host of others.
Active as a leader since his 2006 debut Catskills Cry (featuring Bill Dillon and Tony Levin), Comess has released three albums with his most active group, the Aaron Comess Trio (Beautiful Mistake, Blues for Use, Live 2016), featuring Teddy Kumpel and Richard Hammond; and a self-titled 2016 outing with the straight ahead jazz-oriented Aaron Comess Quintet adding Keith Loftis and Barney McAll to the mix. Praised by Modern Drummer for his “musical approach to the kit, powerful stick work, and strong songwriting sense,” Comess reaches new heights of invention onSculptures.