Comotion: Mike Marshall (steel & nylon string guitar, ouditar, cello guitar); Michael Kang (acoustic & electric mandolin); Darol Anger (violin); Paul McCandless (bass clarinet, oboe, saxophone); Tye North (fretted & fretless electric bass); Aaron Jonston (drums, percussion); Jeff Sipe (drums).
Producers: Darol Anger, Michael Kang, Mike Marshall, Paul McCandless.
Engineers include: Dave Denison, Anger Marshall, Kang.
Recorded at Mobius Studios, San Francisco, California on January 7-12, 2000.
Personnel: Mike Marshall (steel guitar, nylon-string guitar); Michael Kang (mandolin); Darol Anger (violin); Paul McCandless (bass clarinet, oboe, saxophone); Aaron Johnston (drums, percussion); Jeff Sipe (drums).
Audio Mixer: David Luke.
Recording information: Fiddlistics (01/07/2000-01/12/2000); Gatorland Studio, Oakland, CA (01/07/2000-01/12/2000); Mobius Studio, San Francisco, CA (01/07/2000-01/12/2000).
Photographer: Don Lloyd.
Arrangers: Darol Anger; Tye North; Paul McCandless; Mike Marshall ; Michael Kang; Aaron Johnston.
The multi-talented musicians in Comotion cast a heavy blend of progressive bluegrass on Head West, making for an enjoyable instrumental listen. Incorporating elements of jazz, country, and folk, Head West flows smoothly with the likes of humming fiddles and hushing violins. Saxophone loops echo over songs such as the reggae-light "Into Da Night." "Crawl We Must" is more up-tempo, classy jazz hooks are steady, and Comotion does not fall short of consistency. Head West is a fine album for anyone interested in the sounds of B?la Fleck and Sam Bush, and for those who follow modern instrumentalists with a sharp eye. ~ MacKenzie Wilson