Glen Neff Explores a Full Range of Hybrid Sounds,Harmonies and Rhythms on "BAMAKO" JamSphere Review: By Rick Jamm. March 04,2014. A couple of months back Glen released the World Dance Electronica CD BAMAKO.There is so much going on in this album. There's more than just a hint of World Music and Nu Jazz. Glen Neff's composing is extraordinary, and a source of inspiration for anyone worried that their creativity might dry up after their early-youth years. Neff's playing is fantastic - utterly dependable whenever he needs to swing or groove spontaneously, yet rich in emotion required to improvise a solo or the melody of each track. What is never in doubt from the moment you start getting into Neff's music is that you have before you many years of listening pleasure. The music will take you to places you have never been before and you'll always return with a refreshed point of view. Glen Neff explores the full range of hybrid sounds,harmonies and rhythms on BAMAKO. From a soft and tender relaxing vibe to a full blown controlled frenzy, this music parallels the experiences of planetary life with all it's ups and downs and ebbs and flows. It is something to experience often. The long and winding 9-track suite starts out slow, builds to a boil, explodes, and then mellows out from what can only be described as an emotional storm. From the title track, Bamako, through Walls of Darbari, Veenapersia, All or Nothing, Bolly Stop Spot and Time Machine Dreams, when the music finally ends, you have been through an emotional roller-coaster.
BAMAKO is a riveting, hypnotic,exotic,and majestic piece of music from Glen Neff.
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Tribal Timeshift 2011 Tribal Trance Electronica World
A journey through time, this dreamy CD provokes images in the head. Blending pulsating beats with eerie synthesizers and creates melodic details, conguring musical masterpieces that are spellbinding.
Skope Magazine review: December 20, 2011
Glen Neff was born in New Jersey in a family that was extremely musically inclined. Growing up in this environment opened a lot of doors for him as he built his own career one beat at a time. His music is atmospheric and soothing. He is able to inspire emotions with out the benefit of any lyrics. He now lives in New Mexico in a round straw-bale house he designed and built himself. I assume this is the birth place of his cosmic instrumentals. This CD was beyond fascinating for me. I am a songwriter stronger in lyrics than I am in melodies, so anyone with the ability to manipulate tunes in such extraordinary ways is mind blowing to me. The entire CD is dreamy to say the least. It feels like a journey through time. It provokes images in my head of nature documentaries you might see on the NatGeo or Science channel. Glen has a unique way of blending pulsating beats with eerie synthesizers that create intricate melodic detail. Glen Neff has an impressive bio with numerous projects done for TV and films; after listening to his latest release, “Tribal Timeshift”, it is easy to understand why. He is a composer extraordinaire, who can conjure musical masterpieces that are spellbinding. While listening to the CD in its entirety I came to learn, understand and appreciate that I was in the presence of greatness. This CD not only is an excellent learning tool for anyone interested in pursuing a composing career, it is also an awesome resource of enjoyment. Rebecca Hosking – email@example.com Rating: ★★★★★
La Chatte Electronique2009 Nu Jazz Atmospheric World Lounge Funk Electronica Soundscape Americana
Compositions by Glen Neff.
OutboundMusic.com - Gravity Radio Playlist 16 Tracks
Mad World2012 Electronica Americana Alternative Indie Rock-Rap-Punk Jazz Satire
A wild ride of great poetic minds & live shows & sessions throughout the past 10 years in MADRID New Mexico.Featuring vocals by: Lenny Hoffman, Jonny 1 Time, Ginger Dunnill, Serene Cigale,Art Welter,Ken Wolverton,Glen Neff and others. With Zander Meyer - bass, Paul Atkinson - drums, Mike Kluck - harmonica,Jason Kluck - bass,Ross Hamiln - guitar,Matheau David - drums,Dave Wendler - guitar,Java Linda Dunnill - violin,Glen Neff - keyboards - produced & recorded by Glen Neff.
Retrospective Sampler2006 Rock Jazz eclectic live session music
World Electronica Rock Americana. A sampler of various sessions throughout the last ten years. Produced by Glen Neff.
Journey of the Clouds
Journey of the Clouds 2004 Ambient Melodic Jazz Atmospheres
These are romantic, melodic compositions inspired by the clouds of New Mexico. Numerous variations sculpt the sonic pallet; improvisations take flight. This unseen film score opens the moment in time for the Journey of the Clouds. Glen Neff
Breath in the Wind 2000 Ride into the sunset western instrumental music
Breath in the Wind reaches back a few years to my arrival in Madrid, New Mexico; it is from a group of recording sessions at my previous studio in the old Fire House Building in Madrid. Featuring Dave Fein on indian flutes, Mike Kluck on harmonica, Dave Scheans on sax and Glen Neff synthesizers. Produced by Glen Neff.
Glen Neff and The Viridian Sky Visitors 2000Live at the Mine Shaft Tavern, Madrid, New Mexico. Grooves / Jazz Moves / Funky Rock
Recorded live at the famous Mineshaft Tavern! Sit back and be abducted by the sounds from the coming together of these energetic musicians and the Mine Shaft's festive crowd. Featuring Stan Hirsch on guitar, Mike Kluck on harmonica, Linda Dunnill on violin, Serene Cigale on voice and flute, Johnny One Time on raps/vocals and Glen Neff on synthesizers and voice. Produced by Glen Neff. Recorded live at the Mine Shaft by Art Welter.
This night was a blast!Featuring Jonny One Time on Rap/Vocals,Serene on Vocals-flute-Samples,Stan Hirsch-Rock'in Guitar,Mike Kluck-Harmonica,Java Linda-Violin,Glen Neff-Producer,Vocals,Keyboards,Sequences,Art Welter-Live Sound Recording.Come join the vibe and the "Madroids" groovin on the "Viridian Sky Visitors" Live at the famous Mindshaft Tavern.Feb. 2000
Musician time traveler Glen Neff takes you on a journey.
Children of the Electric Tree
Children of the Electric Tree 1998 Ambient Time Traveler Electronic Music
Playing a array of vintage synthesizers, this fluid soundscape was created with Memory Moog, Korg WS, Korg PS 3100, OBX, M1, 1000 PS and more.
As I Listen 2001 Jazz Moves Atmospheres
The vibe is raw energy improvised Funk, Jazz/World Music. It is a compilation of sessions at Picture Rock Studio.
With vocalist Michael Herndon, Stephan Junca drums, Dave Scheans sax, and Glen Neff keyboards and producer.
As I Listen
As I Listen
by Glen Neff-featuring Michael Herndon on vocals,Dave Scheans-sax
1997 A raw energy collaboration/improvization in the realms of Jazz & World Music,recorded at the Picture Rock Studio, Glen Neff's Round Straw Bale Home in Cerrillos/Madrid,New Mexico.Featuring Michael Herndon-Vocals,Lyrics,Scott Ackerman-guitar,Stephan Junca-drums,percussion,Zander Meyer-bass,Dave Scheans-sax,Glen Neff-keyboards,producer. Lyrics -"As Time Goes Moving On" by Glen Neff.Recorded by Fran Briggs,Jo-Jo,mastered by Art Welter
From sessions recorded in California in 1991 - 92, this CD features Maury Coles, an accomplished Toronto Jazz musician on sax, Maria Solaris is a weaver and Balladeer from Holland now living in California,singing vocalise and Glen Neff on synthesizers. Combining elements from the three musicians distinctly different backgrounds,taking chances-walking into and stepping away from the melody.Produced by Glen Neff.
1991-1992 Horizon Of Fractured Glass-Spacial Sound Sculptures.Recorded at the Blue Door Studio San Diego,California.Featuring Maury Coles-a native Canadian held in high regard by the Toronto jazz scene.Maria Solaris is a weaver and balladeer native to Holland and long time resident of California.Glen Neff is a native California artist and musician,arriving in New Mexico in 1998. The music on this CD is about improvisation in a manner much like abstract painting and sculpture, a layering process combining elements from three musician's distinctly different backgrounds,taking chances,walking into and stepping away from the melody.
Adventurous Atmospheric Ambient Avante Guard Electronic compositions, reviewed in the San Diego reader with cool acclaim. Compositions by Glen Neff with vocalise by Maria Solaris.Recorded on Vintage equiptment at the Blue Door Studio San Diego,California.
"With an extra measure of jazz chops,Glen Neff is head and shoulders above the Budd/Eno clones in his sophisticated use of harmonics,rhythms and synth voicings.His music has a kind of languid dissonance which suggests Ravel,and various motifs twist and blend with impressive intricacy. The feeling is solid and spacy at the same time,which is no mean feat." Option Magazine L.A.
" His music is as adventurous and lively as much of that other stuff is predictable and cumbersome. Synthesist Neff is a true improvisor and a reflexive expert at reacting to himself on tape. This one-man interactivity is compelling in and of itself,but what really counts are the basic building blocks of Neff's music-the notes themselves. Since the compositions are initiated spontaneously and later embellished,the musical mind of the initiator had best be fertile. Tis'.Neff, to a degree,shows the results of a jazz background in his extemporaneous melodicism,but he hasn't got a bunch of rote bop licks to trot out.The innocence of his lines works extraordinarily well with the complexity of his construction.The more traditional textures,the ones to which words like "majestic" are usually applied,are here made into something more substantial,thanks once again to Neff's melodic ingenuity and a decidedly avante-garde bent in the peripheral activity,plenty for an inquisitive brain to chew on."Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa) San Diego Reader.Recorded on vintage Kurtzweil Midiboard,Kurtzweil 1000PX,DX7,TX81Z,OBX,Memory Moog,Akai S612 Sampler,Atari 1040,Creator C-Lab,Effectron 1024,Midiverb ll,Toa Mixing Board,AMR 4 Track Cassette,ST707 Reel to Reel,bowed Banjo.Maria Solaris-vocalise
New Age Jazz.Ambient,Modern Jazz,Music Concrete,Recorded at Blue Door Studio,San Diego and Tascam 8 track at Clark Music in Healdsburg,Calif.Bruce Clark ambient woodwind musician, jazz sax & flute player improvising on tracks created by Glen Neff, then Neff improvises on OBX,Kurtzweil 1000PX,DX7,and more.Maria Solaris adds ethereal vocalise to the mix.
Video of "The Sound Poet's "on my utube channel
Glen Neff's Trio Extempore1989 Ambient Music Concrete
Ambient Avant Garde Music Concrete for Improvised jazz saxophone, voice & synthesizers featuring Maury Coles on sax, Maria Solaris on vocalise and Glen Neff on synthesizers,with special guest Validmir Voos on Oberheim Synth. Produced by Glen Neff.
Ambient Music Concrete,featuring Toronto Jazz Sax Legend-Maury Coles,Balladeer-Maria Solaris,Analog Synthesizers-Glen Neff,Guest Oberheim Synthesizer-Validmar Voos.Recorded at the Blue Door Studio,San Diego ,California 1989.
The Inner Journey-Voice in the Garden 1988 Atmospheric Electronic music for voice & analog synthesizers
Two CD's created with vintage analog synthesizer's and the first two albums by Glen Neff. Featuring vintage synthesizers and vocalise by Maria Solaris. Produced and recorded at the Blue Door Studio San Diego,California by Glen Neff.
Recorded live- August 11,1974,August 10 & 17 1975,and outdoors 1978. Raw tracks imperfect,but representative of where I was coming from at this chapter of my life.My first songs with lyrics and jazz movements. Featuring my Carlsbad Musician friends:Larry Neff,Sheri Ekkens-Neff(AKA Chappell Holt,see links below),Maria Solaris,Jody Calcara,Francyl Streano(AKA Francyl Gawryn),see link below),Marvin Gawryn,Dave Langen,Richie Langen,Kenny Langen,Gary Langen,Joe Saunders,Jim Anderson,Greg Cohen,Greg Rye,Kevin Hayes.