Bernard, Will - Directions to My House (special)
Very fine Americana-styled jazz/blues/rock/whatever mix from 3 excellent players.
"The Will Bernard trio highlights the interplay of Will Bernard on Guitar, Ches Smith on Drums and Devin Hoff on bass. Performing Will's compositions, the trio shifts between free form unmetered compositions and improvisations to blues, ballads, edgy rock and jazz. Contrasts are a big part of the sound of this group: angularity with lyricism, space with density and reckless speed with stillness. The trio attempts to meld improvisation and composition in the most seamless manner possible.
Bay Area guitarist, Will Bernard has played in a wide variety of situations including his own band Motherbug, Grammy nominated T.J. Kirk, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, The Frequinox,The Baguette Quartette, Peter Apfelbaum, Jai Uttal, Steven Yerkey, Rinde Eckert, Beth Custer, The Coup. And has recently appeared with Idris Muhammed , Paul Jackson, Trey Anastasio,Stanton Moore, Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra, Oberlin Dance Collective and Cal Shakes. Ches Smith is one of the Bay Area's most in demand drummers. He is playing most nights of the week with the likes of Graham Connah, John Schott, Trey Spruance, Trevor Dunn, Mr. Bungle,Tom Waits, Theory of ruin and Good for cows. Devin Hoff is an all around modern bass player adapt at many styles. Some of the people he plays with are Nels Cline Singers, Carla Boslich, John
Schott, Good for Cows, Beth Custer and Graham Connah."