“Vehicles” is the debut album by the collaborative trio MULTI MANSIONS.
MULTI MANSIONS is a trio based in Philadelphia, PA featuring guitarist Mike Lorenz, bassist Sandy Eldred (U.S.E. Trio, Norman David and the Eleventet) and drummer Kevin Ripley (Kingsley Ibeneche, Triage) that is dedicated to the performance of original music and selections from the repertoire of guitar hero Sonny Sharrock.
Sandy Eldred, bass
Kevin Ripley, drums
This is the fifth Eleventet album overall and the second one issued during the 40th-year celebration of my band. (The first one is Continuing Action/CoolCraft CC41-05.) It has been immensely gratifying throughout the decades to hear top players interpreting and soloing over the music. These latest tracks were a joy to produce and you will hear that the bandmembers lay them down big-time, as expected. There is plenty of hard-driving swing, of course, and there are also fat doses of other grooves and freer playing. I hope you are, and will continue to be, affected by the music.
—N.D. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 9, 2020
This is the first of two Eleventet album releases during the 40th-year celebration of my band. The performances here showcase The Eleventet at three points over a span of 19 years. The personnel varies on the three sessions, but the “Eleventet sound” is always there—in-your-face and packed with energy. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the bandmembers are always of the highest caliber.
In early 2001, when I was teaching at Ursinus College, just northwest of Philadelphia, The Eleventet performed as part of the college’s annual concert series. The band was hot that evening in front of an enthusiastic audience. Ten years later, I set to music some of the writings of my friend, Ethel Rackin, a prolific and acclaimed poet. The Eleventet played the world premiere in Philadelphia and that performance was also a resounding success. Both of these concerts were recorded at the time, yet never released—until now. To complete this album’s program, I composed a three-movement suite. Recorded in studio, the work is a feature for The Eleventet’s rhythm section, augmented with electric guitar and vibraphone, but the entire ensemble has its moments too.
I have been steadfast in keeping The Eleventet at the forefront of my work throughout my professional career. Maintaining a roster of top players, as well as writing new music on a monthly or even weekly basis, is daunting. But I (happily) persist and the music goes on.
— N. D. March 4, 2020, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“U.S.E.—Urbina, Scarano, Eldred—adventurous, fresh, exciting, focused…honest. These are gifted musicians and Sideways Circle is their title for this debut album. It is a provocative title with implications. The trio, in fact, comes at you from multiple perspectives and angles—sideways, forward, backward, up and down, in and out, diagonally. Their music and playing are not constrained by convention; the group dynamic is organic and completely attractive; the beautifully-constructed compositions are heartfelt, ferocious, soothing, in your face, gentle. From the plaintive, yet energetic “Features of a Forgotten Face,” to the pointillistic and hard driving “One Zero Nine,” to the inward-looking “That Story About You,” to the powerful outpouring of “What Did You Think?”—and on everything in between—this band cooks at all temperatures. The music and the playing are original and deep. U.S.E.—Urbina, Scarano, Eldred. They understand the sources, their collective voice is compelling, and they know where they are going. This is a trio of the highest order.”
— Norman David, Philadelphia, April 24, 2019
Andrew Urbina – saxophone
Matt Scarano – drums
Sandy Eldred – bass
Debut album from saxophonist Bogdan Gumenyuk. Featuring entirely original music by the artist. The band is comprised of musicians from Kiev, New York, and Philadelphia.
Bogdan Gumenyuk – Tenor
John Swana – EVI
Luis Perdomo – Piano
Sandy Eldred – Bass
Mark Whitfield II – Drums
O’Beirne has been leading Slowbern (formerly Slowburn) since 2010 and he describes the band as a “community” with a large pool of potential members circulating in and out depending upon availability. Dreams of Daedalus features a cast of musicians who have been there since the beginning – Carl Schultz (tenor saxophone), Felix Manzi (drums), Josh Anderson (trumpet), Sandy Eldred (bass) and Dave Bozenhard (guitar). The band also includes many of O’Beirne’s old professors at UArts in Philadelphia including John Swana and Tony Miceli, both Philly jazz legends. A trumpet hero of O’Beirne’s, Nick Marchione was able to play lead trumpet on the album; Sean Bailey also lent his clarinet acumen to the project doing woodwind overdubs.
Recorded live at Plays & Players Theatre in Philadelphia, PA.
In 2000, David assembled and debuted the first Philadelphia version of The Eleventet. In mid-2007, he finalized a permanent Philadelphia roster of players, comprised of the cream of that city’s jazz artists and usually including some of the above-mentioned or other prominent musicians. The Eleventet is featured exclusively throughout the year at Plays and Players Theater, one of Philadelphia’s venerable venues for the creative arts. Additionally, the band performs regularly at other notable locales in the region. The Eleventet produces breathtaking ensemble-playing filled with monster solos. David’s original compositions and arrangements propel the listener down unexpected paths and through surprising twists and turns.