JazzTimes (p.69) - "Thoughtful, provocative fare....They take a cleansing breath on the dramatic closer, 'One.'"
Personnel: Jeff Miley (guitar); Peter Epstein (alto saxophone); James Miley (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Brian Hamada, Brian Hamada (drums).
Audio Mixer: Jeff Miley.
Liner Note Author: Tim Ries.
Recording information: No Sound Studios, Pasadena, CA (11/13/2008/11/14/2008); Shadowlake South, Blacksburg, VA (11/13/2008/11/14/2008).
Photographers: Leah Richardson; Lori Hamada; Brian Hamada.
Built around the talents of a handful of players, L.A. jazz collective Bug have taken on elements of the West Coast sound but incorporate elements of their own structures, their own styles into their sound. More than that, though, this quintet draws on the individual talents of its members to form a series of strong textures. While the bandmembers have extended solos and explorations, there's a tendency in the compositions (all penned primarily by the Miley brothers, James and Jeff, on guitar and piano respectively) for the instruments to move on parallel, and sometimes unison, melodic lines. The executions are all worthy, but it's the intrigue created in this album that really sets the group up for musical success.