Monday, February 1, 2010


Odysseus is jazz, but mostly Odysseus is a journey.

From the liner notes:

"It has been said that good artists copy, but great artists steal. This idea can be expanded to include the phrase 'the genius expands'. True, Miles Davis and his cohorts began to explore the vast area of dark matter comprising inter-galactic territory between Jazz and Rock, and like its cosmic counterpart, this unexplored component of the cosmos is far richer than previously thought. Just as astronomers and astrophysicists are only beginning to understand the importance and prevalence of dark matter in the workings of gravity, Odysseus is making us aware that the style, once referred to pejoratively as 'fusion', conceals limitless musical potential behind its glossy sheen.

By scratching the surface of the facade of fusion, Miles, McLaughlin, and Corea provided a narrow entryway for Odysseus to enter the realm of compositional freedom and dialectical complexity heard on their current EP. The multifarious instrumental elements do not simply combine disparate elements as in the work of their predecessors, but create whole new musical worlds through the conflation of counterpoint and pedal-point, change and stasis, ebb and flow. To experience this music is to come closer to a truly universal understanding of humanity and its place in time and space."

--Leonardo Featherweight

Odysseus is BJ Rubin and Jeff Davidson

BJ Rubin: Fender bass, Wurlitzer 140B, Bontempi 4 Electric Organ, Drums, Vocals
Jeff Davidson: Moog Rogue, Roland Juno 60, Trumpet, Drums

Produced by Jeff Davidson and BJ Rubin at Davidsounds
Mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering
Artwork by Dorie Van Dercreek
"The Rings of Neptune" video directed by Camilla Padgitt-Coles

New York, NY 2009-10

Two copies of this were cut to vinyl. The records are not for sale, but you can hear the songs for free.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Odysseus.

The Rings of Neptune b/w Light Matter (Pukekos)
1. The Rings of Neptune
2. Light Matter


Mason said...

How does get only two copies of something cut to vinyl?

BJ Rubin said...

Josh Bonati has a lathe cutter in his mastering studio and thus is capable of cutting individual records to order.