Born: June 14, 1976 Primary Instrument: Vibraphone
A REVIEW OF OUR DEBUT CD, PARADIGM SHIFT
Actual Proof, a quartet based in Charlotte, North Carolina, consists of vibraphonist Eric Mullis, keyboardist Silas Aldridge, electric bassist Phillip W. Berkley III. and drummer-percussionist Scott Brower. Paradigm Shift is their first full-length CD and it is a very impressive effort.
On Paradigm Shift, Actual Proof revitalizes jazz fusion. Their music is always funky (with powerful bass playing by Berkley), and utilizes the sound of rock, particularly on numbers where guitarist Clint Presley is a guest. But the jazz quotient is also quite high for the band constantly improvises, tugging at and stretching the boundaries of funky fusion, bringing in the best qualities of electric jazz and rock...
Actual Proof's debut CD Paradigm Shift is imaginative, playful, lively and inventive.... Edgy opener 'The Ion' sets the pace, while 'Mongo' surprises with changing tempos and Latinesque tone. There's piano-playing elegance on Island while there's even a Grover Washington soundalike on 'The Ride'. Lew Herman, Creative Loafing (Charlotte)
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