Not A Word Press!
San Antonio Express News Review by Jim Beal, Jr.
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As one might guess with the title “Not a Word”, the songs on Glenn Fukunaga’s 6 song EP are solely instrumental, but each and every instrument sings. As is to be expected from Austin’s premiere bass player, bass is what drives these tracks, from the electric, to upright, fretless, and acoustic. With such expressive and melodic bass lines, you won’t miss the standard guitar, though you may delight to find there’s even a touch of Glenn's first instrument, the ukulele.
Though wordless, each track evokes a deep and powerful conversation between musician and listener. Whether telling the story of the dark side of the tourist-friendly Hawaiian luau, expressing a father’s love for a lost son, commenting on the coming together of the human race, tipping a hat to Miles Davis or just plain having goofy fun, these jazz flavored soundscapes throw the usual musical rules out the window. You won’t hear the typical walking bass lines - up to the 4 or down to the 6 minor that Glenn has played in hundreds of sessions before. Glenn allowed his fellow musicians, Joel Guzman on keys, Dony Wynn on drums and percussion, Alex Coke on woodwinds and Kevin Flatt on brass the freedom to add their voices to the conversation.
Recorded and mixed by Bradley Kopp at Red Boot Ranch Studio in Austin, TX, and mastered it by David Glasser from Airshow in Boulder, CO, “Not a Word” speaks in the universal language of music, and has a lot to say. If you sit back and listen with your eyes closed, you can’t help but understand.