It’s really been just a few years since we’ve seen a resurgence of jazz and fusion in the “indie” mainstream, by which I mean it is once again “cool” at major music festivals across the globe. Canada’s BADBADNOTGOOD has particularly taken the lead to creating deeply down-to-earth chaos. Not too far along is LA native composer and drummer Brendan Eder, whose Ensemble act – a mixture of woodwinds, electric bass, and drum set – is equally whimsical and accessible.

His first album has been available since 2015, and only recently did he provide a music video for the lead off track, “Bentley Safari,” which features the stuff all babies probably dream about with psychedelic and abstract imagery Eder created in collaboration with artist Tristan Whitehill. It fits the track rather swimmingly, a hybrid of instrumental color and a sense of character via its plucky grooves, and showcases the wild side of an act that is otherwise as calm and collected as any orchestra.

Though most tracks from the record are no longer than three minutes, these instrumentals could befit any Zappa record in their eccentricity. The Ensemble feels effortless in grasping and creating its pinwheel of genre blends, and there will be much to anticipate from Eder in the coming year to see it effortlessly spin.

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Brendan Eder Ensemble