I had the chance to review Aaron Comess' previous CD Catskills Cry and was quite impressed by the Jazz Fusion featured on it. Now, just about five years later, Aaron Comess puts out another album, still in a "guitar - bass - drums" instrumental trio form, but featuring two new collaborators on the string instruments.
I would classify the music on Beautiful Mistake in the Blues/Rock category, in my opinion an acceptable reference being Jeff Beck, even though Teddy Kumpel's guitar playing style is less flashy than Mr. Beck's, perhaps somewhat closer to Eric Clapton's. On his latest CD Aaron Comess' drumming is also pretty laid back. He gives all the tracks a nice acoustic groove, very nuanced and interesting, but he never overshadows his companions. The compositions are all very interesting, introducing varying styles and rythms. Hints of bluegrass or even country music sometimes can be heard, but the overall feel of the album is clearly Blues/Rock. This is a band that would certainly be nice to watch and listen to in a small venue like London's Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (I had myself the chance to go there once!!!).
I was not sent a physical copy of the album (I was given access to MP3 files of the record) so I cannot judge the actual production qualities of the CD, or the material included with it. The files sounded quite good, even though Richard Hammond's bass playing was pretty discreet coming out of my Ipod.
In conclusion, if you are a Blues/Rock fan in the genre made popular by Jeff Beck or Eric Clapton, Aaron Comess' Beautiful Mistake is certainly a highly recommended purchase. Nice stuff indeed!!