The Paul Berner Band‘s masterpiece Road To Memphis is the Soundtrack to the movie that still has to be made. A movie about Elvis Presley, focusing on the saga of a country boy becoming a king, a movie that find Elvis standing on the same cross road where blues singer Robert Johnson had been standing some 30 years before.
The band features Paul Berner on Bass, Michael Moore on Sax & Clarinet, Ed Verhoeff on Guitar (Left Channel) and Peter Tiehuis on Guitar (Right Channel).
And there, on that crossroad, ‘en route to Memphis, the devil in the form of Colonel Tom Parker appears and buys Elvis’ soul in exchange for fame and wealth. But on the other hand when one listens to track 6 – The Colonel – another more complex picture of Tom Parker emerges, that of a man in pain and remorse. Was he the Devil? Just before the melody enters you hear small squeaks from dried monkey hands and a voodoo priest blowing smoke, trying in vain to undo the whole deal.
Then Parker, Michael Moore‘s Clarinet, ”sings his song”. A song about the illegal immigrant Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk, changing his identity and becoming Tom Parker, going from the old world to the new, from rags to riches, from laborer to kingmaker. Maybe Parker too had been standing on that crossroad. Maybe Parker by bringing Elvis to fame, was trying for a new deal with the Devil… Elvis in exchange for his own soul.
Paul Berner Band
Paul Berner – Bass
Michael Moore – Sax & Clarinet
Ed Verhoeff – Guitar (Left Channel)
Peter Tiehuis – Guitar (Right Channel)
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 00:44:15
Grimm Audio CC1
Grimm Audio TPR
RME Micstacy (Analog > MADI)
Paul: JZ V67 Michael: JZ V67 Ed: Neumann KM84 (Left Channel Guitar) Peter: Neumann KM84 (Right Channel Guitar) Main system – Audio Technica 4022 (AB)
AKG 702 & Sennheiser HD800
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Grimm Audio LS1
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Recorded in Studio Eleven in Hilversum, Netherlands with a live audience on November 25, 2012
|Release Date||April 14, 2023|
The Paul Berner Band’s Road to Memphis was recorded live in front of an audience in Studio Eleven in Hilversum, Netherlands.
The energy of the performances are what you get only with a live recording. The band is really moving together in these cuts.
Not the easiest album to find, Road to Memphis by the Paul Berner Band is a wonderful find. It’s a light, contemplative Jazz album with Bass, Sax, Clarinet and a pair of Guitars. Not noisy.
One thing that really surprised me about this album is how real and immediate the sound is. You are there. And then, at the end of the first track, you hear the applause and it hits you….damn, this was recorded live.
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