Teddy Presberg & The Resistance 3
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Teddy Presberg & The Resistance 3

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""Refreshingly entertaining, stylistic and playfully off-center.""

No overdubs or premeditated compositions here as Portland, Oregon guitarist Teddy Presberg recorded these tracks in his dining room/studio. The muse for this exceptional and irrefutably delightful outing was inspired by the city of Portland, although the guitarist honed his chops in his native St. Louis. And I must assert, it’s one of the hands-down musical surprises for 2007.

Presberg predominately uses his wah-wah pedal as a vehicle for soulful expressionism amid a laid-back, funk/rock/blues gait. Very infectious indeed and, at times, reminds me of vintage Cream or the early British blues rock scene. However, Presberg sports a contemporary methodology here. Refreshingly entertaining, stylistic and playfully off-center, the guitarist also merges a sound that hints at classic psycho-pop via a jam-based modus operandi. But he maintains a distinctly personalized musical aura throughout.

Presberg’s e-guitar permutations are driven by melodic choruses that are acutely accentuated by the rhythm section’s snappy pulses. He interweaves intricate chord voicings into the mix as well. And in certain movements, he imparts phased-out breaks and liquefying licks. He’s a crafty cat indeed. On the piece titled “My Bird Can Fly,” Presberg serves up a cool blues motif, counterbalanced by a mellow groove that sparks remembrances of the late 60s flower-child brouhaha. Simply stated, this gem will most certainly find its way on my 2007 top-ten list. No doubt about it. - The Jazz Review


""Refreshingly entertaining, stylistic and playfully off-center.""

No overdubs or premeditated compositions here as Portland, Oregon guitarist Teddy Presberg recorded these tracks in his dining room/studio. The muse for this exceptional and irrefutably delightful outing was inspired by the city of Portland, although the guitarist honed his chops in his native St. Louis. And I must assert, it’s one of the hands-down musical surprises for 2007.

Presberg predominately uses his wah-wah pedal as a vehicle for soulful expressionism amid a laid-back, funk/rock/blues gait. Very infectious indeed and, at times, reminds me of vintage Cream or the early British blues rock scene. However, Presberg sports a contemporary methodology here. Refreshingly entertaining, stylistic and playfully off-center, the guitarist also merges a sound that hints at classic psycho-pop via a jam-based modus operandi. But he maintains a distinctly personalized musical aura throughout.

Presberg’s e-guitar permutations are driven by melodic choruses that are acutely accentuated by the rhythm section’s snappy pulses. He interweaves intricate chord voicings into the mix as well. And in certain movements, he imparts phased-out breaks and liquefying licks. He’s a crafty cat indeed. On the piece titled “My Bird Can Fly,” Presberg serves up a cool blues motif, counterbalanced by a mellow groove that sparks remembrances of the late 60s flower-child brouhaha. Simply stated, this gem will most certainly find its way on my 2007 top-ten list. No doubt about it. - The Jazz Review


""A stunning glimpse of the soul-shattering power of emotive musical construction.""

With an amazing ability to translate the beauty of the world of nature into sound, Teddy Presberg offers an instrumental voyage with "Blueprint of Soul."

A fascinating exchange of sound, Presberg’s rhythms create an atmospheric climate of pure melody influencing powerful emotion. Within a framework of percussion overlaying intricate guitar solos, Presberg reminds listeners of the power of jazz.

Particular highlights include the roaming sounds of “Colonel Summers,” the calming, smooth recitations of sound found in “My Bird Can Fly,” or the smooth, slams of “The Dig.” In each creation, an infusion of melody breathes through the sound waves creating a magical soundtrack to feeling. Within the framework of repetitive beats, a transformation of originality rises through the fog of similarity clouding most radio guitar work these days.

The purest highlight of the movement can be found in the halls of sound “Beneath the Burnside.” Within this piece, the evocative sounds create a swooning sense of opportunity, which collide in a fire of explosive passion.

A fan of the environment and a student of nature, Presberg offers an environmentally focused partnership with the planet that includes donating portions of the album proceeds to Organic Farming Research while promoting environmental ethics in the production of neutral greenhouse products like this very record.

Instrumental jazz enthusiasts can look to the power of “The Blueprint,” the sultry swing of “82nd Ave Strut,” and the sweet soulful climax of “Sunrise On St. John’s.” Within these timeless jams, a pure originality and emotion is on display. Such an occasion offers a stunning glimpse of the soul-shattering power of emotive musical construction. - Metro Spirit


""A stunning glimpse of the soul-shattering power of emotive musical construction.""

With an amazing ability to translate the beauty of the world of nature into sound, Teddy Presberg offers an instrumental voyage with "Blueprint of Soul."

A fascinating exchange of sound, Presberg’s rhythms create an atmospheric climate of pure melody influencing powerful emotion. Within a framework of percussion overlaying intricate guitar solos, Presberg reminds listeners of the power of jazz.

Particular highlights include the roaming sounds of “Colonel Summers,” the calming, smooth recitations of sound found in “My Bird Can Fly,” or the smooth, slams of “The Dig.” In each creation, an infusion of melody breathes through the sound waves creating a magical soundtrack to feeling. Within the framework of repetitive beats, a transformation of originality rises through the fog of similarity clouding most radio guitar work these days.

The purest highlight of the movement can be found in the halls of sound “Beneath the Burnside.” Within this piece, the evocative sounds create a swooning sense of opportunity, which collide in a fire of explosive passion.

A fan of the environment and a student of nature, Presberg offers an environmentally focused partnership with the planet that includes donating portions of the album proceeds to Organic Farming Research while promoting environmental ethics in the production of neutral greenhouse products like this very record.

Instrumental jazz enthusiasts can look to the power of “The Blueprint,” the sultry swing of “82nd Ave Strut,” and the sweet soulful climax of “Sunrise On St. John’s.” Within these timeless jams, a pure originality and emotion is on display. Such an occasion offers a stunning glimpse of the soul-shattering power of emotive musical construction. - Metro Spirit


"Sophomore Album Opens a Vast Arena of Excitement"

Whispering sweet psychedelic nothings through his jazz grooved riffs and soulful guitar funk has opened a vast arena of excitement for the followers of this instrumental bluesman. Responsible for a multitude of repeated plays. - Maximum Ink


"Sophomore Album Opens a Vast Arena of Excitement"

Whispering sweet psychedelic nothings through his jazz grooved riffs and soulful guitar funk has opened a vast arena of excitement for the followers of this instrumental bluesman. Responsible for a multitude of repeated plays. - Maximum Ink


"A thunderous sound that will rattle you to the core"

True art wins out. It drives me crazy when people say, who “listens to jazz or funk nowadays.” I reply I do! So the timing could not be better that Teddy Presberg showed up in my inbox recently. Teddy’s music hit a certain tone with me, not to mention I am a huge fan of vintage sounding keys. From now when someone says, jazz and funk are dead, I will simply play for the them any of the super bad ass, hard-hitting songs off “Blueprint of Soul.”

There is constant innovation all around us, sometimes just not marketing dollars behind this art form, but you cannot do any better then play “Blueprint of Soul.” When you listen to Teddy you will be reminded that this album and its gimmick free, glowing sound and that all pervasive Teddy powerful funk thumping, foot tapping sound will take a hold of you. The power of this art form is alive and doing so dam well when you have musicians like Teddy that craft a solid album. Every song resonates with the beauty and power of true funky jazz but has just enough of that Teddy spin on it to make it fresh. There is power to his playing, a thunderous sound that will rattle you to the core. - Loudvine


"A thunderous sound that will rattle you to the core"

True art wins out. It drives me crazy when people say, who “listens to jazz or funk nowadays.” I reply I do! So the timing could not be better that Teddy Presberg showed up in my inbox recently. Teddy’s music hit a certain tone with me, not to mention I am a huge fan of vintage sounding keys. From now when someone says, jazz and funk are dead, I will simply play for the them any of the super bad ass, hard-hitting songs off “Blueprint of Soul.”

There is constant innovation all around us, sometimes just not marketing dollars behind this art form, but you cannot do any better then play “Blueprint of Soul.” When you listen to Teddy you will be reminded that this album and its gimmick free, glowing sound and that all pervasive Teddy powerful funk thumping, foot tapping sound will take a hold of you. The power of this art form is alive and doing so dam well when you have musicians like Teddy that craft a solid album. Every song resonates with the beauty and power of true funky jazz but has just enough of that Teddy spin on it to make it fresh. There is power to his playing, a thunderous sound that will rattle you to the core. - Loudvine


""Blueprint of Soul: Critic's Pick Top 10 Album of 2007""

"Blueprint of Soul: Critic's Pick Top 10 Album of 2007" - All About Jazz


""Blueprint of Soul: Critic's Pick Top 10 Album of 2007""

"Blueprint of Soul: Critic's Pick Top 10 Album of 2007" - All About Jazz


"Crown Prince of Funk Improv"

The first time I heard a cut from this release, I thought, “Hmmm, yummy guitar!”. Listening to the whole album, there’s no reason to change my first impression except maybe to add the adjective, “Big”. Not on every cut, mind you, but Presberg’s outsize guitar footprint is evident everywhere.

Presberg spent a bunch of years in Portland, Oregon and this album is his effort to recreate a rainy night (is there any other kind?) here on the Soggy Coast. Rather than spending a lot of time working out a set list of songs and carefully crafting each one, Presberg has gone for a home studio-based, spontaneous creation. All the songs have been improvised in an effort to capture a set of pure and natural musical impressions. No second takes allowed here.

Assuming no one is pulling my leg with regard to second takes, the result has been golden. We are treated to a series of cool (almost subzero), arrogant jazz instrumentals with generous dollops of funk.

A listener will notice the big, strutting grooves that take charge on each cut. Then Presberg’s guitar comes in, taking over center stage. He has a lot to say, but he makes his points in an economical, almost terse style; no long guitar solos intended to show off his virtuosity. The mood on this album is darkly hip, the underside of a rainy city…don’t stray off the sidewalk into the shadowy alleys.

My favorite is “Colonel Summers”, a great soundtrack for a cop drama.
Summary: It may be too early to crown Presberg as the King of Funk Improv, but he’s definitely proved that he should be the Crown Prince. - Bullfrog Reviews


"Crown Prince of Funk Improv"

The first time I heard a cut from this release, I thought, “Hmmm, yummy guitar!”. Listening to the whole album, there’s no reason to change my first impression except maybe to add the adjective, “Big”. Not on every cut, mind you, but Presberg’s outsize guitar footprint is evident everywhere.

Presberg spent a bunch of years in Portland, Oregon and this album is his effort to recreate a rainy night (is there any other kind?) here on the Soggy Coast. Rather than spending a lot of time working out a set list of songs and carefully crafting each one, Presberg has gone for a home studio-based, spontaneous creation. All the songs have been improvised in an effort to capture a set of pure and natural musical impressions. No second takes allowed here.

Assuming no one is pulling my leg with regard to second takes, the result has been golden. We are treated to a series of cool (almost subzero), arrogant jazz instrumentals with generous dollops of funk.

A listener will notice the big, strutting grooves that take charge on each cut. Then Presberg’s guitar comes in, taking over center stage. He has a lot to say, but he makes his points in an economical, almost terse style; no long guitar solos intended to show off his virtuosity. The mood on this album is darkly hip, the underside of a rainy city…don’t stray off the sidewalk into the shadowy alleys.

My favorite is “Colonel Summers”, a great soundtrack for a cop drama.
Summary: It may be too early to crown Presberg as the King of Funk Improv, but he’s definitely proved that he should be the Crown Prince. - Bullfrog Reviews


Discography

Blueprint of Soul (Ropeadope Records) - 2007
Blueprint of Soul REMIXES (Outright Music) - 2008
Outcries from a Sea of Red (Outright Music) - 2009
Outcries from a Sea of Red REMIXES (Timewarp) - 2010

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Music rooted in improvisation, inspired by the moment and the audience.

Often compared to the funky, soulful jazz musicians such as Grant Green and Eddie Harris, you also hear artists such as The White Stripes and Beck influence his sound. His music is fresh, ever evolving, and lays out his immediate and unfiltered response to our society and times.

Teddy is known for speaking his own language on the guitar. He’s not flashy with in-your-face chops. He can own one note, and with that note, you know exactly what he means. Teddy plays for the moment, never repeating himself – risking the falls to reach the musical highs.

Ropeadope Records (DJ Logic, Christian McBride, Charlie Hunter, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood) released Teddy’s debut solo recordings: “Blueprint of Soul.” The album consists of songs written in a stream of consciousness, tracks done in one take, and unforgettable improvisational grooves. The result is a funky Friday-night party record, honored as a Critic's Pick Top 10 Album of 2007 by All About Jazz.

The Summer of 2009 welcomed Teddy’s newest musical contribution: “Outcries from a Sea of Red.” A more experimental yet polished approach to Teddy’s music. This long-awaited genre-bending album put Teddy on his second national tour.

Teddy has shared the stage with other current guitar masters such as David 'Fuze' Fiuczynski, Fareed Haque, and John Scofield and performed at festivals such as the Saint Louis Jazz Festival and 10,000 Lakes Festival.

The music of Teddy Presberg has another important characteristic: it is environmentally friendly. His touring is greenhouse gas free and endorsed by the eco-cool clothing company Nau. Teddy was also a part of the “Keep it Simple Tour” which was co-sponsored by the town of Alta, UT, and the eco-friendly organic bar producer Clif Bar. Teddy is also currently endorsed by Bulleit Bourbon.