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Counterweight

Throttle Elevator Music producer Gregory Howe returns with Counterweight, a collaborative offering of ten new songs following the success and critical reception of Throttle Elevator Music.

Much of the T.E.M. personnel are reunited with bassist/composer Matt Montgomery and drummer Mike Hughes (both also heard on late guitarist Larry Coryell's Wide Hive release Heavy Feel) joining trumpeter Erik Jekabson (Area J, Throttle IV, and Retrorespective) and the welcome addition of Bay Area heavies Mike Ramos on guitar and Kasey Knudsen on saxophone.

A sonic departure from the Throttle project, Counterweight maintains an urgent, exploratory attitude, with intense improvisational playing and a compositional architecture both soulful and cerebral.

The soaring lead trumpet performances by Jekabson anchor Counterweight in the tradition of a modern jazz trumpet ensemble while the ensemble actively navigates toward new musical terrain.

Track Listing: 

HUM 5.00
MONTECITO SUNSET 5.18
TIME IS A SPHERE 3.24
APARECIDA 7.08
ELLIPSIS 4.23
SOLACING 4.24
EMBARCADERO PLAZA 4.02
ERGOT 5.00
DRONI MITCHELL 4.38
EXTREMIS 4.51

  • A picture of Erik Jekabson playing a trumpet.

    Erik Jekabson

    Erik Jekabson is an American trumpet player, composer, and music educator from Berkeley, California. He appears on Throttle Elevator Music IV and Throttle Elevator Music Area J.

  • A photo of Gregory Howe at the sound board.

    Gregory Howe

    Gregory Howe is a producer, engineer, musician and owner and founder of Wide Hive Records. Howe is an accomplished producer who has released over thirty albums through Wide Hive Records.

  • A photograph of Matt Montgomery playing bass in the Wide Hive Studio.

    Matt Montgomery

    Matthew Montgomery has performed or recorded with, abbreviated for brevity’s sake would include: Faye Carol, Calvin Keys, Donald “Duck” Bailey, Graham Connah, Hafez Modirzadeh, Eddie Gale, Mark Levine, Kevin Carnes and David Boyce (Professor Borris Karnaz and Black Edgar Kenyatta of Broun Fellinis), and Kat Ouano (Crown City Rockers).

  • A photo of Mike Hughes during the recording of "Jagged Rocks" (Throttle Elevator Music)

    Mike Hughes

    Michael Hughes is an American drummer living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    He studied drumming at L.A. Music Academy with Joe Porcaro and Ralph
    Humphrey and spent a decade performing in LA with artists such as Tal
    Wilkenfeld, Frank Gambale, and Robben Ford. He is the drummer on "Heavy Feel" by Larry Coryell as well as Throttle Elevator Music's "Area J" and "Jagged Rocks" featuring Kamasi Washington.

  • A photo of Mike Ramos playing guitar in the Wide Hive Studios.

    MIke Ramos

    Mike Ramos is a musician and guitarist living in Oakland California. He has most recently performed in bands such as Jason Newsted's Chop House Band (Newsted was formerly in Metallica), Gregory Howe's Solo Record, and Counterweight (Throttle Elevator Music).

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