Many can talk the talk - but few can walk the walk. Panist Jonathan Scales without a doubt is ‘walking the walk.’ On his sophomore release called Plot/Scheme, Scales takes the listener not only into unexpected territory, but clearly uncharted real-estate. The fact that he takes us there with the steelpan instrument navigating the journey - is all the more fascinating.
All notions of an island-like, ‘smiley, smiley’ facade are dashed from the onset. His compositions take us through the full gamut of emotions, colors, modes and attitudes of the human experience coupled with social commentary. Humor, sadness, anxiety, joy, rage, horror, confusion, love and surprise - are just a few of the expressions Scales delivers on the double seconds with awesome clarity and control. Jonathan Scales is dropping serious musical conversation.
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