Category: News about Rick’s Bands

General News, Performance Reviews, Upcoming Concerts about any or all of Rick’s Bands and Solo Performances

New Orleans, LA – 02/01/11 – Blue Nile Lounge (Balcony Room) – Neslort at the Open Ears Series

New Orleans, La. – 01/08/11 – Louisiana Music Factory – USA – Neslort in store Performance

Where Y’at Mystical Scam Review: “Wild musical journey that delivers”

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Mystical Scam
Neslort Music BMI

Neslort brings a robust feeling of excitement and renewal to contemporary jazz releasing soulful joy on their latest, Mystical Scam. “March of the Native Alien” brings some funky rhythmic beats to the table which sounds more like something you’d find going down at the Maple Leaf or Blue Nile in the wee morning hours, while the title track, “Mystical Scam” brings you into a rockin’ psychedelic trip emblazoned with stellar organ vibes. From “I Found You,” to “The Yoga Rope Rag” and “After the Extinction,” this CD is a wild musical journey that delivers all the way. –J.J

Photos from CD Release Party Now Up!

Neslort: Tim Robertson & Matt Perrine

Mystical Scam had its coming out on November 17th, 2010 and our friend photographer Scott Myers was there.

To see the complete Gallery of Photos taken by Scott Myers during the Mystical Scam CD Release Party @ The Blue Nile November 2010, go to this link or click on the photo.

New Orleans, LA – 12/16/10 – Carrollton Station – Neslort

New Orleans, La. – 11/28/10 – Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro – USA – Neslort

New Orleans, LA – 11/17/10 – Blue Nile Lounge (Balcony Room) – Neslort\’s \”Mystical Scam\” CD Release

New Orleans, LA – 08/31/10 – Blue Nile Lounge (Balcony Room) – Neslort at the Open Ears Series

Off to the Manufacturer!

Mystical Scam, our new CD dedicated to all of the organizations, religious or not, that promise us wealth, health, happiness, 20 virgins awaiting us in heaven after we kill 3000 people and the such… is in printing now! Our projected release will be in October.

The 10 songs recorded are killing!

Stay tuned for further news.

New Neslort Recording in post production!

That’s right folks, we finally got into the studio. 3 days of recording, trying our best NOT to get it perfect, very little makeup was applied. We like it raw, like our oysters, eerrp, well, like we used to like them. Included on the CD will be some video of us performing. So right now, we’re putting the package together. Lot’s of team work going on, Rick Olivier on the still photos, Richard Thompson on the video, Misha Kachkachishvili engineering the sound, and my favorite “Threadhead,” Michael Tomb on the CD design. Me??? I’m working nights washing windows at the Entergy building trying to pay all this off! At least it’s cool way up there!

OK, so I have started “blogging.” Let’s see how much bullshit I can come up with as time marches on. Oh, by the way, is it ok to use “naughty” words in one’s own blog? I hope the fuck so, cause if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s censorship. And that’s a subject I will address in my next blog. There’s a soapbox I will willingly stand on!

I hope someone actually reads this…..or not.

I will close with this bit of wisdom…..SECURITY BREEDS INSECURITY!

Transmission = New Neslort Soon

I just received another transmission from Neslortia….

new Music is now imminent.

This may mean extended celebration in those communities that have been anxiously awaiting “The Return”.

You may want to start thinking about securing your place in line in that case….

New Orleans, LA – 04/27/10 – Blue Nile Lounge (Balcony Room) – Neslort at Jazz Fest – Open Ear Series

New Orleans, LA – 03/19/10 – The Old Point Bar – US – Neslort

New Orleans, La. – 02/23/10 – Maison @ 508 – US – Neslort

Review September 8, 2009

New Orleans-Tuesday, September 8, 2009

It seems like the hottest night of the year, this Tuesday in September on Frenchman St. The street seems bare, The Snug Harbor is closed to renovations, and the Spotted Cat has closed to a management failure. But upstairs from the Blue Nile, life abounds. As part of the “Open Ears” series, organized by local trombonist, Jeff Albert, the Jazz-Rock-Avante Garde-“come what may” ensemble of “Neslort,” is tearing it up. At first, it seems as if they would be playing to only a few people, but by the end of the 3rd song, the place was packed, not with people just meandering and getting drunk, but with people attentively listening and getting into it. It developed into somewhat of a “Welcome Home” party.

Long disbanded since 1998, the group has come together again under the leadership of its creator, Rick Trolsen. A former member of “Bonerama” and “The New Orleans Nightcrawlers,” the trombonist originally formed this group as a vehicle for his, witty, innovative, and driving compositions. Their sound has been likened to a cross between Frank Zappa and the Jazz Crusaders. Personally, I think they defy comparison.

With Tenor Saxophonist, Brent Rose by his side, yes, it’s somewhat reminiscent of the Jazz Crusaders, but the material they are playing shows influences of Bach, Don Ellis, Chick Corea, and Frank Zappa, along with the undeniable grooves of what one would expect of a New Orleans band. Throw in a bit of circus music and some spontaneous improvisation, and there it is, a new kind of Gumbo called “Neslort.”

Laying down odd meter grooves, the rhythm section makes the music sound as funky and fluid as any funk band might. Keyboardist, Brian Coogan, at one moment is playing a lush, rubato solo, and as soon as the groove kicks, he’s laying down bebop licks like the masters. Bassist, Matt Perrine, in his ever-original style, holds down the fortress with his fretless singing throughout. Guitarist, Tim Robertson, donning a bicycle helmet, sounds like Steve Vai on Red Bull. Drummer, Boyanna Trayanova, of Bulgarian descent, fittingly rocks the band with hell bound solos, and “balls to the wall” grooves.

I, for one, can’t wait to hear them again. Keep your eye out for this band. It will get your blood moving, and keep your head spinning.

Zircoff Mata-Freelance Writer