A Rifftides Review of Mystical Scam

Doug Ramsay

From the Respected Music Blog Rifftides, considered  one of the best blogs for Jazz Students.

Most reviews and articles about the leader of Neslort (spell it backward) begin, “Eccentric New Orleans trombonist Rick Trolsen…” The reasons for that are apparent in this CD. Equally evident is Trolsen’s and the sextet’s musicianship, which merges street funk, bebop, electronica, rhythm and blues, New Orleans parade pzazz and—as in all good gumbos—a mystery ingredient or two. Tim Robertson’s pliant guitar licks, Kyle Cripps’ saxophones, Matt Perrine’s bass and tuba, Larry Sieberth’s keyboards and the popping vigor of Boyanna Trayanova’s drumming complement Trolsen’s blowsy trombone and his vocals, reminiscent of David Clayton-Thomas.

See the review on-site here.

Sea of Tranquility Review

Mystical Scam – Click to Buy

A review of Mystical Scam …..

“Neslort has delivered a unique album that does not really sound like anything else I have heard recently and that is precisely what makes Mystical Scam such a satisfying listen”

“Neslort are a new Orleans band that are difficult to categorize considering they play a gamut of styles including funk, jazz, fusion, psyche and rock. The leader of the band is Rick Trolsen on trombone and vocals – you may have noticed Neslort is his last name spelled backwards. Other members of the band are Kyle Cripps (tenor, soprano saxophones), Tim Robertson (electric guitar), Larry Sieberth (keyboards), Matt Perrine (electric bass, tuba) and Boyanna Trayanova (drums).

“The band formed in 1991 only to break up in 1998. Their new comeback album Mystical Scam is an excellent listen. Their website proclaims “Primordial Fusion since 1991” and who am I to argue with that. Although the music is melodic, this is not an easy listen as there is a depth and complexity here that may take a few listens to fully appreciate.

“Trolsen’s trombone is all over this album which makes for an interesting sound as this is not something you hear very much in rock music. Three of the tracks contain vocals and I quite like Trolsen’s deep, soulful voice. The rest of the musicians are no slouches either and all do a fine job whether playing as a tight unit or adding snippets of improvisational jamming.”

See the entire review at the Sea of Tranquility website by clicking here

February Brings Many Shows and Many Videos

If  you haven’t used this month as reason to fill up on Primordial Fusion and experience Neslort Live,  there are still a couple of  opportunities to make it  happen.   Check out our calendar for Neslort at the Hi-Ho, Shamrock and Rock n Bowl.

New Videos from early February 2011 shows at the Blue Nile Lounge and Satchmo’s Jazz Cafe at Loyola have been added to the site; Additional captures of band members solos are being added as well, to the individual bio pages as well as a dedicated page.

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

See Where Y’at Online for this Review


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

Mystical Scam CD Release Celebration: November 17th @ Blue Nile

CD Release Party Upcoming for Mystical Scam

Hey Ya’ll,

Click to Buy at Louisiana Music Factory!

We’re really excited to let you know that our “Mystical Scam” CD release celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17th at the Blue Nile Lounge at 532 Frenchmen St. in New Orleans. The show begins at 10:00 pm.  The CD features the alternative jazz sound of Neslort. It was recorded in July, mixed and mastered at Misha Kachkachisvili’s studio in Metairie La., Axis Studio.

Featured are Larry Sieberth on keys, Tim Robertson on Guitar, Matt Perrine on Bass, Boyanna Trayanova on drums and Kyle Cripps on Tenor and Soprano Sax. Needless to say, the band is slammin’!

Also, if you can’t make that date, we will be playing at the Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen St.) on Sunday, November 28th!

Please come out and be a part of the Neslort experience!

Look around this site for more info.   By the way, our store has now Primordial Infused Neslort T-shirts, Caps (and  soon stickers)!!  And you can get a sneak peak at the Enhanced CD portion of this release in our online video clips

Purchase and Download Mystical Scam at Threadhead Records Now

Wonga Winga!

PS…..You can purchase this album right now using links behind the images at right


Wow, I know its already Thursday, but I have a moment to reflect on this past weekend when I had the opportunity to hang with some “Threadheads.” Yea, the people who participate generously to support New Orleans music and New Orleans musicians. They do it because they like what we do here, and they like New Orleans. They gain nothing except satisfaction, new friends, and good times. It sure was great to meet the people that have helped produce our effort, “Mystical Scam.” It’s encouraging to see such a grassroots organization achieve great success!

Oh by the way, I forgot to mention….

“Mystical Scam” is now available everywhere! Drop what you are doing, and go buy a copy of it today. I can promise that you will feel better after listening to it!

It’s Coming….

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….

Neslort – The Unveiling

I believe I heard the best band in my life last night! I was so flattered when we were told it was too loud! Not by the listeners, but by the establishment! I’m giddy with pride. I think Boyanna gets the rock star award last night. Everyone played their asses off. If you haven’t heard the latest incarnation of neslort yet, you really need to. It is indeed, something to behold.

Wonga Winga!

Graças a Deus

It’s Sunday again, and I find myself rejoicing in the arrival of cooler weather here in New Orleans. I also find myself in similar moments of rejoicing uttering “Graças a Deus.” I learned to say this while I was in Brasil years ago, and now I find it a regular part of my vocabulary.

I have an aversion to the word “god.” It doesn’t sound godly at all to my ears. I imagine it hurts dog ears as well. After all, written backwards it does read “dog.” I see dogs as more “godly” than gods. Gods seem to get in the way of humanity where dogs aptly fit in and are essential parts to our being. I can’t remember a war that brought on by dogs. Conflicts, sure; but not all out wars. Just the word “god” is so un-poetic. If we all acted like dogs, the world would undoubtedly be a better place. Graças a Deus para caes.

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

This is the frequency

Do Not Adjust Yourself: The Frequency is Changing

New transmission arriving…

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