Exposé Online banner

Admiral Ted Brinkley (semi-ret.) — Directs the Verrugoso Vista Junior Junior College Grads of '77
(Evander Music no#, 2005, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2006-05-01

Directs the Verrugoso Vista Junior Junior College Grads of '77 Cover art

Here’s something that came right in out of left field; the artist, title, liner notes and everything else about this disc appear to be some kind of prank – except for the music, that is. The nine musicians here (playing piano, drums, bass, saxes, clarinet, trombone, flute, guitar, etc.) all have ridiculous assumed names (Jeopardy Ed, Helena Handbasket, Convoy Denver, etc.) including “Brinkley” himself, who this writer believes is actually none other than Graham Connah (of Jettison Slinky), although I could be wrong. A visit to the website lists in the fine print participation of several Slinkies (Alex Candelaria, Ches Smith, Marty Wehner, and vocalist Nancy Clarke) as well as some other Bay Area noteworthies (Erik Pearson, Jewlia Eisenberg, Elaine DiFalco, Beth Custer). Musically we’re in busy, spirited jazz territory here, but it’s definitely the tightly composed ‘orchestral jazz’ side, with occasional hints of folk and avant-garde between the measures; the vocal parts may remind of Hatfield, National Health, or even some of Zappa’s works. But even given all that, there still seems to be plenty of room within the compositions for the musicians to stretch out, blow a solo, improvise, and even go ‘free’ from time to time. The eight tracks cover a lot of ground, but remain true to a central conceptual ideal, which is indeed one of the major strengths of this release. All taken, a real treat for the ears.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Elaine Di Falco, Admiral Ted Brinkley (Semi-Ret.), Jewlia Eisenberg

Latest news

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Step Ahead - Step Ahead – Step Ahead was one of France's best symphonic bands and this, their only release, was a quite a rarity, not only in availability but also in quality. In the early eighties, few bands kept the...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues