Perry Mills Project Offers Positive Message
Perry Mills is bringing his band, the Perry Mills Project, to Miners Foundry tonight to open the [Robben Ford] show. Like its predecessor Objects in the Mirror, this band plays all-original genre-crossing music (jazz fusion to progressive rock) that emphasizes groove and movement, as well as vocals with a positive message.
Says Mills, “We’ve been very conscious of breathing more humanity into our music with this project…touch hearts…unlock some emotional response…We want th audience to leave the show feeling better, inspired and energized.”
The right music with the right message at the right time can be transforming for people, and guitarist Perry Mills has found his calling in bringing inspiration and emotion to people through his music. On Thursday, February 7, backed by his band, the artist will perform new high-energy, genre-crossing music at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, CA.
Mills and drummer Mark McCartney foundedObjects in the Mirror in 2002. With keyboardist Bob Villwock, that band has since become the Perry Mills Project. Like its predecessor, the band’s all-original music cuts a path that visits jazz fusion and progressive rock. The new sound emphasizes groove and movement, and vocals with a positive message, like this example from “Pick Up The Call”:
There’s just one cure in a world gone wrong /
We all need lovin’ /
If the cure for one / Is the cure for us all /
There’s an urgent message trying to reach you /
Excuse yourself and pick up the call.
“We’ve been very conscious of breathing more humanity into our music with this project,” said Mills. “We want to touch hearts with this music, to unlock some emotional response for people that they maybe haven’t yet found. At a live show, to connect in that way with the art and the audience is uplifting for everyone. That’s what the art is really all about. We want the audience to leave the show feeling better, inspired, and energized.”
The band will play an opening set at 8 p.m. to warm up the crowd for the headlining Robben Ford Trio Tickets are $30 at the door. For more information, please visit www.nevadacitymusicevents.com.
Improvise Music (Feb 2, 2008)
Press for Objects in the Mirror
When this Placer County jazz-fusion band gets it right–like on “Funkle,” which opens this album–it sounds like something you might have heard on a late-1970s solo album by one of the sidemen who backed Steely Dan: Larry Carlton, perhaps, or maybe Lee Ritenour. Guitarist Perry Mills has the kind of pinched metallic tone that made Carlton’s solos on such Dan staples as “Green Earrings” a delight, and the rest of the quintet has a good feel for what made the Dan’s weird, jazzy chord progressions work. The vocal numbers (“Getaway” and “What Do I Have to Do”) are the weakest point, as are instrumentals that sound like Michael Bolton power ballads with crying guitars (“Mister Sensitive,” for one). A more focused, audiophile production might sharpen things, too. Still, kinda interesting for 2004.
…the first annual Auburn JazzFest this Saturday at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, located at 1230 High Street in Auburn. The fest kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and features Ray Obiedo with Pete Escovedo, Frank Martin & Friends, Michael Manring, Grant Reeves, Carol J. Toca, Incendio, Lorraine Gervais and foothill-based smooth-jazz-fusion band Objects in the Mirror. The latter quintet has a new CD, Drive, which is closer to Open Fire-era Ronnie Montrose than, say, the Rippingtons. Admission at the gate is $55, with “gold” VIP seating priced at $75.
Man vs. music
Welcome to SN&R’s quarterly Local-CD Roundup. Many albums enter. One man leaves.
…Could it be? No! Fusion jazz! It was Objects in the Mirror’s Steely Dan-influenced new release, Drive. Even in his delirium, the man could recognize solid musicianship when he heard it. Perhaps it was not too late for him after all.
Objects in the Mirror had helped, but it was up to the next two CDs to fully restore him to sanity…