Black Sun Ensemble Bolt of Apollo
licensed to Camera Obscura Records (2006) songs - The Shining One, Heart of the Master, Parfedia's Nest, The Mecurial Incense of Melquiades, Scarlet Woman, Long Days Journey Into Tonight, King of the Locusts, Baphomet's Curse, Audio Valencia, St. Cecilia Jesus Acedo - electric and sitar guitars; Eric Johnson - bass, guitars, Moog, Golden Deer, vocals, percussion; Brian Maloney - tenor saxophone, sitar, belzuki; Ernie Mendoza - drums; Otto Terrorist - drums; John Paul Marchand - percussion; John Axtell - violin; Bobby Hepworth - electric piano; Duncan Hudson - harp; Rich Hopkins - guitars SlowBurn Records is proud to celebrate Black Sun Ensemble's 20th anniversary with the release of their 11th studio release, Bolt of Apollo. An instrumental album, Bolt of Apollo effectively fuses the sun-baked, raga-esque qualities of the Ensemble with other influences ranging from British Invasion, progressive rock and ambient music. As always, the common thread is the electrifying guitar work of Jesus Acedo. Recorded and mixed at SlowBurn studios, Black Sun Ensemble takes another giant step forward with this engaging recording. Members of Tucson's Sun Zoom Spark return with guitarist/honcho Jesus Angel del Paz (a.k.a. BSE founder Jesus Acedo) to follow up 2003's Starlight CD, licensed to Camera Obscura Records. In addtion to the returning line-up , Bolt of Apollo features power-house drummer Ernie Mendoza and some guitarwork by former Sidewinder's guitarist, Rich Hopkins, in addition to several other guest artists. The material presented in Bolt of Apollo is extraordinary. From the middle-eastern meditations of "The Shining One" and "The Mecurial Incense of Melquiades" to the progressive explosiveness of "Heart of the Master" and "Scarlet Woman," to the ethnic-rock fusion of "St. Cecila," Bolt of Apollo showcases firey performances from the Ensemble while, as always, featuring the mind-blowing fret work by guitar wizard Acedo. This synthesis of styles led one writer for the Austin Chronicle to describe Black Sun Ensemble as "...absolutely, amazingly, singular in the world of rock music." Bolt of Apollo is also an enhanced CD with a video encoded onto each disc to be played in any PC or Macintosh computer. The video for "Jewel of the Seven Stars," was directed by former Cesare's Dog vocalist Jonathan Levitt and shot on location in Beijing China. Bolt of Apollo's layout was created by Chicago artist Benjamin Johnston. The layout tells the story of the Daphne who is kidnapped by the trickster Baphomet. The sun-god Apollo hears her cries for help and vanquishes Baphomet with an arrow, the Bolt of Apollo. Before Baphomet dies, he curses Apollo with an eclipse - turning the sun black! The layout also features poetry by Acedo to accompany each track of the album.