*NEW PROJECT* – Activator TrioPosted: March 19, 2019
Activator Trio is the brainchild of Brooklyn, NY-based guitarist and composer Ben Tyree. Formed in 2018 as an extension of his critically-acclaimed BT3, the project features fellow Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber alums – Leon Gruenbaum (keyboards, Samchillian Tip Tip Tip CheeePeeeee) and Chris Eddleton (drums). The group debuted last Summer at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT showcasing their invigorating take on what Tyree calls “Psych Rock/Jazz Funk.” Activator Trio are preparing to record a full-length studio album in 2019 to be produced by Vernon Reid of Living Colour.
“Ben Tyree has an uncanny knack for blending unhinged Sonny Sharrock-esque skronking with precision fuzoid speed-picking and boppish chops abandon with his exhilarating Activator Trio. Add in the swirling psychedelia of his take on the Beatles’ trippiest tune, ‘Tomorrow Never Knows,’ and his soulful, Hendrix-flavored
‘Shapeshifter’ and you have a multi-faceted Strat strangler who ranks atop the heap of today’s post-Frisellian genre-defying guitar players.”
- Bill Milkowski (Freelance music writer for Down Beat, Jazziz, Absolute Sound, et al)
“With instrumentation echoing Tony Williams Lifetime, bandleader and guitar virtuoso Ben Tyree provokes a kaleidoscopic and alchemical blend of improvisational fury and intricately composed blueprints which platforms his trio’s chops, bravura and ingenuity. The bass-less lineup also includes keyboard wizard Leon Gruenbaum and longtall drum maestro Chris Eddleton.”
- Greg Tate (co-founder, Black Rock Coalition and Village Voice Music Critic/Journalist 1987-2005)