“Last Horizon” features Jazz, World and Fusion musicians including Brent Mason (Nashville top session guitar player of the last 30 years), up-and-coming Jazz organist Kendall “Keys” Carter (NYC guitarist Dave Stryker), Michael Hyman (former drummer with Jazz legend Joe Henderson) and Brent Mason (Nashville top session guitar player of the last 30 years) and Tommy Poole (director of Jazz Studies, Oklahoma State University) and Brandon Scott Coleman (Fusion guitarist and composer in Cincinnati, Ohio).
The debut album by American bassist and composer Lee Puckett. “Last Horizon” features Lee’s diverse compositional blend of Jazz Fusion, Funk and ambient Progressive Rock. Having been influenced by fretless masters such as Jaco Pastorius, Gary Willis and Alain Caron Lee's fretless bass features prominently throughout the album including the mysterious phrases of “Vulture Culture” and “Last Horizon,” the pensive vocal-like melody of “Dulces Sueños” and the bebop funk solo of “September Sun.” Compositionally this collection is a veritable Kentucky Burgoo of modern rhythmic structures, angular harmony, eastern-influenced melodies, full-out funk, acoustic ambience and swinging Bebop. “Freakin’ Blues” features the fretless bass in a setting that is quite rare, where acoustic blues meets filter-laden fretless improvisation. “Brain Tweezer” presents odd-time meter madness and a frenetic melody followed by a blistering Willis-inspired solo. “Horsefly Holler” offers a taste of Kentucky with its Dixie Dregs inspired sound and style and features a hot chicken pickin’ solo by acclaimed Nashville guitarist Brent Mason.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Lee grew up listening to a blend of Jazz, Rock and Funk including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, James Brown, Tower of Power, Prince, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson and Pink Floyd. After hearing Jaco Pastorius his sophomore year of college Lee quickly converted from guitar to bass and attended Musicians Institute where he studied with BIT head-of-department Alexis Sklarevski (author of "The Slap Bass Program), Gary Willis and Jeff Berlin. However a 2-year stint playing in Jazz bands and show productions aboard Princess Cruise lines was the "real school" for Lee as the position placed considerable demands on sight-reading, improvisation and stylistic versatility. Lee has maintained a busy schedule as a composer, sideman and educator in Cincinnati, Louisville and Nashville for the past 20 years.
Available as a digital download or as a CD from Bandcamp: https://leepuckett.bandcamp.com/releases