Code 3, a fusion trio from Los Angles, includes local veterans Jeff Miley on guitar, Doug Shreeve on bass, and Eric Wells on drums. Their self-titled debut CD also features guest Jeff Babko on keyboards.
Code 3 showcases a smooth, relaxed style of fusion in mid-tempo songs with developed heads and solo sections, mostly written by Miley. Clever melodies ring with a refreshing originality in timbre and phrase, and space within the grooves allows all four musicians to improvise not only individual solos, but also ideas within their rhythm parts. Code 3 was recorded live in a concert hall, an environment designed to inspire their top playing, and the best version of each song was selected from two or three takes.
In this current age of numerous independent fusion bands, and numerous guitar-centered, instrumental bands claiming to play fusion, Code 3 stands out from the pack with clear jazz roots and a pure vibe that displays influences without copying anyone else's style. Their cozy groove on Code 3 recalls modern and traditional takes on jazz-fusion, combined with an original voice.
(1999) Code 3
(2004) Lift Off
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