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The Faceless’ Evan Brewer Picks His Top Five Instrumental Albums

While you may know Evan Brewer (pictured above) as the bass player for progressive death-metal band The Faceless, he also has been making a name as a solo artist. His first solo album, 2011′s Alone, featured Brewer’s technical bass work on every track and fused metal, jazz, and progressive rock together. Now for his second album, Your Itinerary, the eponymous project has developed into a full band effort that includes ex-Animals As Leaders Navene Koperweis on drums. This summer he will also be touring with Last Chance to Reason.

Because of Brewer’s solo instrumental experimentation, Revolver asked Brewer to list his five favorite instrumental albums. “This seemed like it would be easy for me because I listen to a ton of instrumental music,” says Brewer. “When I began looking through my music, I realized that narrowing down a list to only five albums was going to be incredibly hard, so I just jumped on a few that came to mind.”

1. Charles Mingus, Let My Children Hear Music
“Charles Mingus is a legendary jazz bassist and composer. I love this album because he took all the things I love about jazz and went beyond the standard jazz formats. This is an incredible work from a composition standpoint, and he cited this as his best work.”

2. John Coltrane, Giant Steps
“John Coltrane has always been a huge inspiration to me and not just because we share the same birthday. Tales of Coltrane’s non-stop practicing and work ethic taught me that you have to strive for greatness to achieve greatness. This album helped blast jazz theory into the future while capturing a vibe that will move most any listener, musician or not.”

3. Bohren & der Club of Gore, Black Earth
“These guys have made some of the darkest, most horrifyingly grim music I’ve ever heard. That being said I also find great beauty in this stuff. The sounds are very deliberate and subtle. This in an incredible album to put on in headphones when you are in a quiet environment. If they had not released this on the Ipecac record label, I doubt I would have ever heard of them.”

4. Amon Tobin, Bricolage
“For an electronic artist to make a record that has this much jazz influence and such an organic feel is just odd to me. I feel like he made this album specifically for me to listen to. It fuses together so many elements of what I like. I really enjoy all his stuff but this is the one that really keeps me coming back for more after all these years.”

5.Thelonious Monk, Thelonious Alone in San Francisco
“Monk was an early jazz pioneer. He did a lot to push the boundaries of jazz. I have really always loved his playing and his songs. This is a live performance from 1959, and as the title would indicate it’s only him and a piano. The early jazz recordings aren’t the best, so it’s a real treat to be able to hear him loud and clear and really get a feel for the power of his playing. This album sort of helped inspire the title of my first solo album Alone.”

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