The Buffalo music
scene has a deep and rich talent pool deserving of recognition. High on
this list is singer/songwriter Aerin Tedesco. Raised just outside Buffalo,
her talents have been recognized for a long time by local musicians and
critics as one of our very best.
her fourth CD titled, “Angels and Allegories,” Tedesco and her band deliver
11 songs of rich harmonies, great melodies and unsurpassed musicianship.
This is her first recording with her band Gabriel’s Cage which consists
of Mike Schenkel (electric guitars), Dave Rosenburg (bass) Eric Christ
(drums & percussion) and Tedesco on vocals and antique tenor guitar.
Also helping out on this CD are Kathy Moriarty, Brett Burnsworth and Jennifer
Guillon on vocals. Tim Baldwin also handles some of the guitar chores.
Special mention must be made of the crew at Ear Candy Audio in Buffalo.
John Caruso (who has worked with such locals as Gretchen Schulz, Ani Difranco
and Alison Pipetone) Marc Hunt (of Goo Goo Dolls fame) and Greg Kusiak
for the great sound.
starts off with the track “Colorblind” as Tedesco begins with some acoustic
strumming as the band soon joins in adding a fullness to compliment her
voice. This is evident throughout the CD as Tedesco’s beautiful vocals
are wrapped around harmonies and bass or guitar lines that dance in and
constant that I must note is the incredible sound and playing of Dave Rosenburg
on bass. His intricate playing caught my ear on almost every track and
is a big reason why I liked this CD so much. While most of the songs are
very good, some of the stand-out tracks include “Alison,” her ode to local
artist and another great Buffalo musician , Alison Pipetone, “Fighting
Song,” which shows a spit of fire from Tedesco as she refuses to compromise.
My favorite track off the CD is “Fire Escape.” Tedesco plays her guitar
in a clipped type of fashion and has it sounding like a ukulele or mandolin.
She uses the term fire escape as a metaphor for a way to get away from
it all. The CD ends with the track “Mood Swing,” another fine track showcasing
Tedesco’s songwriting and guitar playing.
All of Tedesco’s CDs are available at New World Records on Elmwood Avenue
in Buffalo or through her Web site www.pce.net/mischenk