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      Pick of the Week Brian Baggett Band - Lawrence, Kansas
The Web - CD review
By Patrick Ferris

Brian Baggett is a 27-year-old solo artist from Lawrence, Kansas. Coming from a background heavily influenced by jazz, Baggett has already performed with some of the world's top jazz musicians. His first solo effort The Web is a Rock Opera that spins the story of Dr. Awkward and his computer manifestation, Mr. E; a fictitious, but realistic portrayal of life in the computer age.

The task of weaving a story into a rock-opera is, in itself, a monumental task, and I found The Web interesting, captivating and musically well crafted. Integration of ambient sound bites with appropriate arrangements suited to the lyrics creates a multi-dimensional musical experience.

Much like Pink Floyd's The Wall or The Who's Tommy, The Web is a CD that needs to be listened to from beginning to end (preferably with headphones) to appreciate its full artistic scope.

The Brian Baggett Band, assembled from members of the Midwest's most accomplished ensembles, will begin performing The Web this winter. An animated film to correspond with the live performances is currently being developed.

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