The Interludes, Featuring Ryan Madora: The Lizard

Earlier this year, Nashville bassist and No Treble contributor Ryan Madora released the self-titled debut with her new group, The Interludes. Inspired by the great rhythm sections from Stax, Motown and Muscle Shoals, the band’s vibe throws back to the instrumental stylings of Booker T. and the MG’s while bringing a modern touch of Medeski, Martin, and Wood.

“I’m really proud of this record,” Madora shares. “There’s nothing like the collaborative force of three players in a room together, bouncing ideas off one another, and giving each other space to improvise.”

Here’s a clip of the trio grooving on “The Lizard”, a tune named after an incident during the album’s recording. “As we gathered in the rehearsal room, we spotted a lizard running across the floor,” Madora explains. “It hid somewhere behind the keyboard rig and the drum set, but we managed to find it and release it outside. We all laughed about it for awhile and figured it would be good inspiration for a song.”

The bassist lays down a solid foundation to set the atmosphere before digging into unison lines and a tasty solo.

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  1. Bob DeRosa

    Very nice, melodic, grooving, and pleasant to listen to. Maybe not groundbreaking, but it’s really tough to break new ground these days. Really liked Ryan’s playing throughout. Great job!

  2. MikeyOnBass

    Ha Ha… Pretty cool. Nice bass solo & loving your tone! Well done.

  3. Very groovy, Ryan! Totally enjoyed it.

  4. Anyone know the bass brand? Is it me or does it sound incredibely balanced?

  5. mojobass

    Hey Ryan…Just love that groove…and the vibe ! New cd is terrific??

  6. Wally Messer

    bass manufacturer? flat wounds?

  7. I listen to this album nearly every day. Great video to go with the tune. Congrats on making No Treble’s “Top 10”.

  8. Rodney Spiers

    Awesome stuff Ryan!!

  9. and to think it all started in Phila, at the Rusty Nail and Warmdaddy’s…you go girl…