Count Basie. Charlie Parker. Duke Ellington. Miles Davis. All were legends of the early jazz scene. Without these greats there would be no modern jazz. Hell, there would probably be no music whatsoever. Akron native Ralph Carney, who know resides in San Francisco, has paid attention quite well and really knows how to fill out a record with his latest group Serious Jass Project. On their latest record, Seriously, Carney has crafted an album that would make the greats of the jazz world blush. As the founding member of Tin Huey and uncle of The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, the talented multi-instrumentalist has work closely with some extraordinary artists over his career in the scene. Though he is most known for his association with the gifted Tom Waits, the list of musicians Carney has worked closely with over the years is impressive to say the least. B-52s, Elvis Costello, Jonathan Richman, Les Claypool and Medeski Martin & Wood are among those fortunate enough to benefit from his presence. While the entire record is worth a listen or twelve, tracks such as “Gypsy Without a Song” (an old Duke Ellington tune) and “Echoes of Chloe” (a Carney original) are worth the price of the record alone. If you are in the mood for a change of scenery from all the pompous and repetitive noise coming from your stereo as of late, take listen to the latest from Ralph Carney and transport yourself to a whole new world of sound.