Published since 2005
Donald Elfman is a survivor of the jazz record industry.
Swingd plays like a standard piano-bass-drums recording but once you're in the format the band and the writing start to veer off in playfully odd directions without ever losing the familiar textures. The perfectly named opener "Familiar has the feel of McCoy Tyner (or even the Coltrane sound without Coltrane) but over its 12 minutes the tune sways and dips and becomes somehow unfamiliar. Pianist Mark Bjorklund richly paints places in which he can improvise both on his own and as a lovely complement to the other players. Storrs has another drummer here - Mike Klobas - and the two make a sonic and rhythmic bass that truly lifts the compositions to a different plane.
Storrs and old friend violinist Rob Thomas create a true group jam setting on Time Share as they join with the brothers Sarpola - Dick on bass and George on percussion - for five extended group compositions/ improvisations. "It's Not Always Pretty as the first tune suggests, but the adventure and the true spirit of the group rein in some of the excesses and anarchy that this kind of playing might engender. These men are listening to each other and though the playing tends towards the outside, the players forge their own new structures to shape every tune. Storrs says in the notes, "...we went out to the studio and played for a few hours and in the title tune and all of the long tracks, you get just that sensefour simpatico players sharing a music making experience in which the time is never lost.
Tracks and Personnel
Tracks: Piece 1; Piece 2; Piece 3.
Personnel: Dave Storrs: drums; Mark Bjorklund: piano; Mike Klobas: drums; Page Hundemer: bass.
Personnel: Dave Storrs: drums; Rob Thomas: violin; Dick Sarpola: bass; George Sarpola: percussion.
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