The Tone Sharks: Intention (2002)
The Sharks have morphed from a quintet (as on their first three recordings) into a sax/guitar/bass/drums quartet. They also switched guitarists to Tom McNalley. Intention, recorded in one session has the feel of Ornette Coleman’s electric harmolodic bands without all the superstar fanfare.
This group makes impromptu recordings sound like a well-rehearsed session band. After the opener, a getting-to-know-you slow drag, they launch into “The School” a military-timed Dave Brubeck-inspired ramble. The band's choice of two electric instruments (guitar and bass) and two acoustic instruments (drums and saxophone) balances the music nicely. Bassist Page Hundemer’s extended bonks and plucks respond to the drummer Dave Storrs' adventurous (use everything but the skins) approach to drumming. Likewise, saxophonist Tom Beregeron extends his instrument beyond notes to clucks and pops on “Bubbling Up,” conversing with the responsive trinkle tinkle of Tom McNalley’s guitar. All these techniques and ideas are skillfully incorporated into coherent groove-oriented songs.
Track Listing: First Intention; The School; Buoyancy; Bubbling Up; Flittering Sunfish; Lurking; Swimming Noses; Skates; Falling Morsels; Unchallenged; On Out.
Personnel: Tom Bergeron
Record Label: Louie Records
Style: Modern Jazz