Tone Sharks: Intention (2002)
Intention by the Tone Sharks is the latest on Dave Storrs' Louie Records label. The sound is bracing, cool and clean and clear, as if the Sharks are schooling in the deep, dense, steel-blue waters and inexorable currents of the Pacific, not too many miles from Dave's garage.
Intentions is a very contained and disciplined effort from The Tone Sharks. The words "free jazz" and "spontaneous composition" can conjure images of untamed cacophonies, unsynchronized flailings, unpleasant clamor. But The Tone Sharks have evolved in the direction of collective consciousness, with a sound that is both tight and fluid at the same time. The compositions have a free feel and are a bit amorphous - reminiscent of Henry Threadgill's work - and are anchored by the Hundemer/Storrs rhythm section, with a crystalline alto sax/guitar sound weaving around them. No extended solos; a seamless ensemble sound, focused on subtlties and clean clear tones, with a remarkable unity and a Zen-like calm.
For more about Louie Records - and the nuts and bolts and travails of running a small independent label - there is an excellent Dave Storrs artist profile at Louie Records .
Track Listing: First Intention, The School, Buoyancy, Bubbling Up, Flittering Sunfish, Lurking, Swimming Noses, Skates, Falling Morsels, Unchallenged, On Out
Personnel: Tom Bergeron, alto sax; Tom McNalley, guitar; Page Hundemer, bass; Dave Storrs, drums
Record Label: Louie Records
Style: Modern Jazz