The Four Bags: The Four Bags (2000)
This wildly eclectic CD is sprinkled with beautifully composed pieces. In many ways this a composer/arranger’s recording. The ensemble work is impressive; the solos are generally concise and their sense of humor is pervasive. Whenever the musicians do stretch out as in “Se Queen” the players prove to be as good as you imagined they would be if only they gave themselves the chance. With a rhythm section that intertwines among the accordion, the guitar, and the trombone, there is a lightness of touch that often highlights a dialog between two instruments. This is a high quality recording that presents the individual musicians to good advantage. At times I wished they’d make up their mind and decide to either do a totally comic recording or take themselves more seriously and do a straight jazz/classical focused CD. It sounds to me that The Four Bags are both funnier and better musicians/composers than they give themselves credit. This is an interesting recording, and who knows what these guys might do next.
Track Listing: Trevoga; K-Lounge; Good Vibrations; Distance; Family Vacation; Sketch; Here Today; Se Queen; The Quarry; Alabama Song; Interlude; and Banco Popular.
Personnel: The Four Bags are: Brian Drye, trombone; Tom Aldrich, accordion; Sean Moran, guitar; Mike McGinnis, saxophone & clarinet. On the only vocal track of the CD, guest vocalist Lainie Diamond sings
Record Label: Four Bags, The