Oscar Noriega: Luciano's Dream (2000)
There’s no bassist in this Play Party, although Shepik fulfills a bass-like role on several tracks, at times using an octave pedal to access lower registers. The guitarist, well-versed in non-Western music, brings a particular acumen to the Balkan-inspired "7 of 9." Tom Rainey, who plays drums in Shepik’s own trio, also approaches Noriega’s music with an intuitive expertise. Cuong Vu, a bold new presence on the creative music scene, contributes his identifiable trumpet sound, at times using his breath to achieve a radical white-noise effect.
Track Listing: 1. Funky Number 2. 7 of 9 3. The Z 4. Back to Back 5. Skimcoat 6. Luciano
Personnel: Oscar Noriega, bass clarinet, alto saxophone; Cuong Vu, trumpet; Brad Shepik, guitar; Tom Rainey, drums
Record Label: OmniTone
Style: Modern Jazz