"I'll just start to play something. You'll know this," chuckles bassist Don Thompson before introducing Alice In Wonderland," while guitarist Reg Schwager intently listens. Spontaneity, interaction, instrumental mastery, the blues and a seemingly unlimited repertoire of tunes all come to mind to the well-read jazz music fan. But, less known are the taxing sessions and late night gigs musicians mandatorily go through learning to create this music on a whim--moreover, looking debonair doing it. With chance, a deeper connection between musicians and receptive listeners is made out of the sonorous melee.This is exactly Canadian label Alma Records' gamble ...read more
One of the joys of listening to music is to come upon an album that crystallizes the essence of a song. Reg Schwager and Don Thompson bring that trait to a fulfillment that suffuses the soul with its warmth and elegant beauty. That they do so is not surprising. They have been working together for several years and entwine musically in quiet eloquence, living each moment, breathing new life into every one.
This album came about by chance. Thompson and Schwager play often in the comfortable confines of Mezzetta in Toronto. One night Thompson carried his tape ...read more