In recent times, Vancouver, Canada has produced a hotbed of jazz-centric talent, outlined by an improvisational superstructure of sorts. On New Dream, The October Trio conveys a resourceful melding of various musical inflections amid a great degree of flexibility and moxie, featuring a wily sequence of events where each member plays a significant role. The trio teeters on the outside, but not far enough to be classified within the free jazz schema. Here, multi-woodwind artist Evan Arntzen pursues rough-and-tumble crescendos with edgy metrics that complement the spacious thematic movements, designed with understated melodies, venomous rhythmic flurries, and an ...read more
Collaborations can be effective if all the participants are on the same wavelength. In this instance, Evan Arntzen (tenor saxophone), Josh Cole (acoustic bass), and Dan Gaucher (drums) were the first, when they formed The October Trio in 2004 after they met at a jazz program. Two years later they met Brad Turner (trumpet and flugelhorn) and a new relationship was forged. The Trio and Turner make for a strong and comfortable fellowship. Proof lies in Looks Like it's Going to Snow, their first CD together.
Cole is the main composer and he set about writing for the group in ...read more
Josh Cole, the bassist and primary composer for The October Trio, cites Wayne Shorter as one of his major inspirations and that influence is apparent throughout the Canadian trio's Looks Like It's Going To Snow, with guest trumpeter Brad Turner. There are strong references to Miles Davis' Shorter-heavy Miles Smiles (Columbia, 1966) and the saxophone legend's own Speak No Evil (Blue Note, 1964).
But the group's modernist sound doesn't altogether get stuck in the grip of mid-'60s post-bop--though, to be sure, there are worse places for a band to get stuck. The repetitious bass thumps and matching, minimalist drums that ...read more