128

The Wee Trio: Ashes To Ashes - A David Bowie Intraspective

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "1984"

The Wee Trio: Ashes To Ashes - A David Bowie Intraspective Vibraphonist James Westfall participated with several New Orleans-based musicians to cover the music of pop icon David Bowie and took the concept further by using this premise for The Wee Trio's third album. The band projects youthful vigor along the lines of The Bad Plus and Medeski, Martin & Wood; firmly rooted in the jazz vernacular, the trio adheres to Bowie's famous melodies and song forms, all enacted with jazzy variations and plentiful doses of improvisation.

"1984" is a classic Bowie song, produced in 1974 on Diamond Dogs (Virgin, 1974), where Orwellian perspectives were fused into the pop-rock realm. Here, Westfall launches the piece with a circular motif and proceeds to sing the lyrics via his deft mallet work while maintaining the familiar hook. The trio explores various avenues, including a funk-rock groove with a regimented pace, yet extracts the pop overtones throughout.

At times succinct yet expansive in scope, the musicians' effectively use space amid a fluent attack, reinventing the core theme during the bridge. The trio alters the rhythmic flow, featuring drummer Jared Schonig's poetic, but hard-hitting solo, brimming with brisk hi-hat hits and polyrhythmic tom patterns, returning with a vengeance for the finale. Indeed, a hugely entertaining album encompassing an uncanny mix of Bowie's pop sensibilities with upbeat progressive jazz stylizations and adroitly executed dialogues.

Personnel: Dan Loomis: bass; James Westfall: vibraphone; Jared Schonig: drums.

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Bionic Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Metal Na Madeira" CD/LP/Track Review Metal Na Madeira
by Jim Trageser
Published: January 6, 2017
Read "Song of the Free Will" CD/LP/Track Review Song of the Free Will
by Dave Wayne
Published: November 16, 2016
Read "Akua's Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Infinitude" CD/LP/Track Review Infinitude
by John Kelman
Published: January 20, 2017
Read "ScratchBop" CD/LP/Track Review ScratchBop
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 28, 2017
Read "Perfectly Out Of Place" CD/LP/Track Review Perfectly Out Of Place
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 12, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!