Louie Records: swingd and time share


Sign in to view read count

House Band

time share

The brightest development in jazz and new music in the United States— and throughout the world—is the regular emergence of players and recording labels who are not bound by notions of commerce and mass appeal, but rather reflect the fact that the music continues to attract people who find new things to do with it.

Louie Records from Oregon has showcased thoughtful players from the Northwest who, as on these recordings, have taken standard formats and rethought them. Drummer Dave Storrs (he also plays keys) is the common thread on both of these quartet recordings and he is also the founder of the label. Both recordings are from 2005 and both beautifully complement the expanding catalogue of the label.

Swingd plays like a standard piano-bass-drums recording but once you're in the format the band and the writing start to veer off in playfully odd directions without ever losing the familiar textures. The perfectly named opener "Familiar has the feel of McCoy Tyner (or even the Coltrane sound without Coltrane) but over its 12 minutes the tune sways and dips and becomes somehow unfamiliar. Pianist Mark Bjorklund richly paints places in which he can improvise both on his own and as a lovely complement to the other players. Storrs has another drummer here - Mike Klobas - and the two make a sonic and rhythmic bass that truly lifts the compositions to a different plane.

Storrs and old friend violinist Rob Thomas create a true group jam setting on Time Share as they join with the brothers Sarpola - Dick on bass and George on percussion - for five extended group compositions/ improvisations. "It's Not Always Pretty as the first tune suggests, but the adventure and the true spirit of the group rein in some of the excesses and anarchy that this kind of playing might engender. These men are listening to each other and though the playing tends towards the outside, the players forge their own new structures to shape every tune. Storrs says in the notes, "...we went out to the studio and played for a few hours and in the title tune and all of the long tracks, you get just that sense—four simpatico players sharing a music making experience in which the time is never lost.

Tracks and Personnel


Tracks: Piece 1; Piece 2; Piece 3.

Personnel: Dave Storrs: drums; Mark Bjorklund: piano; Mike Klobas: drums; Page Hundemer: bass.

Time Share


Personnel: Dave Storrs: drums; Rob Thomas: violin; Dick Sarpola: bass; George Sarpola: percussion.


comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Guitars on Three Continents Multiple Reviews Guitars on Three Continents
by Geno Thackara
Published: July 16, 2017
Read Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana Multiple Reviews Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana
by James Nadal
Published: July 12, 2017
Read Blues Deluxe 2 Multiple Reviews Blues Deluxe 2
by Doug Collette
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Two Sackville Gems: Abdullah Ibraihim's "Ancient Africa" and Oliver Lake and Joseph Bowie's "Live at A Space 1976" Multiple Reviews Two Sackville Gems: Abdullah Ibraihim's "Ancient...
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: June 2, 2017
Read "Paul G. Smyth: Weekertoft downloads" Multiple Reviews Paul G. Smyth: Weekertoft downloads
by John Eyles
Published: September 24, 2016
Read "Blue Side of Lonesome: Country Crooners on BGO" Multiple Reviews Blue Side of Lonesome: Country Crooners on BGO
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 23, 2016
Read "In Jazz We Trust: On The Politically Inspired Work Of Delfeayo Marsalis and Ted Nash" Multiple Reviews In Jazz We Trust: On The Politically Inspired Work Of...
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 2, 2016

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.