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Gypsy Schaeffer, the foursome made up by Joel Yennior (trombone), Andy Voelker (saxophones), Chris Punis (drums) and Jef Charland (bass) calls its third CD quite simply New Album. That's a truism, as is the fact that it continues to make music that is fun and enjoyable.
The writing, ascribed to the group collectively, as well as to Yennior and Voelker individually, moves from swing to open-ended improvisation, the band demonstrating its ability to sit comfortably in all the situations.
The opening "New Egypt" has the dynamics plumbed by Voelker and Yennior through crisscrossing lines; having established the angular, they settle down nicely into blithe swing. The happy mood is also found in the romping march beat of "Grape Soda and Pretzels." Voelker gives the tune a darker edge as he curls the melody with abrasive lines; but even as he does this, he makes sure that the melody is not clouded. Charland zips in and bounces on the bass before Yennior closes it out with studied lines that once more pay homage to the melody.
Mood and a change of pace mark the "Call to Arms"; here the power of invention is galvanized into a new trajectory, the path decided on the go. It's an enlightening exposure as they work with an ear for development, listening to one another and mining rich lore.
A turn for the blues comes on "Double Quartet," with the trombone crying out and the drums splashing dollops of color. It's a forlorn sounding tune with the brass upfront and lonely, while the rhythm section adds an uppity pulse. The twain does meet, and it is at the crossroads of earthy interpolation.
Gypsy Schaeffer keeps on ticking with another expansive set.
Track Listing: New Egypt; Live a Little; Black Friday; Standard Candies; Grape Soda and Pretzels; The Greater Good; Welcome Edison; Double Quartet; Shark Tank; Exuberant Irrationalism; Ground Swell; Call to Arms; Identity Crisis.
Personnel: Andy Voelker: saxophones; Joel Yennior: trombone; Jef Charland: bass; Chris Punis: drums.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com