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Whirlpool with Ron Miles: Dancing on the Inside

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Venerable cornetist Ron Miles sat in with the core bass-less trio, Whirlpool during a 2013 live performance at a music venue in the hornist's hometown, Denver CO in 2013. As the story goes, this union resulted in synergistic output, leading to Dancing on the Inside. Guitarist Jeff Swanson advises that the “The music was written specifically with Ron's unique musical voice in mind for this expanded quartet version..." Miles' resounding, lyrically charged extended notes; gruff accents and melodically ...


Whirlpool: This World and One More

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The collaborative Chicagoan trio Whirlpool aims to eliminate the boundaries between composition and improvisation. Its musicians--alto saxophonist Caroline Davis, also a vocalist who performs world music, hip-hop and folk-Americana; drummer Charles Rumback, a member of Colorist and collaborator of cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and guitarist Jeff Swanson- -are versatile musicians, leaders of their own outfits. The nine pieces on the trio's debut recording feature clear and constant emphasis on form and a strong melodic core as the ...

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