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Album Review

Wally Schnalle: Idiot Fish

Read "Idiot Fish" reviewed by Tyran Grillo


For his ninth album as leader, and with over 40 years of experience at the kit, drummer-composer Wally Schnalle has pulled out all the stops. Working sound bytes into delicate infusions of soul, jazz, and electronica, Schnalle nourishes an integrated field of sound that at once evokes seventies nostalgia and progressive futurism. Toward achieving this effect, he employs the skills of a prodigious trio of West Coast musicians. Guitarist Hristo Vitchev, bassist Joe Constantini, and keyboardist Frank Martin make for ...

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Live Review

Wally Schnalle’s Debut at the Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay California

Read "Wally Schnalle’s Debut at the Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay California" reviewed by Bill Leikam


Wally Schnalle Quartet Douglas Beach House Half Moon Bay, California June 13, 2010 Wally Schnalle and his quartet made its debut at the Douglas Beach House and once underway, everyone in the house knew that a hard hitting jazz-fusion band had arrived. In an appearance celebrating the release of his newest album Out of the Pan (Retlaw, 2010) drummer Schnalle (who also composed, arranged and produced the CD) was joined by Jeff Massanari on ...

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Wally Schnalle: The Suit

Read "The Suit" reviewed by Stephen Latessa


"The Suit," drummer Wally Schnalle writes in the liner notes to his new album of the same name, “is simply a metaphor for a myriad of musical constraints such as: idiom, genre, common practice, expectations, bag, style, and convention. Each of these, and more, I find can impose severe limitations on creativity. And so the straight jacket (Suit) image. Seeking to avoid such restraints, Schnalle casts the net far and wide both compositionally and instrumentally on The Suit. Historic jazz ...

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Wally Schnalle: That Place

Read "That Place" reviewed by Joel Roberts


Drummer Wally Schnalle leads an impressive West Coast ensemble on an album of what could be called “post post-bop." More precisely, it's modern, exploratory jazz that still, generally, retains melody and recognizable form.Schnalle's 11 original compositions here range from hard funk to almost-free jazz. A few of the tunes put me in mind of the sorely missed Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet, thanks to soaring saxophone work from Charles McNeal and soulful, percussive piano from Jeff Pittson.All ...


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