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Raw Materials: Overneath

Read "Overneath" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Let's just say I'm not buying it. The liner notes to Raw Materials by the collective Overneath claim, that except for one piece, all the music on the recording was spontaneously improvised. Can't be, the music is too uncluttered. This quintet is a combination of longtime Northwest collaborators , Dave Leslie, Mike Curtis, and Dave Storrs, and a couple of new voices, Chris Johnedis and Hezekiah. Each musician performs with varying instruments, and all take up various percussion ...

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Thomas, Storrs & Sarpolas: Time Share

Read "Time Share" reviewed by Jim Santella


Spontaneity is what gives jazz its unique voice. This jam session from three veterans (and one younger artist) results in a lovely program where melody works in confluence with harmony and rhythm, in spite of the improvisational nature of the work. With this acoustic and fresh project, the quartet shares its appreciation for shared musical beauty.

Rob Thomas' violin and Dick Sarpola's acoustic bass mesh together, delivering lyrical qualities as if from a lullaby. They share their adventures ...

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Album Review

Rich Halley Trio: Mountains And Plains

Read "Mountains And Plains" reviewed by John Kelman


Over the years, Oregon-based saxophonist Rich Halley has travelled in the same musical circles as intrepid woodwind multi-instrumentalist and Left Coast guru Vinny Golia. And while he's even released a couple of albums on Golia's Nine Winds label with Golia in tow as performer and/or producer, Halley's recent recorded output on Louie Records has focused exclusively on his working trio featuring bassist Clyde Reed and drummer Dave Storrs. Mountains and Plains is the trio's fourth release, documenting not only the ...

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Album Review

House Band: Swingd

Read "Swingd" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The House Band plays a slippery sound--understated, often amorphous, full of spontaneouly fluid momentums, like sounds created by a gently-gusting breeze interacting with...Interacting with what? It's hard to pin down. Interludes with the two drummers suggest the appealing chaos of a windchime, a disorder that forms itself into subtle patterns and loose structures, guided by a higher force.That force on Swingd is the House Band, an ensemble formerly known as the House Band of the Universe--a ...

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Album Review

Rich Halley: Mountains And Plains

Read "Mountains And Plains" reviewed by Mark Corroto


This latest release comes from saxophonist Rich Halley's working trio. The term “working trio" denotes several things in jazz. First, it literally designates Halley, bassist Clyde Reed, and drummer Dave Storrs as a band you might catch live in their native Northwest. Second, it implies that the members of this trio share a common approach and musical language. Third, it suggests this will be a quality recording.

That designation is correct on all three counts.

Just ...

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Album Review

Rich Halley Trio: Mountains and Plains

Read "Mountains and Plains" reviewed by Jim Santella


With their creative ideas flowing naturally, these three musicians open the windows and doors to cast relaxed impressions. The intensity tucked inside their performance ensures, however, that no part of their program becomes too relaxed. A vibrant quality pervades the session, giving life blood throughout.

Saxophonist Rich Halley communicates with a whispered tone that moans softly like the wind one moment and roars violently like falling rocks the next. The key is spontaneity. He steers his trio through ...

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Album Review

House Band of the Universe: Cycle Two

Read "Cycle  Two" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Cycle Two is all “spontaneously composed," and you sit and listen to it and get the feeling these guys have somehow established a kind of musical conduit to the cosmos. Well, it is the House Band of the Universe. It's one of the more difficult, if not impossible, sounds to categorize. With a seeming suspension of time (oddly since there are two drummers involved) the music drifts and wanders, taking what feels like a preordained path of least resistance. The ...


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