All About Jazz

Home » Tag Center » Tag: Bionic Records

Content by tag "Bionic Records"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Wee Trio: Wee +3

Read "Wee +3" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Wee Trio delivered quite a bit of variety over the course of its first four albums. The first two--Capitol Diner, Vol. I (Bionic Records, 2008) and Capitol Diner, Vol. II: Animal Style (Bionic Records, 2010)--established the musical ground and syntax that are part and parcel of this three-way partnership; Ashes To Ashes: A David Bowie ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Wee Trio: Live at the Bistro

Read "Live at the Bistro" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

La bella copertina dell'ultimo CD del Wee Trio--in puro stile fumettistico pop art, alla Roy Lichtenstein, comprensivo di onomatopee--rappresenta i tre musicisti nell'atto di suonare. La musica poi è un'esperienza dinamica sfaccettata, in sintonia con le possibili declinazioni di una società in continuo movimento.

L'accostamento tra pop art e Live at the Bistro -disco ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Wee Trio: Ashes To Ashes - A David Bowie Intraspective

Read "Ashes To Ashes - A David Bowie Intraspective" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Vibraphonist James Westfall participated with several New Orleans-based musicians to cover the music of pop icon David Bowie and took the concept further by using this premise for The Wee Trio's third album. The band projects youthful vigor along the lines of The Bad Plus and Medeski, Martin & Wood; firmly rooted in the jazz vernacular, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Wee Trio: Capitol Diner Vol. 2: Animal Style

Read "Capitol Diner Vol. 2: Animal Style" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Based loosely in New York, The Wee Trio's origins form a cross-section of the United States, with drummer Jared Schonig from Los Angeles, vibraphonist James Westfall living in New Orleans and bassist Dan Loomis hailing from St. Louis. Notwithstanding that there isn't an abundance of vibraphone-centered recordings such as Joe Locke's For the Love of You ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Wee Trio: Capitol Diner Vol. 1

Read "Capitol Diner Vol. 1" reviewed by Troy Collins

Jazz has a long history of up and coming musicians attempting to incorporate the popular music of their time into the standard repertoire. Some acts have made such ideology their calling card. For example, both the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Sex Mob regularly include contemporary pop songs in their set lists. As such, the cover ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Wee Trio: Capitol Diner Vol. 1

Read "Capitol Diner Vol. 1" reviewed by J Hunter

"Lightning in a bottle" is an excellent metaphor for The Wee Trio's Capitol Diner Vol. 1, given how the music crackles like high-tension wires in a rainstorm. But it's the level of electricity that is the surprise. On its face, TWT's instrumental makeup--vibes with a rhythm section--doesn't seem to lend itself to any kind of aggressive ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Westfall: Independent

Read "Independent" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Given the vast amount of new releases these days, much of recorded jazz turns out formulaic. While following in the footsteps of forerunners and standards of the past, many musicians are hard pressed to create their own identities. But younger players like vibraphonist James Westfall exhibit potential in conveying their own ideas.

An ...