Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
244

The Treehouse Project: The Treehouse Project

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count Views
The Treehouse Project: The Treehouse Project Chicago, Illinois-based, The Treehouse Project aims to meld disparate musical forms and methodologies into jazz-based themes and rhythms while instituting somewhat of a grassroots approach.

On their debut and independently produced recording, the quartet performs with a slight edge featuring Dave McDonnell's funk/rock saxophone lines, Matt Thompson's pumping bass and George Kalantzis' well-constructed jazz/rock guitar soloing on the opening track titled, "Ground Run". With this piece, the musicians establish their respective goods in the customary—let's introduce the band—fashion. Throughout, McDonnell toggles between soprano and C melody saxophones yet it's his performances on C Melody sax that provides a mark of distinction whereas drummer Michael Reed should be commended for his chameleon-like persona behind the kit as the band works through a hodgepodge of angles and motifs.

Compositions such as "The Brick" and "Eulogy" are brimming with swing/free-bop motifs, Kalantzis' fancy fretwork and Thompson's fluid walking bass lines along with the occasional nod to Ornette Coleman style harmolodics, namely on "Eulogy". "Blue Without You" is a rather harmless and altogether affable country ballad as Kalantzis' strums tender lines on his acoustic while "Piqua City Limits" creeps up on you with it's laid back and organic feel, featuring electric slide guitar and appeasing melodies. Here, the musician's sound as though they were performing in an old barn tucked away in the deep woods as the lucid imagery shines with stark realism.

Overall, the musicians effectively merge American roots-music with familiar jazz ideologies and frameworks while maintaining a relatively unique group sound, which makes for a strong and noticeably refreshing repertoire. Fans of Charlie Hunter, and rock-solid groove orientated music may want to take notice here as The Treehouse Project exhibits similar aspirations while expounding upon traditionalism with thoughtfulness and conviction!


Track Listing: 1. Ground Run 2. Krista 3. Super 8 4. The Brick 5. Eulogy 6. Tornado Watch 7. Blue Without You 8. Piqua City Limits 9. Dear Mr. Locrius 10. Mission Accepted

Personnel:

Dave McDonnell; C Melody & Soprano Saxophones, Bicycle Bell: Matt Thompson; Acoustic & Electric Bass: George Kalantzis; Electric & Acoustic Guitar: Michael Reed; Drums.

Check out the ?Trees For Life? website at: www.treesforlife.org

Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: 482 Music


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
Read more articles
A New Kind of Dance
A New Kind of Dance
482 Music
2016
buy
A New Kind Of Dance
A New Kind Of Dance
482 Music
2015
buy
Clean on the Corner
Clean on the Corner
482 Music
2012
buy
Stories and Negotiations
Stories and...
482 Music
2010
buy
About Us
About Us
482 Music
2009
buy
Last Year's Ghost
Last Year's Ghost
482 Music
2007
buy
Andrew Hill Andrew Hill
piano
Paul Bley Paul Bley
piano
Steve Lacy Steve Lacy
sax, soprano
Herb Robertson Herb Robertson
trumpet
Ken Vandermark Ken Vandermark
saxophone
Roswell Rudd Roswell Rudd
trombone
Ari Brown Ari Brown
sax, tenor

Mike Reed Events

Date Event Time Tickets
Sep11Sun Tomeka Reid Trio
Vortex Jazz Club
London, UK
19:00
£10.00

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.