Plunge is a drummer-less trio, featuring leader/trombonist Mark McGrain teamed with bassist James Singleton. The "no drums" approach allows flexibility in the music's time element, and a fluidity of the flow of notes, while horns and bass make room for space as a major component of the sound.
The slippery tango of the title track to Plunge's third CD, Tin Fish Tango
, opens the disc, featuring brief, concise soloing, entwined with jaunty bass lines. McGrain and saxophonist Tim Green
slip in and out and around each other, giving the tune a mood of New Orleans, the city where the disc was recorded, and where the involved musicians reside. The Crescent City feeling is more prominent yet on "Huff-A-Round" and "Big Bhang Theory," two tunes featuring Dirty Dozen Brass Band
sousaphonist Kirk Joseph.
This set of McGrain originals includes moments of whimsical grit ("The Kroop"), funk-filled interludes ("Huff-A-round"), loose-limbed trio improvisation ("Lost to the Vapors," "No Spill, Spew!" and Pelican Down") and a dangerous-sounding stop-time blues ("The Kroop"). The disc closes out with "Diddlin,'" a prowling cool cat groove, with saxophonist Tom Fitzpatrick swaggering out front, leading into the heavy testosterone of McGrain's beefy 'bone blowing.
Taken as a whole, Plunge's music has a funky, let-the-good-times-roll atmosphere, calling to mind the French Quarter and the street musicians in action there. Killer sounds from down 'Nawlin's way.
Track Listing: Tin Fish Tango; Bright Side; Huff-A-Round; No Spill, Spew!; Stollin' With Sidney; Life Lite; Big Bhang Theory; Pelican Down; The Kroop; Love's Wildest Talent; Jugs; Lost to the Vapors; Diddlin.'
Personnel: Mark McGrain: trombone; James Singleton: bass; Tim Green: saxophone (1, 2, 4, 8, 10-12); Tom Fitzpatrick: saxophone: (3, 5-7, 9, 13); Kirk Joseph: sousaphone (3, 8).
Year Released: 2011
| Record Label: Immersion Records & Media