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Trey Wright: Where I'm Calling From

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Trey Wright is another talented musician to add to the must-hear Athens/Atlanta circle of Dromedary and Kenosha Kid. Blessed with a true gift of tuneful composition, Wright fills Where I'm Calling From with strong hooks that will stay with you for a long time. Furthermore, he knows how to arrange and build a track to tell a story, merging music and drama into a seductive mix that maintains a strong grip on your attention. With its mainstream accessibility and distinctive sound world, Wright's music is truly original.

His overall sound is a mix of folk music drone, mixolydian modal tunes that flirt between major and minor, and light, Latin-swaying tunes, all played with a jazz ethos, meaning that there is a palpable freeness. In tension with this freedom, the arrangements often eschew the "jazz solo" in exchange for an overall group sound that reflects the Oregon countryside which inspired them.

The main group is a trio of the guitarist/leader, bassist Scott Smith and drummer Marlon Patton, who manage to create a sonic envelope that feels much bigger than what a trio could create. Spicing up the sound are guest appearances by tenor saxophonist E. J. Hughes, alto saxophonist Mace Hubbard, trombonist Kevin Hyde and bassist Carl Lindberg (on djembe).

There must be something in the water in Georgia, because the three groups mentioned above share a main characteristic, while sounding quite different: technicality takes a back seat to musical and emotive expression. At the same time, there is the unmistakable feeling that any one of the band members could just rip off a line at any time. The lack of a sense of control permeating their music is most definitely a reason it is so attractive.

Complexity and energy can be attractive in their own right, and the energy range of Where I'm Calling From is relatively narrow. Perhaps sensing this, Wright throws in "Garlic and Greens," which, as a straight, swinging blues, might sound quite out of place, except that there is a country & western undertone to it all.

Overall, though, Wright and his band have created an attractive release. By the time it's over, you just might hit that play button again.

Track Listing: You Should Know By Now; Muse; Control; Reflections; In The Open; River Man; Capoed; The Snakes In Your Head; Garlic and Greens; Departure; Drake.

Personnel: Trey Wright: acoustic and electric guitar; Marlon Patton: drums; Scott Smith: upright bass; E. J. Hughes: tenor saxophone; Mace Hubbard: alto saxophone; Kevin Hyde: trombone; Carl Lindberg: djembe.

Title: Where I'm Calling From | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Namaste Records


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