The Harry Bartlett Trio: WildwoodBy
This is a Canadian jazz trio. The music on Wildwood was written, by guitarist Bartlett, on Gambier Island, British Columbia., close to Vancouver. It is a place of rugged coasts, cold winter rains and isolation. The compositions reflect this. "Circle Of Moss And Fire Smoke" suggests the trio gathered around a fire ring at twilight, laying down laid-back lines inside a relaxed groove, and "Snowfall On Sword Ferns" has a Zen-like peacefulness in its spare elocution, and perhaps an appreciation of one of life's unique moments in observation of nature.
"The Incident At Blood Bay" sounds a bit ominous, with Bartlett's guitar inside a heartbeat rhythm, it closes out with some screaming guitar, "Queen Of Surrey" features sweet, deep, ringing tones from Bartlet's guitar. Bassist Caleb Klager and drummer Harry Vetro set up a complex and compelling backdrop.
The trio closes the set with "Lachesism," taking their sound into surreal territory with the help of Klager's contribution on a modular synthesizer, making the tune a dreamscape soundtrack. A perfect wrapup for a fine and engaging set of tunes.
Burgess Falls: Circle made Of Moss And Fire Smoke; Snowfall On Sword Ferns; The Incident At Blood Bay; Sailing Over Troubled Waters; Story Book Picture; Jellybean; Queen Of Surrey; Lachesism.
Harry Bartlett: guitar; Caleb Klager: bass; Harry Vetro: drums.
Caleb Klager: modular synrhesizer (2, 9).
Title: Wildwood | Year Released: 2022 | Record Label: Self Produced
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