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Downbeat Magazine & Bradley Bambarger offers its take on "The Long Road"
translation from Dutch:
VRIJDAG 27 JANUARI 2017
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Jazz Trios consisting of a bassist, drummer and trombone are actually just as rare as forty years ago when BassDrumBone Connecticut was founded.
Without a chordal instrument The trio made a series of equally elusive as fresh-sounding jazz records, while Mark Helias (bass), Gerry Hemingway (drums) and Ray Anderson (trombone) also also several collaborations contracted.
For 2017, all calendars swept clean. This year the trio celebrate its anniversary with a great tour, hopefully this summer also will visit the Netherlands.
The Long Road, the double album which as an introduction to the end of last year appeared the festivities, in each case the most impressive business card.
The three are like on previous records completely equivalent to each other. Improvising they do it most preferably at the same time. Each playful poke (plaagstootjes) handing out and just playing the notes you do not expect.
A cheerful chaos, which the two guest musicians, saxophonist Joe Lovano and pianist Jason Moran, some appropriate liberal contributions to deliver. Clever how they have a place found in the music of this trio, forty years no intruders tolerated.
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"Four decades on and still going strong, this venerable group, comprised of established musicians who share aesthetic outlooks and common histories, is something of a rarity by contemporary standards. Richly varied, The Long Road is a winning testament to their creative longevity." Troy Collins November 2016 AllAboutJazz
"The fused nature of the three words is much more than a syntactical gimmick; it represents a true melding of ideas, often a molten mix of lyricism, spritely elegance and vociferous invention that showcases not only individual virtuosity but a truly meaningful coming together for change." Raul da Gama - JazzdeGama (Jan 4, 2017)
indeed, the group improvisation that introduces the 18-minute “The Line Up” shows the group indulging in the kind of extended listen-and-respond collective improvisation that they frequently eschew in the studio. All three musicians are masters of the kind of free improv that draws as much on contemporary classical music as it does on the blues, and they also stand apart by having the taste to vary the approach frequently and return to a compelling rhythmic foundation to counter the free-floating instrumental dialogue. . . . James Hale Soundstage Xperience! Jan 2017
Ein sehr erfreuliches Comeback einer der wenigen „Supergroups“ des Jazz.
A very gratifying comeback of one of the few "Supergroups" of jazz. (Christoph Haunschmid) FreiStil #70
six excerpts from the "The Long Road"
Excerpts from "The Long Road" BassDrumBone w/ guests Jason Moran and Joe Lovano (Auricle 16/17 - Release date November 15, 2016)
1. Oh Yeah (Ray Anderson) - BassDrumBone 1:29
2. Bunglelow (Mark Helias) - BassDrumBone w/ Jason Moran 1:23
3. Cherry Pickin (Gerry Hemingway) - BassDrumBone w/ Joe Lovano 2:50
4. The Line Up (Mark Helias) - BassDrumBone (live) 3:54
5. BluRay (Ray Anderson) - BassDrumBone w/ Joe Lovano 2:52
6. Different Cities (Gerry Hemingway) BassDrumBone 2:36
The Cover for the double CD
an image from the inside cover
For writers about the CD: pertinent CD information
Track Listing: CD1: Oh Yeah (Anderson); Bungle Low (Helias); BluRay (Anderson); Kemp (Hemingway); Why Not? (Anderson); Quompot (Helias); Tone L (Hemingway); At Another Time (Hemingway). CD 2: Bluish (Helias); Different Cities (Hemingway); Cherry Pickin (Hemingway); The Line Up (Helias); Lands’ End (Helias).
Personnel: Mark Helias: bass; Gerry Hemingway: drums; Ray Anderson: trombone; Jason Moran: piano (CD 1, tracks 2, 5 ,7); Joe Lovano: tenor saxophone (CD1, track 3, CD 2 tracks 1, 3).
Release Date November 15,2016 | Record Label: Auricle Records (http://www.gerryhemingway.com/auricle.html)