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Something Colorful

by Daniel Glass Trio

The first solo recording by Royal Crown Revue drummer Daniel Glass, leading an inspired, swinging jazz trio of drums, vibes, and bass
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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2. We Three
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3. First Rain
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4. Gregory Is Here
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6. Sparkler
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Album Notes
This is the debut release from Daniel Glass, the well-known drummer for Royal Crown Revue (founding fathers of the retro-swing movement). In a prolific career spanning the last two decades, Daniel has also recorded and toured with Bette Midler, Gene Simmons, Al Viola, Mike Ness (Social Distortion), Barbara Morrison, Debbie Davies, Earnest Ranglin, Plas Johnson and Johnny Boyd (Indigo Swing), among others.

Daniel's passion for and scholarly interest in drum history - he's written three books and numerous articles on the subject - is clearly reflected in the respect he pays to the tradition. But neither is he a nostalgist. Indeed, the playing, the presentation, the interaction and the aggressiveness of 'Something Colorful' is thoroughly modern.

In addition to Daniel, the Trio consists of the amazing Eldad Tarmu (Vibes) and Tim Emmons (Bass). Tarmu has several acclaimed solo releases and Emmons is a top-notch studio musician in the Los Angeles area. Drums-Vibes-Bass is an unusual arrangement, and the Trio explores the form fully. What's most striking is that the music feels like it was constructed like a three-legged table - each musician must contribute equally or the whole thing will wobble or fall over. Next most striking is the energy, carefully captured in the recording (you are definitely in the room). For more info, please www.danielglass.com.

From Soundstage.com:

"There aren't many jazz-trio configurations that can still create a new listening experience. However, the Daniel Glass Trio, a vibes, bass, and drum ensemble, opens up aural vistas rarely heard by jazz lovers. This makes for a more mellow presentation, but one that is no less detailed or engaging. Glass leads from the drummer’s chair, and he and his cohorts, bassist Tim Emmons and vibist Eldad Tarmu, work together so well that they speak with a single voice, instead of three competing sounds.

Musically, the Daniel Glass Trio has the chops to play inspired music -- and they have the talent to write good songs, as well as perform music written by jazz greats such as Bud Powell, Kenny Dorham, and Horace Silver, among others.

The interplay between these three musicians is remarkable. They are so well matched that none of the them towers above the others. Listening to them reminded me of Archibald McNeal Willard's famous Revolutionary War painting, "The Spirit of 76," that shows a drummer, fife player, and flag bearer marching in lockstep: three individuals with one common goal.

The press release for Something Colorful stressed that sonic considerations were as paramount as artistic ones in the creation of Very Tall Music's CDs. It lives up to that promise; it's a beautiful recording. Glass’ drums are the real standouts here (as might be expected) -- the cymbals are splashy and the sound of the drumheads has a snappy, explosive energy. The source of the sound shifts as we follow him in his explorations of his entire kit. It’s easy to hear Tarmu's mallet head strike each individual bar on his vibes, followed by the reverberant shimmer as the sound develops in the recording venue's air. The bass might have been a tad richer-sounding, but both its detail and extension were first-rate. The sound's only shortcoming is that it's a studio recording, and it's far too easy to hear the differing recording booths used. I’d love to hear Very Tall record this group live to two-track -- now that would be something!

Something Colorful is a debut album to be proud of, both for the Daniel Glass Trio and Very Tall Music. The combination of an excellent musical program with superb sound bodes well for a bright future for both groups. Glass demonstrates a gift for finding, and exploiting, the best his fellow musicians have to offer, while still holding fast the reins of leadership -- a neat trick. I will be interested in hearing what will come next from both artist and label. As it stands, Something Colorful is a wonderful recording and a welcome addition to any audiophile jazz-lover’s library."



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