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Framework - Chris Bates, Jay Epstein, Chris Olson

by Framework

Innovative guitar trio jazz with an emphasis on group interaction and soaring melodicism.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Cullor
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2. Yesterdays Past
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3. Giza
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4. Tipsy
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5. Valse Triste
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6. Techtonic
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7. Solid/Liquid
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8. Valse Quick
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10. Rutles
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11. Orion
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12. Camino de las Tropas
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Album Notes
“Three of the Twin Cities’ most creative musicians join forces for an exciting set of modern jazz!” - Andrea Canter, Jazz Police.

Christopher Olson has been active on the Twin Cities music scene for well over a decade, performing jazz, classical, rock, pop, and country music with dozens of local, and a few national, musicians. His album credits include the CD In The Meantime by the quartet, Maintime. A respected educator at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN and the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, WI, Chris has served on the resource team for the Minnesota chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators, and is a board member with the Minnesota Guitar Society. He has also been a featured performer and clinician at camps and festivals from Green Bay, Wisconsin to Cordoba, Argentina.

Chris Bates, with his brother, drummer JT, grew up with jazz, sons of trumpeter/bandleader Don Bates. Chris began bass lessons in 4th grade and progressed to jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before returning to the Twin Cities to study with Anthony Cox. A member of the original Motion Poets, Chris has focused more on composing (he was a 1999 McKnight Composer Fellow) and playing regularly with the Kelly Rossum Quartet, Low Blows, Red Planet, and How Birds Work in addition to Framework, and is often on the bandstand for local and visiting artists like Mose Allison. He’s also a busy performer during the annual Minnesota Sur Seine Festival.

Of trapset master Jay Epstein, Cadence Magazine’s David Lewis noted that “his dazzling cymbal and snare work extends the lineage of Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette.” He studied polyrhythmic concepts in Manhattan with Barry Altschul, the drummer in Chick Corea's Circle. He’s lived in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Miami, Minneapolis, and played in house bands for 5 years on several cruise ships for Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. His own CD "Long Ago" featuring Anthony Cox on bass & Bill Carrothers on piano, has garnered luminous reviews in the national press.He frequently tours Europe with Carrothers. Some of the notable artists he has performed with include Barney Kessel, Roseanna Vitro, Manfredo Fest, Sheila Jordan, Terry Gibbs, Gary Foster, Kim Richmond, Vinny Golia, JoAnne Brackeen, Ernie Watts, Karrin Allyson, Kenny Werner, Howard Levy, Toots Thielmans, Avashai Cohen, and Sarah Vaughan.



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Matthew Warnock – Allaboutjazz.com

Engaging modern jazz
Personnel: Chris Bates: bass; Jay Epstein: drums; Chris Olson: guitars
GoneJazz 0902 (2009)
By Matthew Warnock – Allaboutjazz.com

Framework is a well-written and engaging modern jazz album featuring the Minneapolis based trio of bassist Chris Bates, drummer Jay Epstein and guitarist Chris Olson. The tunes on the album are a collection of original compositions written by the members of the trio as well as two Wayne Shorter tunes and the scarcely performed, but definitely deserving more attention, "Camino de las Tropas" by Carlos Moscardini. Every tune is creatively arranged in a manner that allows each member of the trio to insert their own unique voice into the pieces, while still maintaining a strong sense of ensemble throughout. Each member of the trio is at the top of their games on every melody and solo throughout the album. As the lead instrument, Olson steps up to the plate and delivers during every melodic interpretation, comping section and improvised solo. His work on Shorter's "Valse Triste" successfully walks the fine line of homage and imitation as he weaves his way through a solo that is at the same time a tribute to the great saxophonist and a personal statement on the tune itself. The rhythm section of Bates and Epstein are also in fine form as both accompanists and soloists. The time and feel is steady on every track and both musicians play with big ears that allow them to catch the rhythmic cues thrown at them by Olson, which only adds to the success of the ensemble. Bates' solo introduction to the tune "Solid/Liquid" is one of the highlights of the album. Channeling lines and phrases from the likes of Dave Holland and Eddie Gomez, Bates releases a barrage of exceptional runs that are the perfect lead-in to the dirge-like melody section of the piece.
One of the most unique aspects of the album is that is was recorded by the students of Chopper Black at the McNally Smith College of Music. The fact that McNally has students that can produce an album that is professional in both its sound and mix is a testament to the level of teaching and mentorship these students are receiving at the College. Every note on the guitar rings through crisp and clear, the mix of the drums is dead on and the bass is full yet never boomy. If the trio had not written this fact in the liner notes it would be impossible to tell that this recording was not made by experienced studio professionals.
Framework is a strong release for the trio of Epstein, Bates and Olson. The tunes are melodic and harmonically interesting, the solos are energetic and the ensemble interacts on the highest level. All of which come together to produce an album that is as entertaining as it is intellectually stimulating.