Katahdin's Edge | The Ridge

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The Ridge

by Katahdin's Edge

Progressive jazz that rocks. Katahdin's Edge pushes the traditions of jazz to the edge. "The adventurousness is contagious. Katahdin’s Edge is out to play on The Ridge.
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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1. Fugimoto
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2. Glad You Called
6:57 $0.99
3. MTA
7:37 $0.99
4. The Path
4:01 $0.99
5. Coming Home
4:50 $0.99
6. Broken Leg Blues
5:11 $0.99
7. Sydney
5:56 $0.99
8. Alpine Zone
7:04 $0.99
9. The Ridge
8:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
With their debut Step Away, Katahdin’s Edge was celebrated as a roguish jazz piano trio goading a languid standard into confrontation. Roots intact, they produced funk- and rock-inspired grooves with cunning licks and intrepid meter sampling. The Ridge, their latest release available in May 2006, evokes the same adventurous spirit while challenging the equilibrium of tradition and innovation they established two years ago.

The Ridge is where simple and evocative contends with infinite possibility, where composer and pianist Willie Myette unravels a new voice in the charged exchange between himself, bassist John Funkhouser, and drummer Mike Connors. A fourth voice emerges in disquieting sounds: a cool whistle like knives sharpening, a jarring squeal like rewinding tape on a reel on “Glad You Called,” a strange chanting counterpart to the bass on the title track. The group marries audio effects like looping and distortion with the kinetic meter variations, aggressive improvisation, and haunting melodies that first established Katahdin’s Edge as a trio of depth and drama.

From the buoyant melody that launches “Glad You Called” through the song’s two mood shifts, serpentine sound effects break the surface; they mystify at first then unleash a rising and leaping crescendo. “The Path,” rock ballad apparent, grows an understated melodic seed in two measured shoots that unfurl, rolling and sprightly, before a satisfying return to the source. But the understated must eventually yield to vigor, and so, the title track opens with rhythmic pluck then lurches into thematic leapfrog until a penetrating chant unites the trio in an elevating, captivating jaunt. Eerie distortions of staccato tapping and of a slide introduced to piano strings confirm a fresh pulse.

The adventurousness is contagious. Katahdin’s Edge is out to play on The Ridge. They’re charged with rock energy akin to Bad Plus and are agile at cracking thematic and rhythmic nuts. Like Brad Mehldau and E.S.T., they optimize the arsenal of a trio with pioneering esprit de corps. Technological voicing has evolved their sound while Myette’s compositions remain assured and melodically sophisticated.

A Berklee College of Music graduate, Myette departed Boston for Providence in 1996, created a unique instructional method for jazz piano, founded JazzKids, and published about a dozen books, all aimed at teaching jazz and improvisation to children. Old friends Myette and Connors never stopped performing together since their college days. Connors has also shared the stage with Joe Hunt and Alan Dawson, and Funkhouser, a former student of the New England Conservatory, teaches at Berklee and has toured internationally with his own band, FunkHouse. The trio converged in 2004 to incite an alchemic flash. Step Away was released in the same year, and was touted as “energetic, listener-friendly progressivism,” avant-garde jazz that could satisfy an eclectic crowd. No matter how Katahdin’s Edge evolves, no matter how far-out their exploits are on The Ridge, it’s apparent that the group’s mission grounds their music with uncanny authenticity.

Check out Willie's Site Jazz Piano Lessons.com to study online or through DVD with Willie.



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Giuseppe Primerano

Just a beautiful surprise from katahdin’s edge after “Step away”!
This new release from Katahdin’s looks like a good second chapter in their recent history. The melodies are winning, the sound is right and all compositions are original. My preferences go to Glad, MTA and Fujimoto but the whole album is excellent and doesn’t have any fault. I guess this CD will be a suitable company for me in the next weeks. When an Italian tour?

Ray Caron

Love this CD!!!
I heard an interview with Willie Myette on Eric Jackson's show Eric in Evening on WGBH. I enjoyed opportunity to "meet" the artist and listen to selections from this great CD. Of course being an avid hiker I was pre-disposed to like Katahdin's Edge. I love the way this CD contrasts with Willie Myette Trio "This is Jazz". I like playing them together. I will defintely sample some more of this artist's work.

Brett Buckland

sounds so familiar, yet fresh and inventive
i just came back from a trip to San Franciso, my first time in this beautiful city, and in the US in fact. When I returned to my home in Hong Kong this CD was waiting for me, so I put it on whilst unpacking, and it cheered me up no end - made me feel connected back to the west coast! The music sounds so much like stuff I can but roughly approximate when I lay my own fingers on the keys. I love the use of deep, rich 9th and sus chords that really give it that alpine, azure feel, but punctuated with warm interludes of saturday afternoon clubby jazziness.
Would wholeheartedly recommend this CD and am on the lookout for similar contemporary stuff.

Gerret Meyer

Great CD
I started with liking Willie Myette debut album - "...this is jazz " and it was. It made me look for more and I found "The Ridge" and "Step Away". I am not sure which one I like better, but both put me in a good mood. They are a great take on the jazz trio and I can clearly hear each instrument making it's contribution - my only regret is that I can not find any additional material by either Willie Myette and or / Katahdin's Edge. I'll keep on looking though - enjoying the existing music ...

Jeffrey Hampton

Great Cd!!
All I can say is that I really dug this album, and was unable to remove it from my cd player for several days.