Michael Dease Teams With Formidable Composer Gregg Hill for New Album "The Other Shoe"
...Dease brings along a wide-ranging collection of musicians, each specifically brought in for their unique outlooks and talents, including clarinetist Virginia MacDonald, Liany Mateo on bass, and drummer Colleen Clark, among others.
MUSIC REVIEW BY GEORGE W HARRIS, JAZZ WEEKLY
Co-producer Gregg Hill has his compositions interpreted by the bold trombonist Michael Dease and the team of Virgina MacDonald/cl, Geoffrey Keezer-Luther Alison/p, Liany Mateo/b Colleen Clark/dr and a handful of guests. The addition of MacDonald's clarinet makes for rich ideas, as she's featured on the quirky "Wake Up Call" and her vibrato seduces on "Shorty's Tune". Dease has a horn that is big and brassy, going up and sown the scales on "The Classic", teaming up with fellow bone man Joel Perez on the Latin lover "Rio Mio" and sliding around Keezer's stride on "The Sleeper". Dease pulls out the baritone sax for the mood changing opus "The Other Side" which also features Allison bringing in some keyboard concepts and an extra pair of percussive hands. The compositions each have clever mood swings and veer off into various blue highways, making the sonic journey worth paying attention to. Brass tacks!
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