THE WEE TRIO, ASHES TO ASHES

This powerhouse trio, bassist Dan Loomis, vibraphonist James Westfall and drummer Jared Schonig, resolutely charts their own musical trajectory by following up their pair of boisterously fun albums (Capitol Diner, Volume One and Two) with a nifty EP of David Bowie tunes that cranks out “Battle For Britain” and “Queen Bitch” with blazing authority. Schonig’s a busy drummer who mixes in-the-pocket grooves (“1984”) with headbanging thrashers (“Sunday”), but the band, especially bassist Loomis, maintains a sonic playground that’s grounded with dazzling teamplay. Subtitled “A David Bowie Intraspective,” who knew the vibes could funnel the lyrical rawness of the originals into something so manically fun? Find them at www.cdbaby.com (6 tracks; 31:21 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: THE WEE TRIO, ASHES TO ASHES

Friday, February 24, 2012

THE WEE TRIO, ASHES TO ASHES

This powerhouse trio, bassist Dan Loomis, vibraphonist James Westfall and drummer Jared Schonig, resolutely charts their own musical trajectory by following up their pair of boisterously fun albums (Capitol Diner, Volume One and Two) with a nifty EP of David Bowie tunes that cranks out “Battle For Britain” and “Queen Bitch” with blazing authority. Schonig’s a busy drummer who mixes in-the-pocket grooves (“1984”) with headbanging thrashers (“Sunday”), but the band, especially bassist Loomis, maintains a sonic playground that’s grounded with dazzling teamplay. Subtitled “A David Bowie Intraspective,” who knew the vibes could funnel the lyrical rawness of the originals into something so manically fun? Find them at www.cdbaby.com (6 tracks; 31:21 minutes)

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