"The first time I saw Portland's Blue Cranes live, I walked away trying to compare what I'd seen to anything I'd encountered before. I couldn't do it, and I still can't - the band is a force of nature.... Call it "creative music" or "post-jazz" or whatever you like, but the Blue Cranes sound is steeped in the ideas and concepts of jazz....a beautifully improvised sonic experience." - NPR/A Blog Supreme
Reed Wallsmith - alto sax
Joe Cunningham - tenor sax
Rebecca Sanborn - keyboards
Keith Brush - bass
Ji Tanzer - drums
Timothy Young - guitar (2,4,5,7)
Anna Fritz - cello (3,4,7)
Kyleen King - viola (3,4,7)
Marilee Hord - violin (3,4,7)
Mary Sue Tobiin - alto sax (4)
Chad Hensel - bass clarinet (4)
family percussion section (8): Alan Singley, Chris Hudson, Danny East, Frank Wall, Jenny Conlee-Drizos, Ji Tanzer, Joe Cunningham, Joey Scala, Matt Berkvan, Patrick Finley, Rebecca Gates, Rebecca Sanborn, Reed Wallsmith, Sandy Chruch, Sandy Wallsmith, Steve Drizos, Talbott Guthrie.
choir (8): Chris Hudson, Daniel Flessas, Ji Tanzer, Joe Cunningham, Rebecca Gates, Rebecca Sanborn, Reed Wallsmith, Sam Howard.
recorded June 29-30 and October 21-22, 2009
by Jason Powers at Type Foundry (Portland, Oregon)
mixed by Jason Powers at Type Foundry
mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering
design by Dylan McConnell at Tiny Little Hammers
produced by Blue Cranes and Jason Powers
(c)2010 Blue Cranes
I never heard of Blue Cranes before last weekends Cuneiform Records' weekly deal dropped in and quickly added this one to the Bandcamp Friday shopping list (dedicating the favorite track to Joe and Kamala, hoping the band won't mind).
Their approach (not the instrumentation) remind me strongly of Rymden (the surviving e.s.t. members plus Bugge Wesseltoft), meaning that this is jazz that could easily be appreciated by a rock listener (with not too tight listening habits, mind you :-) ). Carsten Pieper