October 14, 2004
CD Review: Katahdin's Edge "Step Away"
I took a hiatus, I know. I'm back though, and I've got some great new music to upload to the playlist.
This month, I'll be featuring a new band, Katahdin's Edge, from the east coast (Rhode Island??). This trio, consisting of John Funkhouser on the bass, Willie Myette on the piano, and Mike Connors on the drums, absolutely blew me away. Their music reminds me of a creative cross between Brad Mehldau and Medeski, Martin, and Wood. The interplay between the players reminds me a bit of what Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, and Paul Motian had, but who can really compare to that trio? They were kind enough to send me their CD Step Away.
Every song has a definite groove. The first track, "Step Away", has a Vince Guaraldi syncopated feel that is full of energy. "Enigma", lives up to its name, with a trance-like Far Eastern feel and tonal arrangement. The rest of the tracks are a mix of groove and delicate sensitivity, leaving the listener wanting more at the end of the album (56 minutes en toto). All 8 songs were written by Willie. The solo work is top-notch. I hope these guys tour the northwest US again soon (I couldn't make it to their September show here in Portland), because I'm itching to see them live. I would take both jazz enthusiasts and jazz newbies to see them, because I truly believe both groups would enjoy this group. I can't stop raving! I'll be playing 5 tracks from Step Away this month and will likely keep a few of them on frequent rotation. I know it's not "classic" jazz, but I know you'll enjoy.
Let me know what you think.
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