Chorney, Michael and Orchid / Field Recordings
Album: Field Recordings   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Chorney, Michael and Orchid   Added:May 2002

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2002-08-26 Pull Date: 2002-10-28 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Oct 20 Oct 6 Sep 29
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 02, 2023: Music Casserole
The Right Word
4. Sep 27, 2002: Memory Select
Swear Off Forever
2. Oct 18, 2002: Memory Select
Ghost of a Chance
5. Aug 31, 2002: Morning Glory
Swear Off Forever
3. Oct 01, 2002: No Cover, No Minimum
Swear Off Forever

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2002-08-18
Accessible, sax-led jazz quartet with a laid-back feel and not too many pretentions. Chorney, from Vermont, describes this as a mix between jazz and folk music, and it does come across nicely spare and unencumbered, like folk music can.

It's a 2-CD set:

DISK 1 (White): Uniformly slow-to-midtempo songs, mostly interchangeable. Any one track is OK, but any two together get tiresome -- Chorney just doesn't have enough ideas to fill two CDs. Try #3, a '60s style groove, or #5, which has nice wandering lines. #8 has a gospel tinge. But overall, it's all rather the same; they should have left this disk out.

DISK 2 (Black): Adds a cello and a viola to the quartet, making for a much more creative and varied setting. Highlights:
10- Uptempo, a bit razzy
11- Breezy chamber strings
12- Almost funky, with cello
14- Snappy beat, country/Appalaichan feel
16- Fluttery strings under a bass solo

Track Listing
1. The Whole World   9. Broken
2. Lapse   10. While Still Asleep
3. Past Tense   11. New Life
4. Still   12. Swear Off Forever
5. Ghost of a Chance   13. Luxury of Innocence
6. Does this Elmer Have Heat   14. To the Wall
7. Remarkable Resemblance   15. Three Payphones
8. Topological   16. The Right Word