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 20Oct 6Sep 29

Recent Airplay
1.Oct 18, 2002:Memory Select
Ghost of a Chance
3.Sep 27, 2002:Memory Select
Swear Off Forever
2.Oct 01, 2002:No Cover, No Minimum
Swear Off Forever
4.Aug 31, 2002:Morning Glory
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