Bradford/Wong/Roper / Purple Gums
Album: Purple Gums   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Bradford/Wong/Roper   Added:Aug 2003
Label:Asian Improv Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-08-18 Pull Date: 2003-10-20 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Oct 19 Oct 5 Sep 28 Sep 14 Sep 7
Airplays: 2 1 2 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 17, 2003: Memory Select
A Boy Like You
4. Sep 26, 2003: Memory Select
A Boy Like You
2. Oct 15, 2003: Umami Jazz Program
5. Sep 22, 2003: Fly By Night
Bugle Boys
3. Oct 03, 2003: Memory Select
Bugle Boys
6. Sep 12, 2003: Memory Select
A Boy Like You

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-08-21
Trio improv: sax, trumpet, tuba. Wandering sketches of melody, more decisive than you'd expect given the lack of rhythm instruments -- they dive in, without many tentative segments. They also lock onto rhythms or melodies here and there (5, 7). Overall mood is bright and relaxed, with a mostly upbeat but careful pace, rather than an all-out attack.

Roper (improvised?) spoken word on 3,4,6,8

1- Slow crossing melodies ... ok, this one does sound a bit tentative
2*- Playful explorations, starts with fluttering solo bits
3- Jazzy trumpet w/Roper monologue about purple gums
4**- Role-playing monologue about racism; music starts skittish but develops into some strong melody
5*- Midtempo, includes some goofing around with melodies. Cool beginning: "Sun comes up, sun goes down"
6*- Spoken word, w/calm flute & trumpet. Atmospheric, with mid/fast strange riff ending
7- Features recurring riff from the trumpet.
8- Bluesy, w/spoken word
9- Slow, somber

Track Listing
1. Baleen and Porpoises   5. Bugle Boys
2. Patois   6. You a Square
3. Purple Gums   7. Falling Water
4. A Boy Like You   8. Li'l Sister
  9. Procession of the Pall