Combs, Cory Trio / Valencia
Album: Valencia   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Combs, Cory Trio   Added:Apr 2006
Label:Evander Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-06-11 Pull Date: 2006-08-13 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jul 30 Jul 23 Jul 9 Jul 2 Jun 25 Jun 18
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 28, 2006: Memory Select
4. Jun 30, 2006: Memory Select
Tiny Insects
2. Jul 21, 2006: Memory Select
5. Jun 23, 2006: Memory Select
Money In Your Pocket And A Room With A View
3. Jul 07, 2006: Memory Select
Foreign Postmark
6. Jun 13, 2006: Radio Of Imagination
Money In Your Pocket And A Room With A View

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-06-11
Creative but accessible, with some melodic work (rocker-turned-jazzster kinds of pieces) but also squirrely free jazz and other surprises. Trio setting, led by local bassist Combs who produces some cool sounds on fretless. Lead voice is sax/clarinet; drums by John Hollenbeck (check out his hyper-modern Claudia Quintet, which isn't that dissimilar from this stuff). Lots of creative elements here, but it's not so abstract as to turn off non-converts.

1- Easy, loping feel, hyper drums. Strong groove later.
2- Slow, romantic
3- Fast, quiet free scribbles
4- Lurking, slow; nice melody later. Free clatter near the end.
5- Slow, mourning. Bowed bass.
6- Mid/fast, "up," mild Klezmer influence
7- Spare, lonely sax. Chaotic and disjoint later.
8- Turn o'century feel; fast and mellow/romantic
9- Prickly avant/fast, spare feel.
10- Bass solo: Combs' 5-yr-old niece describes a dream, and his bass tracks her words. (For more experiments of instruments mimicking speech patterns, see Jason Moran's "The Bandwagon.")
11- Sad carnival sound, with melodica
12- Weird off-kilter wanderings, a slow babble
13- Spry, popping. Some free-jazz madness
14- Slow chamber feel
15- Gently happy. Briefly crazy, later.
16- Darkly abstract; briefly fast later
17- Slow chimes of doom

Track Listing
1. Money In Your Pocket And A Room With A View   9. Wind Up Monkey
2. Monk In The Red Wagon   10. Know What The Dream Was?
3. Tiny Insects   11. Miyazaki
4. Amnesia   12. Sunny Disposiion
5. The California, Wyoming Border   13. Sometimes It All Falls Into Place; The Dogs Are Groomed And Well Fed
6. Foreign Postmark   14. Free #4 V.2
7. Heavy   15. 1974
8. Victory Lap For The Sporting Individual   16. Absinthe
  17. Miyazaki Reprise