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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 30Jul 23Jul 9Jul 2Jun 25Jun 18

 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