Gypsy Schaeffer / Portamental
Album: Portamental   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Gypsy Schaeffer   Added:Dec 2006
Label:Peacetime Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-12-10 Pull Date: 2007-02-11 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Feb 4 Jan 21 Jan 14 Dec 24
Airplays: 2 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 02, 2007: Memory Select
Faces In The Sand, Portamental
4. Jan 10, 2007: Eran Mukamel (on-deck circle)
Faces In The Sand
2. Feb 02, 2007: No Cover, No Minimum
Under Construction
5. Dec 20, 2006: Noon swings
Faces In The Sand
3. Jan 14, 2007: Rorschach's Dance: Pieces to Fall

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-12-08
Mainstream bop-oriented stuff with some interesting, twisty songs and a nice upbeat feel. Quartet setting led by sax and trombone; the lack of chord instrument means the sound gets a bit sparser when the solos start. No biggie. Infectiously happy while still being kind of complex; there's good creative energy here and a good sense of swing. Very likeable stuff, recommended.

Group is out of Boston; trombonist Joel Yennior hails from the Either/Orchestra.

CD seems to be recorded at a low level, be prepared to crank it.

1- Engaging and swingy, mid/fast, nice bebop feel
2- Military march feel
3- Coolly '60s feel, mid/fast with some nice soloing space. Different from the other tracks, less bright ... it's worth hearing.
4- Mid/fast, w/ calm sparse space for solos incl drums
5- Mellow but still mid/fast, with some playful touches
6- Fast and swingy, nice
7- Fluttery mid/fast, after a slow intro
8- Loping bass into a pleasant mid/slow piece
9- Mid/fast, upbeat, gets a bit skronky
10- Fast but cool-tempered. w/seasick intro and quiet avant-garde middle.

Track Listing
1. Under Construction   6. Ponus Ridge
2. Mummer's Day   7. Oi
3. Faces In The Sand   8. Schemin'
4. Time Management   9. Ugly Hand
5. Sleep   10. Portamental