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 4Jan 21Jan 14Dec 24

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