DAVE ZINNO [bass] and his group, Unisphere [Mike Tucker-ts, Eric Benny Bloom-tpt/flg, Tim Ray-p, Rafael Barata-drm], have issued their second recording. In Zinno’s notes, he references Rio as his home base and discusses the fusion of North American and Brazilian music. As a result, one might expect a recording of soft and pretty cliched music. Not so, led by Mike Tucker’s consistently strong tenor work, this is closer to a hard bop exploration. Recorded 11/28 & 29/18, STORIES TOLD is the latest from Whaling City [#113] in a string of well thought out jazz recordings and offerings overall better than the tired old music issued by the names on major labels today. A mixture of 9 originals and covers [66:18], a good choice for those looking for adventure and not just familiarity.
A message from Andrew:
The album is called That We Could Find A Way To Be and these new songs focus on some of the things I care about most – the complicated intersections of love, faith, loss and uncertainty, queerness and the search and struggle for understanding.
We are in the final week of a Kickstarter to help us fund the album and it’s been going really well; we’ve already made our initial goal and have set an ambitious stretch goal of $13,000 to cover art design, a couple videos, printing and (especially) publicity and promotion. Pre-order your copy of the album TODAY! You’ll get a download of the tracks in late June or July; plenty of time to learn the lyrics so you can sing along with us at the festival! Plus there are some other cool rewards that we’re offering as well so you gotta check it out. This is all so exciting! I’ll be performing all weekend at Falcon Ridge, accompanied by Anna Patton on clarinet and Dana Billings on keys and percussion. Hope to see you there. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! Have a great day,