Liam Sillery

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Scene

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Two previous releases on OA2 Records found Sillery in a quintet setting with the superb LA tenor man, David Sills. This time out, Sillery opts for alto saxist Matt Blostein, who works well with Sillery on some probing, often energetic music. Sillery's pianist, Jesse Stacken, and bassist Thomas Morgan, are once again on hand as they were on the previous "Minor Changes." The five tunes played here, all original compositions, are hardly a lesson in lyricism, perhaps less so than the first two CDs. However, there's something riveting in Sillery's sound, and if you're okay given up "catchy" melody lines tunes you can hum in favor of some stellar, earthy trumpet and flugelhorn playing, you might find this music illuminating, though sometimes challenging. If there was one highlight, it was Sillery's sterling silver trumpet on "Koi," a ballad of purity and intensity. The album ends with a New Orleans-style dazzler called "Intentionality." This isn't music for your great aunt Martha who used to listen to Guy Lombardo on the old Admiral radio. But I think Martha's great grandkids will dig it.






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