Big Neighborhood

11:11

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Dick Crockett, Bopndicks 20 Picks Nov 2006

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A quartet of alto saxophone, guitar, bass and drum. Simple yet more complex for this band plays big. Chris Fagan 's saxophone sings like a Paul Desmond in Toronto, a clear fall evening on lake Ontario. Then there's Dave White's acoustic guitar riffs like Charlie Christian in odd characters as the rhythmic double times a pace or two in contrapuntal harmony with a groove Messianic! There's proportional jamming as in the "The Lake," an R&B oddity ramping back and forth. Then "11:11" ups the art deco atmosphere as "The Rambler," stunned by sudden occurrence attempts to cover his/her shadow. This is not that complicated. In fact it's overtly tongue and cheek polirhythmic and since you have the overhead formula of compatibility there's no need for alarm or reinforcement of any college of musical knowledge as in "Mad Harold's Tea Party." With this superb rounding out rhythm section, Doug Miller, bass and Phil Parisot on drum incessant and swinging like a fifties West Coast happening thrusting fifty years ahead from now. It's not that simple or complicated. This is what a sweet life sounds about...always a short and lasting ending to a perfect evening with the band playing like early
Brubeck and Paul Desmond soloing "Ask Me Now."






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