[Flatland] meticulously molds musical soundscapes that can alternately seduce you to sleep, get you stoned, and make you feel all slinky and sexy. Brilliance without words.
Flatland combines, on their second Origin release, 11 originals and compositions by Charlie Haden & Joe Zawinul including a haunting rendition of "In A Silent Way." The trio of drummer Todd Bishop, bassist Don Corey and guitarist Matt Wayne are joined by saxophonist Saul Kline who together, create a free-jazz movie soundtrack reminiscent of the mid-70's groups of Keith Jarrett and the Redman/Cherry/Haden/Blackwell collective Old and New Dreams Quartet.
1. The Secret Agent 4:54 Flatland
2. Spooky 7:20 D. Corey
3. New Gnawa 7:33 Corey
4. Long Vicious Memories 6:38 Corey
5. Chairman Mao 7:25 C. Haden
6. Duet 1 3:50 M. Wayne/T. Bishop
7. Origin of Species 4:30 Flatland
8. Sunrise 4:50 Flatland
9. American Incident 3:33 Wayne
10. Malheur 3:45 Bishop
11. The Birdcage 3:17 Corey
12. Badwater 5:40 Bishop
13. In a Silent Way 2:44 J. Zawinul
Matt Wayne - guitar
Donald Corey - bass
Todd Bishop - drums
Saul Cline - sax on "Spooky"
Produced by Todd Bishop
Recorded by John Cluff at The Track Shack, Portland, OR
Mixed by Tony Lash at Supernatural Sound, Oregon City, OR
Mastered by Mark Guenther at Seattle Disc Mastering, Seattle, WA
Cover Image by Todd Bishop
Inside photo by John Bishop, Paris, 1999
Inside painting by Todd Bishop
Art Direction: John Bishop
All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
A trio of musicians from Oregon working without one of the usual lead instruments can make for an interesting sound in the world of jazz. The fact that they're primarily electric and working on their own songs adds to that. The sound on Origin of Species is surprisingly atmospheric, working its way through sinuous grooves, long preludes, and the oc ...