From the first note, Christiansen lights a rhythmic fire that never flickers, punctuating chords with precision and soloing with zeal...
Following up on 2008's Roll With It, Corey Christiansen's critically acclaimed Origin debut, the dynamic guitarist returns with a vengeance on Outlaw Tractor, another grooving, soul-jazz offering featuring his working band, including New York organist Pat Bianchi, saxophonist David Halliday and drummer Matt Jorgensen. Moving easily from the funky "When You Want" and "Outlaw Tractor" to the driving "Big Kids" and "Starstepper," Christiansen's soulful compositions and precise yet earthy guitar talents define an album that's destined to become a classic. One listen to Outlaw Tractor and you'll understand why All About Jazz called Christiansen's Origin debut, "one of the most satisfying soul-jazz recordings of the year."
1 Down Time (7:55)
2 Carefree (8:59)
3 When You Want (7:17)
4 Starstepper (5:09)
5 Outlaw Tractor (7:47)
6 Big Kids (5:59)
7 The Penguins Deserve Better (6:48)
Produced by Corey Christiansen
Recorded & mixed by Scott Wiley at
June Audio, Provo, Utah in February, 2008
Mastered by Mark Guenther at
Seattle Disc Mastering
Cover photo by Perry Kroll
Corey photo by Tim Tyler
Session photography by Matt Jorgensen
Cover design by John Bishop
All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
The reason behind Corey Christiansen's clinically precise guitar style is his experience with Mel Bay Guitar Instruction. He is fluent in all guitar styles, which fully informs his recording and performing persona. His previous recording, Roll With It (Origin, 2008), employing the same band as on the present Outlaw Tractor, was a sleek funk machine ...
All About Jazz (John Barron)
Guitarist extraordinaire Corey Christiansen displays a crisp attack with scorching solos on Outlaw Tractor, a disc full of no-nonsense, organ-based, groovy jazz. Christiansen, who is also a well-known educator and author of guitar-related instructional material, recruits the talents of organist Pat Bianchi to create a rollicking vibe reminiscent o ...
All Music Guide (Michael G. Nastos)
Warmth oozes out of the music on this CD created by guitarist Corey Christiansen and his quartet, a comfy blend of contemporary jazz, bop or post-bop, and soul-jazz. Organist Pat Bianchi and saxophonist David Halliday create that feeling, playing unison lines that, between the three instrumentalists, give the listener a comfort zone that is both re ...
Oregon Jazz Scene (Kyle O'Brien)
Soul jazz has been updated again by Christiansen. His second recording on Origin finds the hythmic guitarist mining the funky, organ-based music made famous in the ?60s and making it his own. With Pat Bianchi on organ, David Halliday on sax and Matt Jorgensen on drums, Christiansen ? a teacher at Utah State University ? is in good company. The blue ...
JazzTimes (Carlo Wolff)
There's more to guitarist Corey Christiansen's third outing as a leader than can be revealed in a cursory listen. There's funk in "When You Want," a hip shuffle in the Grant Green-meets-Jimmy Smith mode; there's easygoing romanticism in "Down Time," a samba in which Christiansen explores deep sonorities as saxophonist David Halliday updates the br ...
Cadence Magazine (Larry Hollis)
Those who enjoyed Corey Christiansen's previous outing (Roll With It) will not be disappointed with Outlaw Tractor since it retains the same case and quartet format. The all-originals tune list doesn't veer off course either with a balanced baker's half-dozen of selections that provide just enough substance for the principal soloists (Christiansen ...