Tad Britton


Origin 82697


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Much like the cicada, Seattle drummer Tad Britton's new release spent the last 23 years as an unfinished master, misplaced in a hidden away, dark closet. The resulting mixes reveal the deep musical relationship between Tad, bassist Jeff Johnson, saxophonist Hans Teuber and guitarist Pete Fogle, that developed over a decade through hundreds of hours of sessions, all of them recorded on mountains of cassette tapes. Two studio recording sessions - in 1992-93 - resulted in the music on "Cicada" and reflect the early workings of some of the west coast's more creative jazz artists.

Track Listing:

1. Gaia 4:17
2. Gone 4:18
3. Seclusion 6:32
4. Scene West 4:53
5. Beijing 3:26
6. Fox Hunt 3:09
7. 1929 5:54
8. Sukiyaki 2:53
9. MFLOAT 5:23
10. In Your Green Slick Thing 4:08


Tad Britton - drums, drum machine, percussion, guitar (5)
Hans Teuber - saxophones, keyboards, flute, cowbell
Jeff Johnson - basses
Pete Fogle - guitar

Production Info:

Produced by Tad Britton
(1,2,3,4,6,10) Recorded & mixed by Bob Meador at Infinity Productions, Seattle, May 17th & June 28th, 1992
(5,7,8,9) Recorded & mixed by Doug Haire at Jack Straw Productions, Seattle, August 25th & Sept. 9th, 1993
Mastered by Floyd Reitsma at RFI, Seattle
Cover Design & Layout by John Bishop

Reviews of Cicada

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Oh sure, Britton and his pals are now some of the most creative cats on the west coast, but what were they doing 25 years ago in Oklahoma? If you want to find out, put on this progressive session that doesn't sound dated. Released for the first time, it's a solid set of that angular, boundary pushing jazz playing that comes when just a few cats g ...

Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Not only is Seattle known for giving us Starbucks coffee, but it is the home of Origin Records, who gives some fresh sounding modern jazz sounds from rising stars. Drummer Tad Britton brings together Hans Teuber/sax-key-fl, Jeff Johnson/b and Pete Fogle/g for some fresh post bop sounds. Most of the material is composed by Johnson, which explain ...

WTJU - Richmond (Dave Rogers)
The title of this disc is concretely meaningful: Britton describes the life cycle of cicadas in his liner notes, emphasizing the wonder and mystery of the appearance and disappearance of these creatures and after acknowledging that no new really understands the functionality of this cycle, explains that these recordings having been dormant (missing ...

Improvijazzation (Rotcod Zzaj)
I still have a few tapes laying 'round, but none as good as this 23-year-old master from Tad, whose high-talent percussion work is joined by Sax/keyboards/flute/cowbell from Hans Teuber, bass from Jeff Johnson and guitar by Pete Fogle… sessions recorded inn the '92-'93 time-frame are now immortalized on tunes like the wonderful & airy "Gone"… i ...





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