sextet | quintet

sextet | quintet by Polyorchard.
Bandcamp Link: sextet | quintet

Polyorchard is North Carolina bassist/composer David Menestres’ (@abstracttruth) ensemble.

His music is, as is much of the music I listen to, improvised music heavily influenced by modern composed music. Which is to say, there aren’t a lot of traditional “Jazz” idioms or forms floating around in this music.

From what I can tell, the musicians in Polyorchard vary from album to album and concert to concert, depending on the feels Mr Menestres is going for (and I assume which musicians are available). This edition of Polyorchard is heavy on lower pitched acoustic stringed instruments and acoustic brass instruments.

The sextet portion is trombone, cello, trumpet, double bass, tuba, and viola. The quintet portion is trombone, cello, double bass, viola, and trumpet.

It is a live concert, but it is recorded very well.

OK, with all that out of the way, this is a fantastic album!

Heartfelt, moving, adventurous, and eclectic. At this point I’m going with “0733” as my favorite tune of the bunch, but they’re all good. Sonic adventures into what sounds are possible, (and some that seem impossible,) to make with these instruments.

And all that sounds kind of stuffy, but the music doesn’t feel academic. The album feels and it breaths, and pulls you along with the musicians.

New favorite album of the year!

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Scratch, Slice, Jag

Scratch, Slice, Jag by Jeb Bishop and Dan Ruccia.
Bandcamp Link: Scratch, Slice, Jag

Trombone and Viola. Not one of those duo combinations that pops right out as an obvious choice.

In some sense, it does make sense, both are “slide” instruments (of a sort) and neither are typical “lead” instruments. Why not put them together?

This is the sort of improvised more akin to 20th Century “modern classical” music than what most people think of as “Jazz”. Both players are very good at listening and responding to each other, no matter how far out they go. And I can definitely say some of the sounds on this album surprised me, that they came out of a Viola or a Trombone.

I was initially dubious, not being much of a trombone guy, but after a couple times through, it is growing on me.

#DanRuccia #JebBishop #ScratchSliceJag #TodaysCommuteSoundtrack