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The Dime Notes

The Dime Notes (Lejazzetal, 2016)

Hot swinging stomps and blueses from London’s most stylish vintage jazz band! Led by the celebrated partnership of clarinetist David Horniblow and Portland pianist Andrew Oliver and propelled by the knockout rhythm section of Dave Kelbie and Tom Wheatley. Stomps, Blueses and hard-swinging numbers from the revolutionary and controversial early jazz repertoire.

BUY: Lejazzetal

The Vitality Five

The Vitality Five (Astro Records, 2016)

Formed in 2015 and initially developing out of a series of informal workshop sessions in South London, the Vitality Five are an all-star quintet dedicated to performing and recording authentic 1920s small-group jazz. Specialising in the kind of blistering ‘hot stomps’ inspired by the records of the California Ramblers, Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers, Johnny Dodds’ Hometown Band and others, the Five include sensational virtuosi from the UK, USA and Australia.

BUY: Astro Records | iTunes

Old Hat Jazz Band

The Sparrow (Independent, 2016)

Old Hat are delighted to present to you The Sparrow: our interpretation of Early Jazz. Each member has written a tune or more on this album, born of immersion in the roots of jazz for four years and being tuned into this band, its sound and journey.

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Tunnel Six

journeys, places, stories (Independent, 2016)

This album takes a different path from our previous releases, showcasing the musical movements that are evident within each of Tunnel Six’s disparate members, while never losing sight of common threads that weave our stories together. The music explores vast landscapes, the peaceful complexity of nature, and the way it’s filtered through the human experience in music. Journeys, Spaces, Stories isn’t simply a collection of songs, but rather an expression of group interplay and band dynamics that have been honed on the road over the last seven years.

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Alive (Independent, 2013)

“One of their greatest attributes is the ability to make a sextet sound like a miniature orchestra. […] Dynamics and imaginative mixing of timbre and rhythmic textures play a major role in making this recording diverse and fun for repeated listening.” – Tim Willcox, Jazz Society of Oregon Jazzscene

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Lake Superior (OA2 Records, 2011)

“Melodies that dare to be epic, jazz compositions that stretch out to the fringes of the genre, and a cohesion and selflessness that would indicate a collaborative period measured in years, not months.” – eMusic

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The Kora Band

New Cities (Whirlwind Records, 2015)

“The Kora Band doesn’t really sound like any other group. This is an amazing feat, in a century supersaturated with music of every hue, and a convincing testament to the innovative sound of a jazz band successfully incorporating non-Western traditional instruments.” – ****, All About Jazz

BUY: Whirlwind Records | iTunes

Cascades (OA2 Records, 2011)

“World jazz” projects frequently come off as gimmicky. Not so with the Kora Band, a group of Portland and Seattle musicians […] who successfully incorporate West African rhythms and textures into their otherwise mainstream jazz sound.  “Cascades” proceeds in a manner that’s unhurried and consistently inviting. – Jazziz

BUY: OA2 Records | iTunes

The Ocular Concern

Sister Cities (PJCE Records, 2014)

“[…] the category-defying chamber quintet constructs and deconstructs intriguing pyramids of texture, counterpoint and harmony. It’s a worlds-within-worlds canvas. If M.C. Escher had led a band, this would be the sound of it. The group weaves in jazz, neo-classical, African dance, tango, pop, twang, blasts of crunch-rock and subtle odd-metered funk.  Minimalism is a strong influence in the music’s pointed rhythmic layers, but the band delivers it all with a fluidity and warmth that minimalism often lacks. […] the Ocular Concern’s music ultimately charms with a melodic and almost innocent sense of wonder.” – Downbeat (****)

BUY: PJCE Records | iTunes

Operation Northwoods

The Bureau of Fiction (PJCE Records, 2013)

Chamber-quartet of Portland and NYC musicians. “It always sounds like a singular expression of thought, of viewpoint, of creative vision.  That mutability lends itself perfectly to an environment where the complex requires a simple interface, where peacefulness and dissonance must coexist in harmony.  Balance. And it’s characteristics such as that is why The Bureau of Fiction is an unmitigated success.” – Dave Sumner, eMusic

BUY: PJCE Records | iTunes

Andrew Oliver Sextet

82% Chance of Rain (OA2 Records, 2010)

“His high-energy second sextet release gets the precipitation percentage wrong, but just about everything else right. 82% Chance of Rain is an eclectic collection, but a year of honing these 10 tracks has allowed them to benefit from the variety of the composers’ well-integrated yet distinctive styles. […] A generous, diverse band that can appeal to fans of new jazz as well as older genres like fusion and post-bop.” – Brett Campbell, Willamette Week

BUY: OA2 Records | iTunes

Bridgetown Sextet

Stomp, Defined (2015)

“The Bridgetown Sextet’s new album release “Stomp, Defined” is the quintessential representation for the vintage jazz and swing renaissance exploding across the globe. […] What sets The Bridgetown Sextet apart as arguably the most talented vintage hot jazz and swing ensemble in the Pacific Northwest is their ability to not only harness, but intensify the unbridled energy of their musical antecedents.” – Jon Taylor, SwingPortland.com

BUY: CD Baby | iTunes

The New Old-Fashioned (2011)

“[R]etro-gazing is always a dicey proposition, running the risk of being precious, irrelevant, or, usually, both. But the Bridgetown Sextet pulls off their time-travel whimsy by emphasizing musical chops rather than mutton chops. Their tunes are the work of fantastic players, boasting excellent stride piano from both Scott Kennedy and Andrew Oliver (who also each do double duty on drums), strict tempo from guitarist Doug Sammons and bassist Eric Gruber, and just the right shade of sassafras from John Moak on trombone and David Evans on clarinet and sax. Their new album, The New Old Fashioned, ably captures this combustible energy.” – The Portland Mercury

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Authentic Old-Time Jazz and Swing (2009)

“America may have outlawed the sale of booze in the 1920s and early ’30s, but that only made the music swing, sway, jump and jive that much harder than when imbibing beer was legal. If you want to get a feel for what the Land of the Free sounded like when Jelly rolled and Armstrong growled, check out The Bridgetown Sextet.”~The Portland Tribune

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