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Danny Frankel/Drums and Percussion
Jon Ossman/Acoustic and Electric Bass
; Peter Adams on Keyboards.
Review By: Melissa Berry
Tom Young and the Questionaires CD Release Party
Venue: Blue Whale
Los Angeles - When is a release party more than just a release party? When it's for Tim Young and The Questionires' eponymous new album - "Tim Young and The Questionaires" (and yes, that is absolutely the correct spelling for Questionaires.) Included in this release party at The Blue Whale jazz club in Downtown Los Angeles, a "chill spot that draws serious jazz fans," was a live performance of the entire album with Young and the three other band members: Danny Frankel/Drums and Percussion; Jon Ossman/Acoustic and Electric Bass; and Peter Adams on Keyboards.
Luckily, there was just enough time before the performance to chat with Tim and a couple of the band members and ask just a couple of questions regarding some of the tracks.
3) Yes, "Anouman" is the 1953 ultimate cool jazz ballad made famous by one of jazz's greatest guitarists - Django Reinhardt. It was a real treat to hear this played live with this unique interpretation.
4) Lastly, yes, there was a music chart resting on the floor for some Maurice Ravel just in case Tim needed it for later. Ravel? Yes, Ravel. This album includes several very famous pieces of classical music reinterpreted for a contemporary sound, and done so very successfully. There is the hauntingly beautiful "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber, in this case, "Adagio for Six Strings" since it's being played on the guitar. Young's manipulation of the melody line in his playing in this piece brings to mind that eccentric electronic instrument the Theremin. This is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact, which senses the relative position of the player's hands and the vibrations. All this creates a very otherworldly, ephemeral sound, which is exactly what Young is able to do with his playing in this piece. It's absolutely mesmerizing. Finally, there is Ravel's "Concerto for the Gs". Again with a very thoughtful and respectful arrangement that honors a beautiful melody.
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