Sunday, January 8, 2017

Recording: Brodie West Quintet

Artist: Brodie West Quintet

Songs: [two as-yet untitled pieces]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), December 14, 2016.

Brodie West Quintet - [untitled #1]

Brodie West Quintet - [untitled #2]

A night of new, not-even-named-yet pieces were explored on this night, with Brodie West joined by regulars Tania Gill (piano), Josh Cole (bass and Phil Melanson (percussion) — plus Dave Clark sitting in at the second percussion chair. That double-drummer dynamic is central to what's going on here, with several of West's new pieces incorporating counterpoint percussion, which sees the drummers sometimes sharing and co-deconstrcting rhythmic patterns (and sometimes working meticulously independently of each other). The bass and piano often work together to give a trampoline floor underneath West, who happily darts around the beat(s) with his alto.

[The Brodie West Quintet — with Evan Cartwright back as Phil Melanson's percussive foil — returns for another Nacho Wednesday at The Tranzac next week (January 11th).]

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