Artist: Andre Ethier
Songs: Banana Grove + Parallel Highways
Recorded at The Baby G, January 19, 2018.
After nearly a decade without a new album from Andre Ethier, there was a lot of anticipation for the release of Under Grape Leaves (put out by Telephone Explosion) and a full room for this release celebration. Holding the room's attention in a set that hewed to the quieter side, the focused selection featured a lot of the new tracks as well as a few of his older mellow groovers. Ethier was backed by Paul Mortimer on guit and and Nick Kervin on drums throughout with Joseph Shabason's flute and sax touches as the only guest appearance. Visual art has been Ethier's main focus for the past while (and this album corresponded with a show of new paintings) so it remains to be seen if there'll be a quicker musical follow-up this time 'round.