Friday, March 11, 2016

Recording: Interstellar Tentet

Artist: Interstellar Tentet

Song: The Subterraneans

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 3), February 27, 2016.

Interstellar Tentet - The Subterraneans

With most of the personnel1 overlapping from Jay Hay's Interstellar Orchestra, the alternate name here seems to be used somewhat interchangeably. There's definitely the same exploration/deconstruction of jazz tropes — like in this Jay Hay original, with its title redolent of beat-era bop lasciviousness, or in Joe Sorbara's composition "The Blues" that takes a rangy ramble through its chosen terrain — all of it intricately arranged but never hermetically sealed.

1 Just for posterity's sake, I should note that the lineup at this show was:

  • Jay Hay, Jeremy Strachan, Karen Ng – saxophone
  • Nick Buligan, Nicole Rampersaud – trumpet
  • Tom Richards, Heather Saumer – trombone
  • Scott Peterson – double bass
  • Mike Smith – synth
  • Joe Sorbara – percussion

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