Published on Mar 28, 2012
Susan Pascal - Vibes (SEATTLE)
Susan Pascal's Mallet Jazz
by Todd Matthews, Earshot Jazz
Susan Pascal's name is as recognizable on the Pacific Northwest jazz scene as the unique tone of the instrument she plays: the vibraphone. If you mention area vibraphonists, or listen to a CD produced by a local jazz musician and the recording includes a vibraphonist, chances are pretty good that Pascal's name appears in the conversation or on the liner notes. When I mentioned this to her last month, Pascal deflected the praise. "Well, that's interesting, because there are some very fine vibraphonists in Seattle," she said, during a conversation in the living room of her West Seattle home. "There's Tom Collier, who was my teacher at the University of Washington, and who has released two CDs. He's incredible. There's Ben Thomas, who has his own group, produces his own CDs, and is a fabulous player. I think one of the reasons my name might be mentioned is because I've played on various projects that fortunately get radio airplay and gig a lot." http://www.susanpascal.com/reviews_ma...
John Hansen - Piano (SEATTLE)
"John Hansen is a monster player with an uncanny way of playing strong original melodic shapes in a fresh way...and as an accompanist he knows how to open it up, give it space to breath and he swings his ass off."
-- Jay Thomas, Musician, Multi-instrumentalist, Seattle Hall of Fame
"Highly talented, unassuming, and offering his best effort in every musical situation, John Hansen is a versatile sideman, accompanist and soloist who's a valued part of several top recording and performing jazz groups. And he's way overdue for a CD of his own."
-- Jim Wilke, Jazz After Hours, PRI, Jazz Northwest, KPLU
Clipper Anderson - Acoustic Bass (SEATTLE)
Bassist Clipper Anderson is a musician who defies labels. Equally comfortable with straight-ahead, traditional, free jazz or bebop, he plays with genuine reverence for the music and an unassuming mastery that speaks for itself. He is a virtuosic improviser, known for creating intelligent lines, which are often executed with stunning speed and precision. He is the quintessential support player who steadily holds the pocket and creates a solid foundation for whomever he shares the bandstand with. He is also a well-respected vocalist. Earshot Jazz has aptly described Clipper as " a player for the connoisseur to savor," and rightly so.
With Olympia Jazz Musicians:
Steve Bentley - Drums (OLYMPIA)
Miguel Lopez - Congas (OLYMPIA)
Richard Lopez - Trombone/Alto Flute (OLYMPIA)
We have the sweetest NW Jazz in Oly Town!
Recorded on March 12, 2012 by Richard Lopez
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