Ha is the first commercial release by the Aeroplane Trio,
and represents over eight years of music making. The double-disc package
contains the CD "Naranja Ha", a full-length studio recording
that documents the trio's diverse blend of original composition and free
improvisation. In addition, there's also a DVD featuring a full-length
concert video,"Live at Ironworks", and a mini-documentary, "Getting
to Naranja Ha", detailing the Aeroplane Trio's creative process through
interviews, as well as concert, rehearsal and studio footage.
Aeroplane Trio use a conventional acoustic jazz setting
as a platform for their improvisations and compositions. Twisting and
contorting their instruments, nothing is sacred in creating the trio's
unique sound. JP Carter (trumpet/cornet), Russell
Sholberg (bass/saw) and Skye Brooks (drums/percussion)
have found a common sensibility; they make music both delicate and combustible,
strange and beautiful.
Aeroplane Trio was formed in 2001 out of the late night "Aeroplane"
improvisation sessions at the Sugar Refinery in Vancouver during a time
of great experimental music activity on the West Coast music scene. Each
member of the Aeroplane Trio has been championing original creative music
for more than a decade, both as leaders and as sidemen. Some of the other
groups that they also perform with include the Tony Wilson 6tet, Inhabitants,
Fond of Tigers, and the NOW Orchestra. The Aeroplane Trio is a link, even
a cornerstone in some instances, to Vancouvers creative music community.
The trio has performed for several years at the Vancouver International
Jazz Festival. Highlights from these performances include a double-bill
with Dave Douglas' Mountain Passages and a collaboration with European
improviser Wolfgang Fuchs. In addition to this, the trio has been featured
in the New Orchestra Workshop's "Live at the Cellar" music series
and Coastal Jazz and Blues' Winterruption festival.
"The tug and pull is wonderful, ranging
from ridiculously catchy to squalidly free form." - Forest
with cohesion and creativity." - Vue Weekly
is an exceptional package from three incredibly gifted guys who have created
their own musical universe. Impressive stuff." - babysue
introduction and great listening and viewing. Grade: A" - The
"...with those moods ranging from
the free funk of Crows Nest to the enigmatic incantations
of Plastic Farm Animals to the fizzing noisescape of Whatever
Happened to the Sand People, theres a lot here to listen to
and like." - The Georgia Straight
trio display masterful songwriting, sonic meditations and straight out
grooving." - Exclaim!
CD features an excellent studio session where the trio plays compositions
mostly, in a creative jazz style that seems to owe more to New York than
to Vancouver." - Monsieur Délire
Ha's two discs provide as in-depth a portrait of the band in its current
state as one might possibly desire." - Textura
Review: Forest Gospel