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The Reese Project: Eastern Standard Time

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The four piece combo who call themselves The Reese Project create a musical dialogue that is lively and harmoniously wheedled as the roving flutters of flutist Tom Reese are supported by the easy going tapping of drummer Aaron Walker and the fluid spins of guitarist Bobby Brewer and cellist Laurie Reese. The group’s latest effort Eastern Standard Time is a culmination of avant-based décor, melodic entangklements, vibrant exchanges, and orchestral polished jaunts. The foursome move every place imaginable on the chamber jazz spectrum without ever venturing off into dissension. All the elements work in agreement through the changes and progressions enabling the group to move as a solid unit while making space for individual expressions. Like a chain-gang. The Reese Project are tethered to one another and where one goes, the others soon follow.

The exchanges between the flute and guitar are often very active like in “Just Friends” stimulating tides of vacillation and spreads of bountiful buds. The ribbons of swirling twits from the flute and bouncy guitar patterns in “Alone Together” and “Heads Up & Gone” produce an amicable dialogue as the cello kneads into the melodic motions. The album turns more relaxing and pensive in the balladry frames of “Blue Dali” and “Meditation” and then rises up to a party mix in the swinging jaunts of “Out Of Nowhere.”

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