What We Live / Especially the Traveller Tomor
Album: Especially the Traveller Tomor   Collection:Jazz
Artist:What We Live   Added:Sep 2002

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2002-10-07 Pull Date: 2002-12-09 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Nov 24 Nov 17 Nov 3 Oct 27 Oct 20
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 15, 2006: Memory Select - guest Amy X. Neuburg
Especially the Traveller Tomorrow [excerpt: coda]
4. Oct 07, 2004: Umami Jazz Program
Xanic Rides
2. Feb 04, 2005: Memory Select
As Yet Unknown
5. Feb 20, 2004: Memory Select
As Yet Unknown
3. Oct 08, 2004: Memory Select
Spelled Backwards, Especially the Traveller Tomorrow [excerpt], As Yet Unknown
6. Nov 22, 2002: Memory Select
As Yet Unknown

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2002-10-03

Local free-jazz trio that creates improvised journeys, staying in the jazz motif but with plenty of wandering. Overall they seem to go for a gently flowing sound, but they’re capable of the blurry energy of, say, Peter Brotzmann. Makes for great late-night listening, just a little bit dark and serious.

This is the group’s sixth album. Drummer Donald Robinson is a particular treat, with subtle and tasteful fills and the occasional extroverted break. Larry Ochs (of ROVA Saxophone Quartet) gets unavoidably squeaky on sopranino sax but has a nice meaty sound on tenor. Bassist Lisle Ellis, who’s the founder of the trio, alternates between simple grooves and expansive wandering.

All tracks start rather quiet but build well.

1- Shrill and towering at the start, nice. Drum solo, then a percolating midtempo groove.
2- Nice slow groove w/squawky sax that’s sometimes an awkward fit
3- Low-level disjoint groove
4- Falls into a midtempo bass groove. At -32:00, starts an aggressive tenor-sax segment. Kind of a cookin’ ending.

Track Listing
1. As Yet Unknown   3. Xanic Rides
2. Spelled Backwards   4. Especially the Traveller ...