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John Stowell/Dave Glenn & The Hawčaptak Quartet: Violin Memory (album review by Christa V.)

Violin Memory is a collaboration between John Stowell, an excellent jazz guitarist; Dave Glenn, a trombonist; and the Hawčaptak Quartet. The result is a unique ensemble bringing together funky jazz sounds with the smooth sound of a violin quartet. The pieces are also very unique with nine pieces arrangements of Stowell originals along with three Glenn originals and a medley tossed into the middle of the album. The best pieces manage to straddle the different sounds that the ensemble is capable of creating, utilizing the melodic aspects of the guitar or the trombone and incorporating jazzy elements of the strings. “Ghost in the Corner” represents a great use of the trombone, which is featured here, while “I Wish” features the guitar more and involves a trombone/guitar duet. “Lonely Blue Angel” is a jazzier number with a catchy beat and highlights the range of this ensemble. All in all, a very creative project with a cool sound!   Favorite tracks: 6, 8, 12, 17

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