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(Sit In) The Throne of Friendship

(Sit In) The Throne of Friendship by Nate Wooley
Released: Jul 2013
Label: Clean Feed
In which the avant-trumpeter adds a tuba to the group that cut (Put Your) Hands Together. His core ensemble has gelled a bit too; even though this is one of Wooley's more "swinging" bands, they're a little wilder this time out (as you can hear on the potent opener "Old Man on the Farm"). Likewise, the tuba solo on "Make Your Friend Feel Loved" ranges from extended free-weird tones to a no-foolin' groove theme. Also of note are the leader's nervy, bluesy features on "My Story, My Story," and "Sweet and Sad Consistency." The balance struck between abstraction and form is exquisite throughout.
Seth Colter Walls