Bunk Bed Junkie


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Check out the sweet quasi-telepathic improvisational playtime on this track! One of the most striking aspects of this recording is the delightfully loose-yet-tight ensemble interaction of these musicians, who clearly love playing together.

The tune begins with a haunting melody played on an old lonely glockenspiel, with high-pitched harmonics played on the cello and bass creeping in.

After a rousing crescendo from the drums, a lone pizzicato cello groove appears, a bit odd yet familiar. After the bass and drums join back in, a fun, angular, bouncy kind of melody is introduced played by arco cello, in a style reminiscent of classic free-jazz Eric Dolphy or Ornette Coleman with a bit of Mingus thrown in for good measure.

After this first composed section, the trio launches into a fun and free flight of fanciful improvisation with sections featuring individual soloists morphing seamlessly in and out of episodes of group improvisation.

The piece concludes with a sudden shift to a simple abstract little melody played by arco bass and cello, after which the drums drop back in with hard rock intensity, building to a striking climax to this impressive trio performance.

The playfulness and sensitivity found in the interaction of these musicians is a delight to hear! The combination of cellist Tom Kersey's unique melodic sensibility with the voluptuous groove of Watts Shimmura's upright bass work, and drummer Lance Cox's dynamic polyrhythmic escapades is a recipe for a sonic stew which one can't help but bob their head to.


released March 17, 2016
Tom Kersey - cello
Watts Shimmura - upright bass
Lance Cox - drums and glockenspiel

Composed by Tom Kersey.

Recorded and mixed by Aaron Lepley at Moontower Studio in Seminole Heights, Tampa, Florida.



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KELP Tampa, Florida

KELP is a collective of musicians who perform composed and improvised music inspired by jazz, rock, classical, and "world" music led by cellist and composer Tom Kersey (he is a bit obsessed with the Fibonacci sequence). Do you know about numbers? They are imaginary. Thanks. ... more

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