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The Wee Trio

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The Wee Trio

The Wee Trio is a collaborative musical exploration consisting of vibraphonist James Westfall

James Westfall
b.1981
vibraphone
, bassist Dan Loomis
Dan Loomis
Dan Loomis

bass
, and drummer Jared Schonig. In what started as a regular collective of Brooklyn musicians who got together to jam, chemistry quickly formed and thus was born The Wee Trio....
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”'Lightning in a bottle'” is an excellent metaphor for The Wee Trio's Capitol Diner Vol. 1, given how the music crackles like high-tension wires in a rainstorm.” “grabs the listener by the lapels and yanks-hard.” --J Hunter, All About Jazz

“James Westfall, Dan Loomis, and Jared Schonig play with fervent audacity, stretching the kinetic limits of their respective instruments.” --Troy Collins, All About Jazz

“The Wee Trio often veers from the expected...questioning the rules of jazz orthodoxy. They keep the music substantive and riddled with direction surprises. Definitely a group to watch. “ --Peter Margasak, Downbeat

“A winning debut” “as true to the jazz tradition as it is to their freewheeling tastes.” --Siddhartha Mitter, The Boston Globe

“The Wee Trio consists of jazzmen who grew up on rock 'n' roll and aren't afraid to play it.With James Westfall's vibes in the forefront, the group has a fresh sound, and bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Jared Schonig flow like the tides. Wee's sound is not wee, it's huge “ --San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the year’s most riveting albums...” --Jay Miller, The Patriot Ledger

“The Wee Trio have found a unique slant, not only in their vibes/bass/drums instrumentation but in their lyrical songwriting and flowing interaction.” Shaun Brady, The Philadelphia Daily News

“an immediate musical simpatico” Keith Spera Times Picayunne

“Bulging with even more muscular jazz chops than the Bad Plus but displaying more earthbound taste than the late, lamented E.S.T., the Brooklyn-based Wee Trio makes a larger than wee splash on its debut.” --Kevin R. Convey, The Boston Herald

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