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Label: Smash The State!
Heading Back; I.o.u.S.; Actual Strut; Shock (11.09.16); Bring Yourself Back; Dray Break Express; Are You Trying (To Get Me Killed)?; Selfconsciously-lee; Bass Song; Sworn To Sonny
John Schott: guitar; Dan Seamans: double bass; John Hanes: drums
Guitarist/Composer John Schott’s group ACTUAL TRIO celebrates the February 23 release of ACT II, the group’s sophomore release, with a concert at The Backroom in Berkeley. Ranging from joyful tributes to Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz and the Golden State Warriors to an anguished response to the 2016 election, the disc solidifies and deepens the Bay Area trio’s singular identity. Bassist Dan Seamans (New Klezmer Trio, Lost Trio), and drummer John Hanes (Henry Kaiser, Victor Krummenacher) provide the foundation for Schott’s adventurous-but-accessible compositions, marrying deep pockets and joyful swing to wayward harmonies and spontaneous excursions. As with their Tzadik debut, the new album was produced by Hans Wendl, whose production credits include Don Byron, Charlie Haden, Ravi Shankar, and Bill Frisell, and recorded at Berkeley’s legendary Fantasy Studios.