Some'tet

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In April 2013, guitarist/composer Michael Whitmore began a weekly residency at the Snapdragon Café on Vashon Island, Washington. Over the next few years this ‘Sunday night jam’ grew into a full-blown ensemble … the whole jazz, post-jazz kit and caboodle -- Barry Cooper on trumpet/flugelhorn, Dianne Krouse on alto & tenor sax/clarinet, Patrick Christie on upright bass, Dodd Johnson on drums/percussion and vocalist Christine Goering.

Sometimes a quartet, sometimes a sextet, a trio, but always Some’tet …

The music is both composed and improvised. The overall sound is mellow, almost west coast cool, with moments of intense invention. Add a dollop of American primitivism, clusters of neo-bossanova rhythms, the occasional art song, a torch song, some very soulful vocals and there you have it. Think 60’s era jazz meets Twin Peaks, dancing in Rio de Janeiro to a slow jam with a whiskey & soda in hand and your Nana is catering the gig under a yellow hoodoo moon. Check out Some’tet’s new six song EP “Steps.”