Textiles feat. Pete Wall 12.7.12
Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge
Words & Photos By Brad Yeakel
There were several things that made this outfit unique. For starters, Pete Wall... This guy plays sax with excellent tone, swift dexterity, fierce intensity and jazzy tension and he does it with an ease that reminds me of Ron Burgundy wooing Veronica Corningstone. He is extremely comfortable performing... And I'm guessing has a touch more humor than you'd find in a typical jazzman. He and his bandmates joked with each other often between songs, not for our entertainment, mostly for their own and that made the vibe lighter. The second thing that makes them one of a kind, is that they had no guitar. The lineup was drums, bass, piano/keys, producer/sound sculptor and sax. Whoa, whoa, whoa... producer/ sound sculptor?!? In a jazz band?! What? Yes... The next thing that makes them unique is their producer, who laid down subtle beat tracks, jazz hooks and funk riffs, within the context of their groove. It's cool because you almost miss it at first and then you start to hear that subtle difference that is an update to yesterday's jazz. He has also created his own instrument, which looked like a Moog Voyager mated with an Atari. Not only is it one of the most unusual instruments I've seen, but he played it in a way that was a step up from Futureman's synth-ax-drum-itar.
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