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Hobbs Trio, Jim

Hobbs Trio, Jim : Babadita (Silkheart)
Label: Silkheart    
Released in: Sweden    

"He's absorbed Ornette's style of playing without copying it. He's really taking harmolodics in a new direction," says Bern Nix (former Coleman Prime Time guitarist) about alto saxist Jim Hobbs of the Fully Celebrated Orchestra, a collective ensemble with bassist Timo Shanko and drummer Django Carranza (appearing on their debut Silkheart CD Babadita).

What initially led Hobbs to listen to Coleman's early trio recordings was his fascination with trumpeter Don Cherry. "I liked the way he would smear a bebop line," said Hobbs. After hearing Cherry on Coleman's landmark This Is Our Music, Hobbs immersed himself in Cherry's efforts, listening to Orient, Where's Brooklyn? and Symphony for the Improvisers. From these recordings, he went on to investigate the duos between Cherry and Ed Blackwell.

Through his studies with Joe Viola and George Garzone at Berklee College of Music, Hobbs began to expand his sax techniques into an understanding of musical concepts. At the center of Hobbs' thinking is a sense of humor and parody. "I learned to play a serious vibrato which I turned into my own sarcastic vibrato," said Hobbs.

There's also an appreciation for melody and intense energy in Hobbs' voicings which harks back to his earlier years before he discovered the late Coltrane period and Duke Ellington's suites. "Willie Nelson holds a big influence over me as a song stylist, I like the way he carries a melody. Before I got into jazz, I listened to a lot of heavy metal. It had a lot of energy, but the improvisation in jazz gave me more room on sax," said Hobbs.

The Fully Celebrated Orchestra began in 1986 with Hobbs, Shanko and drummer Ray Anthony. The Orchestra (as it was then known) played on the streets and Boston's Harvard Square for change. They later added trombonist James P. Callahan III and became The Fully Celebrated Orchestra. When Anthony left to go on the road with bluesman Eddie Kirkland, Carranza joined the group.

Hobbs and Shanko previously met Carranza while playing in Mackie Burnett's calypso band, Panorama. Some of their use of nursery rhyme motifs derives from their experience with steel pan drummer Burnett. After five years in Boston, Hobbs and Shanko decided to move to New York City, where they played in the trio Endangered Species with drummer Gerard Faroux. Playing at Visiones and Lower East Side venues in New York City, they developed a following among the alternative rock crowd. Keith Knox at Silkheart learned of Hobbs by listening to a demo tape of a rock band in which Hobbs had recently replaced tenor saxist Gary Joynes (whom producer Bruce Morris had recommended to Knox). Fascinated with Hobbs' alto playing, Knox solicited demo tapes of The Fully Celebrated Orchestra."-from the liner notes

"Jim Hobbs was born and raised in north-eastern Indiana at the convergence of three rivers. He is a recipient of the Doris Duke New Works Grant for composition from Chamber Music America. After a childhood of chewing hay and catching salamanders he began playing the saxophone. He received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he majored in composition. It was there that he met bassist Timo Shanko and started the Fully Celebrated Orchestra (FCO), which has released 10+ recordings on various labels including Silkheart, Skycap and Innova. FCO is also the subject of a children's book. He has performed and recorded with Joe Morris, Luther Gray, Taylor Ho Bynum, Bill Lowe, The Jazz Composers Alliance, Forbes Graham, The Prodigal Suns, Mackie Burnett, Fred Hopkins, Laurence Cook, Jon Voight, Junko Simons, Nightstick, The Death's Head Quartet, Josh Roseman, Curtis Hasselbring, The Lunch Factor, Laura Andel, Brother Blue and many others."

-All About Jazz (

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UPC: B000001MHT

Label: Silkheart
Catalog ID: SHCD 133
Squidco Product Code: 9601

Format: CD
Condition: New
Country: Sweden
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by Nicholas Prout on January 19, 20, 1993 at House of Music, Studio A, West Orange, NJ.


Jim Hobbs-alto saxophone

Timo Shanko-bass

Django Carranza-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Off Blue Shirt (Jim Hobbs) 5:49

2. A Possé (Timo Shanko) 4:00

3. Balderama-Lama-Ding-Dong (Jim Hobbs) 3:42

4. Chandini (Jim Hobbs) 4:36

5. B. Now C. (Timo Shanko) 3:10

6. Devil Sews Expensive Clothes (Jim Hobbs) 5:04

7. Quit Stallin' (Timo Shanko) 5:19

8. Pulaski Skyway (Jim Hobbs) 2:06

9. The Moon, a Star and a Little Red Car (Jim Hobbs) 7:09

10. The Ol' Pick and Roll (Jim Hobbs) 5:40

11. V (Jim Hobbs) 2:08

12. (Up Against a Wall) With a Chicken Wing (Jim Hobbs) 4:56

13. Babadita (Jim Callahan) 7:45

14. Travel Song (Jim Hobbs) 4:45

15. Bad Medicine (Jim Hobbs) 4:30

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