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"Crude Jazz" from the Toronto trio of Jean Haynes on ukulele, Jean Martinon suitcase, and Ryan Driver on street-sweeper bristle bass, lovely bare-bones jazz using makeshift instruments, captured live in Vancouver.

Martin, Haynes and Driver
Freedman at Western Front

Martin, Haynes and Driver: Freedman at Western Front (Barnyard)
Label: Barnyard    
Released in: Canada    

"Freedman at Western Front is crude jazz, if we may put it bluntly. Not that there is anything unrefined about it. It's just that the instruments are decidedly makeshift. Jean Martin's instrument (the suitcase), in addition to being a wonderful "drum kit", is perfect for touring. It can easily fit Justin Haynes' ukulele and Ryan Driver's street-sweeper bristle bass (which is literally a metal bristle from a street-sweeper brush played on the edge of a table and amplified with a contact mic) with plenty of room left over for clothing and toiletries. The trio plays the music of Myk Freedman, New York-based composer of idiosyncratic jazz music and lap-steel player for St. Dirt Elementary School (among other projects). The Martin, Haynes and Driver performance featured on this record was captured at The Western Front in Vancouver, BC. It was a high point in their 2008(?) cross-Canada tour.

Indeed, Martin is more known for his work on the drum kit proper, Haynes as a guitarist, and Driver for various other things, but this pared-down trio exposes the bare bones of jazz and revels in the new possibilities and challenges set upon them by the collective limitations of their tools. The music is fascinating in its simplicity and its complexity, its banality and its unbridled creativity."-Barnyard Records

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Product Information:

UPC: 777320167521

Label: Barnyard
Catalog ID: BR 0317
Squidco Product Code: 16342

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded before a live audience in the Grande Luxe at the Western Front in Vancouver, B.C. on May 8th, 2009.


Justin Haynes-ukulele

Jean Martin-suitcase

Ryan Driver-street-sweeper bristle bass

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2. Hay (The Kind for Horses) 5:05

3. NewRonto 7:07

4. Charlie Parker Wouldn't Like You Either 4:32

5. Suburbs 5:13

6. Clicking With The Clique 6:28

7. I Am Trapped On A Ship That Has Already Sunk 6:37

8. My Children's Song 4:45

9. Plants And Animals 6:49