Tiny Resistors

June 10, 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 10, 2008
  • Label: Cryptogramophone
  • Copyright: 2008 Cryptogramophone
  • Total Length: 1:08:21
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  • ASIN: B001BWRFMC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,692 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Etan Rosenbloom on July 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I was a huge fan of Todd Sickafoose's Blood Orange, but this one trumps it methinks. Those who dismiss it for concentrating too much on mood are missing the depth of the arrangements here. The first track alone contains an album's worth of textural cross-currents, with brass, violin, multiple guitars, piano and drums blooming in ever-growing floral patters -- the "Future Flora" of the title. There's some Fela Kuti omni-funk to be found on a track like "Warm Stone," and again the groove is overflowing with texture and tons of rhythmic combo-punches. Sickafoose's melodies on "Invisible Ink, Revealed" and "Everyone Is Going" curl quizzically, or "like a couple of question marks" (to quote Ani DiFranco, who guests on the indomitable cosmic jam "Bye Bye Bees" and impossibly bittersweet elegy "Pianos of the 9th Ward" -- that trumpet sounds like it's weeping). Andrew Bird slides in to the mix just beautifully, swooping gracefully with his violin, adding color here and there with that inimitable whistling of his. You will find many jewels of solos on Tiny Resistors, most of the "dude sensitively exploring the crevices of a groove and chord" variety, and I can't identify a single musician on the album who isn't pulling his/her own weight. Sickafoose has assembled a terrific, out-of-the-box group, pitched somewhere between a big-band and chamber-jazz ensemble, and he's headed towards new places with it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Williams on July 16, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
This album has some great compositions. My favs are Future Flora, Invisible Ink Revealed, Bye Bye Bees (with Andrew Bird and Ani Di Franco), Warm Stone, and Tiny Resistors. I'd liken this album to Bill Frisell's "Unspeakable" in its tone/mood. Fans of J A Granelli and Mr Lucky, or Slow Poke, or Ralph Alessi & This Against That, Kneebody, or Kurt Rosenwinkle will likely appreciate this CD. In other words, it's kind of heavy on the guitar, with the horn section adding color. We're not talking jazz standards with chord changes every four bars, everyone taking turns soloing. This is more about, not to sound like a hippie, but a good groove with melodies that speak more coherently than the usual play-as-fast-as-you-can crap.
Here's who's on this cd:
Shane Endsley - trumpet
Ben Wendel - tenor sax, bassoon
Alan Ferber - trombone
Skerik - baritone sax
Adam Levy - guitar, acoustic guitar
Mike Gamble - guitar, effects
Allison Miller - drums, percussion
Simon Lott - drums, percussion
Todd Sickafoose - acoustic & electric bass, piano, wurlitzer, vibraphone, marimba, bells, celeste, accordion
Andrew Bird - violin & looping, whistling
Ani DiFranco - voice, telephone mic, electric ukelele

Get it, or at least download the tracks that sound cool to you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Juan on July 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Never mind the music this guy's played with Jenny Scheinman, Ani DiFranco, and whomever, and let's forget the "jazz" and other genre boxes, too. This is big, winding, playful instrumental music brought to bear by virtuosic musicianship, always poking into interesting places without falling into the trap of being cold or nerdy. Colorful palette and colorful melodic destinations. I love this stuff. Sure, it's hip and sort of a product of the "downtown" Manhattan scene, but play this for your 5-year-old and see how he or she gets down to it!
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Format: Audio CD
Saw Tiny Resistors in Philly a couple weeks ago. Had never heard of them or Todd before but I'm very happy I went. I recommend this CD to all my friends who have a curious or receptive ear.
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