3ology | Out of the Depths

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Out of the Depths

by 3ology

Out of the Depths is a mish mash of genres blending jazz, free improvisation, world, and funk into one unique sound featuring sax/bass/drums augmented with Jamaican chat and didgeridoo.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Free Jazz
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1. The 4 Reasons Pt. I
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2. Underground Roots
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3. Juan Avarco - Ode to a Shrub
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4. Bart's Day Off
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5. Opium Den
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6. Out of the Depths
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7. Trailer Funk for 5 and Up
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8. Confusing the Masses
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9. The 4 Reasons Pt. II
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10. The 4 Reasons Pt. III
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11. I'll Give You a Reason to Cry
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12. If You Need Us, We'll Be Out Here
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
3ology’s second studio offering, “Out of the Depths,” their first on CMW Records, is an expansion of the jazz-based sound established on their debut recording. It is also a collaboration of close friends showing the Colorado-based groups’ capacity for new directions.

The sax/bass/drums trio of brothers Doug and Tim Carmichael and Jon Powers is augmented by the addition of Milo Fortes’ Jamaican-style chat and Scott “Gusty” Christensen’s didgeridoo on a handful of tracks. The recording gives new insight into the groups’ compositional abilities while continuing to showcase their joy of exploring free improvisation.

The tone for “Out of the Depths” was set by a boating accident the weekend before the recording was made in which Tim, Doug and their father nearly drowned. “They say some of the best art comes from tragedy,” Doug Carmichael reflects. As a result, everyone came to the studio with a different perspective – a thankful perspective.

Once again, Heath Hardesty of Eveningtide Studios and Jessica Broom of Sweet Apple Designs have contributed their considerable talents to help create a sort of memoir to the event.

This recording also represents the beginning of an exciting partnership between 3ology and Creative Music Works, a non-profit organization based in Colorado dedicated to perpetuating and increasing the awareness of creative music.


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Jon Powers

The Run-off Groove 2008-10-23
The guys in the jazz group known as 3ology have branched out into a bit of hip-hop, and Out Of The Depths (Creative Music Works) is a chance for the group to expand their audience with new twists into their already complex sound.

In some of the tracks they feature rapper Milo Fortes, who does straightforward raps before mixing it up by seeking hip-hop's Jamaican roots. The combination has him and the group sound like some of the acid jazz bands of the early 1990's, such as Groove Collective. I'm not sure if all of his rhymes are pre-written, as some of them truly sounds off the head, giving him and the group a bit of freedom to interact with each other. One thing I like about 3ology recordings is that it has a live feel, so it doesn't sound as manufactured as a lot of hip-hop seems to sound these days. Another addition to their sound is Scott Christensen, who handles the didgeridoo and also does a bit of percussion. He appears in all of the tracks that feature Fortes, along with "I'll Give You A Reason To Cry", and at times it sounds like older Jamiroquai where the didgeridoo was also incorporated.

The rest of the album is the core trio (Jon Powers on drums, Doug Carmichael on sax, and Tim Carmichael on bass) doing what they do best, finding themselves through their musicianship, improvising, and somehow creating a master plan without words. As with their debut album, they go through a wide spectrum of jazz, so if you want a more abrasive bebop, they do it. When they venture into fusion with occasional vacations into free jazz, you'll hear that. When they want to keep things locked on the one with solid funk, they do it extremely well. The capability to play formally and freely shows their talents as musicians and improvisers, they can go by the book or burn it while chanting around it. "Bart's Day Off", "Confusing The Masses", and the 8-minute title track are mind blowing, and I for one would love to hear how these guys do it in a live setting. As with their first album, this album was recorded live in the studio with the interaction between each of them obvious in the way they play. These guys could and should become a personal favorite for many new fans, the kind of group people will want to follow for years to come.

Jon Powers

Colorado Music Buzz 2008-11-01
When I asked members of 3ology what would be your dream gig if you could play with anyone, it was nice to hear that after throwing in a Coltrane reference and a location of any European hang out, the music of 3ology is really what they are all about.

The jazz trio consists of brothers Doug and Tim Carmichael, sax and acoustic/electric bass respectively, and friend Jon Powers on drums. Briefly playing in a group called Brass Monkeys based out of Fort Collins, they stayed in touch long enough to create 3ology which led to their first CD recording.

Their second release, Out of the Depths, brings new airy rhythms to their non-flashy, down to earth, true ‘collective’ way of playing with Milo Fortes’ Jamaican-style, and Scott “Gusty” Christensen’s didgeridoo pumping in a unique style.

“We went into it with a similar concept as the first CD – free improvisation – with the exception of a few ideas we’d worked out in advance w/ Gusty and Milo which brought a more world beat flavor to the basic trio sound.”

Out of the Depths is more than appropriately named as Jon tells me of a near tragic accident just a week before recording began. “Tim and Doug almost drowned in a reservoir in southern Colorado and when they recorded they were simply excited to be alive and in each others’ company. The product reflects some of this dark, yet grateful, flavor as a result of this life changing experience.”


About working with Creative Music Works, Jon informs, “The opportunity to be a part of CMW Records is very special to us. To have someone believe in our music and partner with us in getting it out there is a great feeling. Creative Music Works has been such an integral part of the Colorado music scene for years and we hope that we can be a part of helping music appreciation spread even more in this area.”

When asked how jazz has impacted your life as opposed to any other genre of music, all of 3ology had something to say.

Jon: “It is a music that can require self-actuation in a deep way just as life does.”

Tim: “In jazz you truly get the vibe that great musicians have learned not just music but a language.”

Doug: “Jazz not only gives freedom but also allows us to embrace the beautiful structures that work so well for artists ranging from James Brown to Brahms.”

The future of 3ology?

Collectively: “It would be fantastic to see this group playing all over the world and sharing this creative music with the masses.”
Become the masses of Colorado and head out to see 3ology in action!

Peter John McLean

ear-candy
I want to get rid of all my furniture. “But
why, Peter?” you ask. So I can throw sweet
cocktail parties to the new 3ology self-issued
album, Out of the Depths. This is my kind
of jazz. Maybe it’s because I’m a closet hip
hop enthusiast, and when the beat stops and
I start hearing rhymes about MCs falling to
the ground in the middle of my cocktail party
music, I get a little excited.
I usually don’t mix vocals with my jazz,
but my heart skips a beat when 3ology does
it. Out of the Depths has a very different feel
from a lot of the jazz currently produced, like
Stanton Moore, for instance. I like him, but
he’s upbeat, hip and, well, jazzy; good music to
clean your house to, not so good to read a book
to, or in my case, throw a cocktail party.
I listened to the tracks from beginning to
end, not out of the normal willpower that drives
music enthusiasts to hear an album through,
but because I felt that stopping prematurely
would be like skipping the last chapter of Alice
in Wonderland. I couldn’t suspend the story,
disregard the resolution – I had gone too far, I
was in too deep.
The saxophone soothes the soul and
relaxes the listener with a seductive sense of
wisdom, leading you through ups and downs,
through relentless tracks of hip hop lyrics over
rhythmic bop movements, and then back to
saxophone. Ridiculous. Cocktail party’s at my
house this time.