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.
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
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.