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by Cory Combs

Unexpected and original music for jazz trio, featuring Cory Combs on bass and cello, John Hollenbeck on drums and Dan Willis on sax and clarinet.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Money In Your Pocket and a Room With a View Cory Combs Trio
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2. Monk in the Red Wagon Cory Combs Trio
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3. Tiny Insects Cory Combs Trio
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4. Amnesia Cory Combs Trio
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5. The California, Wyoming Border Cory Combs Trio
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6. Foreign Postmark Cory Combs Trio
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7. Heavy Cory Combs Trio
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8. Victory Lap for the Sporting Individual Cory Combs Trio
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9. Wind Up Monkey Cory Combs Trio
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10. Know What the Dream Was? Cory Combs Trio
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11. Miyazaki Cory Combs Trio
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12. Sunny Disposition Cory Combs Trio
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13. Sometimes it all falls into place; the dogs are groomed and well Cory Combs Trio
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14. Free #4 V.2 Cory Combs Trio
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15. 1974 Cory Combs Trio
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16. Absinthe Cory Combs Trio
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17. Miyazaki Reprise Cory Combs Trio
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Album Notes
Valencia, with Cory Combs on bass and cello, John Hollenbeck on drums and Dan Willis on sax and clarinet, features twelve new compositions by Combs and five improvisations by the trio.

Each new composition spans far-reaching musical territories. Two tracks emulate the classic Brazilian bossa nova and choro styles, yet with a modern bent. The choro features Bay Area mandolin legend Mike Marshall as a guest artist. At other times the music hints at the masters that inspired Combs, from Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman, to Keith Jarrett and Astor Piazzolla.

Along with conscious tributes to the greats, the CD features music that is less easily relegated to one style. There are hints of tango, carnival music, avant-garde walls of noise, film-music textures and ragtime. There's even a short interlude where Combs accompanies his five-year-old niece as she talks about a dream.

Through this wide range, Combs hopes listeners get the larger picture he tried to create - a picture of a surreal inner world: dark, personal and slightly skewered, yet accessible and full of twists and turns.

The composed music was written with the other members of the trio in mind. John Hollenbeck's drumming is world renowned, having performed with a wide variety of artists, from Fred Hersch to Kenny Wheeler. His playing is always inspired and original, full of taste and spontaneity, drawing from a rich background of styles and sounds. His own compositions and ensembles lead the cutting edge of new jazz.

Dan Willis is a bandleader, saxophonist and woodwind doubler in the New York City area. He has played with Michael Brecker's Quindectet, John Abercrombie, Ben Monder along with many others. He has a forceful, melodic and sensitive approach to any instrument he plays. Capable of a wide range of sounds and styles, his playing always serves the music in surprising and inspiring ways.


One of 2006's finest slices of modern jazz...

-Phil DiPietro All About jazz

The Cory Combs Trio has created an eclectic album that comes highly recommended for its originality and its fresh appetite for a renewal of jazz’s growth.
- Cadence Magazine

The group evokes a rich atmosphere based on the interplay between Combs’ bass lines, Hollenbeck’s drumming and the lyrical saxophone playing of Willis.
- Wonderous Stories (Italy)

This is a great inside-outside sax-led trio date. The group is extremely tight and the energy is always there thanks to the forward motion provided by Hollenbeck who is up to his usual genius.
- WNUR 89.3 Chicago


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This CD is filled with original, beautiful, quirky, comical writing and oustandi
This CD caught my ear. I was excited by the intense energy, sound and feel from all the performer's on this recording. Cory's writing is an intriguing mish mash of different musical genres. He ventures into Brazillian Choro (smokin' mandolin/Clarinet solos) Blues (Awesome low/rich sound on the electric bass/Wailing bluesy Sax), Dance like tune (Foreign Postmark) to a clever duo between a girl telling a story and him imitating her voice on the bass, to a creepy Carnaval type tune to avant garde walls of noise.
I highly recommend this CD to anyone who wants to hear music that is original, beautiful, quirky, dark yet comical in it's nature.


This the most organic, soulful, and thoughtful music I've heard in a long time. The dichotomies between science and mysticism, astrology and botony, wisdom and abandon, solitude and longing. When I listen to this music, I can't help but feel that it is listening back.


Cory Combs continues to amaze!
You have to get this CD. Cory Combs and his group have made an amazing musical contribution. The music is original, fun, thought provoking, intense, and virtuostic. This is a young artist to watch. I can't wait to see what he will do next. Do yourself a favor and get this NOW!