Shayna Dulberger | TheKillMeTrio

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TheKillMeTrio

by Shayna Dulberger

Experimental/free jazz
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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1. Improvisation Shayna Dulberger, Darius Jones, Jason Nazary
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3:53 album only
2. Improvisation II. When I Think About You I Hate Myself Shayna Dulberger, Darius Jones, Jason Nazary
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4:54 album only
3. Killher Shayna Dulberger, Darius Jones, Jason Nazary
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6:57 album only
4. Post Explosion Shayna Dulberger, Darius Jones, Jason Nazary
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3:46 album only
5. Myopia Shayna Dulberger, Darius Jones, Jason Nazary
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6. Lowed Shayna Dulberger, Darius Jones, Jason Nazary
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7. Zeek Shayna Dulberger, Darius Jones, Jason Nazary
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8. Duct Tape Shayna Dulberger, Darius Jones, Jason Nazary
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9. Appendix Shayna Dulberger, Darius Jones, Jason Nazary
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10. I Wish I Was... Shayna Dulberger, Darius Jones, Jason Nazary
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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9/17/07 Led by bassist Shayna Dulberger, the Kill Me Trio is one of the stronger avant-jazz groups we’ve heard in some time. Dulberger, saxist Darius Jones and drummer Jason Nazary really let their music breathe—it’s tension-filled but always agile and never anxious, reminding us of classic units such as Henry Threadgill’s Air. -Time Out New York

7/7/07 When this low-key, but friendly young woman showed to play acoustic bass with Ras Moshe over the past year, I was amazed at how confident and creative her playing was/is at such a young age. Shayna's playing on the most recent disc from Ras, "Transcendence", is immensely probing and now here goes with her first disc as a leader and main composer. The oddly named TheKillMe Trio features another auspicious player named Darius Jones, who has worked with Mike Pride & William Hooker. What I dig about this disc is the way trio is so centered and well recorded with Shayna's propulsive contrabass leading the way. Four of these pieces are group improvisations and they are all intense, free and fully formed. "Improvisation II" captures the spirit of sixties free jazz with some scary bowed bass, squealing sax and swirling drums telegraphing the free structure. The other six pieces composed by Shayna are often free sounding, yet always have some inner logic or subliminal structure. On "Killher", the bass provides a central theme that begins freely and goes through different sections with great funky groove in one part as Darius shreds on his alto sax throughout the changing scenery. "Post Explosion" is a stark, suspenseful piece with the bass creating the immense drama as the sax and drums simmer and sizzle. "Myopia" is similarly structures with the bass repeating a few hypnotic notes over and over while the sax sails and squeals over the top. This is certainly a strong trio offering from a fine new trio that we should be hearing a lot about in the near future. - Bruce Lee Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery)

About the band:
This Sax, Bass, and Drums Trio was formed in Brooklyn, NY, December 2005. TheKillMeTrio was originally a joke name created by Shayna Dulberger for a show put on by "North Guinea Hills" and Matthew Mottel at "The Red and Black" in Williamsburg. There was so much talk and positive feedback from this one show that the name stuck, the band proceeded to perform in the NYC area and recorded an album of Shayna Dulberger's compositions in July 2006. The band continues to perform and regularly lists reviews in their myspace blog, calendar dates in the myspace calendar, indie websites and the All About Jazz calendar. Each musician in TheKillMeTrio performs regularly in different projects. For more info. please www.myspace.com/thekillmetrio

About the album:
TheKillMeTrio released a self titled CD of bustling originals and improvisations. Composed of Dulberger on upright bass, Darius Jones on alto saxophone and Jason Nazary on drums, the album begins quickly with Improvisation, a billowing track with large plucks at the bass met by the quick snare and aching sax. This is a marker of the music to follow, broad tracks of forward jazz. The trio converges and diverges, touching territories from full free jazz groupthink to a calmer, more melodic post-bop, often on the same piece. Citing influences from Fugazi to William Parker, Dulberger and her trio siphon a broad pallet of musical tastes and backgrounds into a cohesive and evolving album.


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Lane Stephens

Free-Jazz for the 21st Century.
Anachronistic yet visionary. TheKillMeTrio dip from the deepest of free-jazz wells and come up with buckets of overflowing goodness; echoing such masters as Coleman, Ayler and Lowe. Don't get me wrong, The KillMeTrio are just as creative as they are steeped in tradition. In this recipe they mix in their own special blend of well- honed neo-jazz, as well as a bit of punk attitude. And while TheKillMeTrio are talented, they don't let that get in their way too much.