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Velvet Coup

by Loose Wig

Original, modern jazz, infused with emotion and excitement. These ground-breaking original compositions titillate the ear with spontaneous improvisational twists and turns at both the soloist and quartet level.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Ann Uncompromised
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2. Border
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3. Bagayogo
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4. Sweetback
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5. Revengers
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6. A Faint Glimmer In Remembrance
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7. TT Riddler
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8. October Mood
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9. Night Light
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10. The Sound Of Midnight
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11. Velvet Coup
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Album Notes
Loose Wig is a Bay Area based, contemporary jazz quartet that plays ground-breaking original compositions mixed with a few choice jazz standards. Loose Wig just released two new albums, Live at the Jazz School and Velvet Coup, both of which can be found on CD Baby (cdbaby.com) and iTunes (itunes.com).

Recorded at Berkeley’s San Pablo Recorders, this groundbreaking collection includes all original compositions! Loose Wig turned a musical corner with this album, playing with an edgy, inspired and enthusiastic energy.


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Scott Yanow

Velvet Coup - adventuresom and pleasurable
Loose Wig is a quartet of adventurous jazz musicians who are based in the San Francisco area. Their frontline is formed by tenor-saxophonist Ben Fajen and guitarist Mike Abraham while bassist Sam Bevan and drummer Bryan Bowman have very active roles, making the group into a true musical democracy.

On Velvet Coup, Loose Wig performs 11 group originals; eight by Bevan, two from Bowman and one by Abraham. The music could be called modern post bop jazz in that, while the improvising is chordal-based, the compositions, structures and rhythmic accents are complex and fresh. These are not the type of tunes that are heard at typical jam sessions!

The music swings in its own way, with the saxophonist and the guitarist often playing the tricky melodies in unison. The opening “Ann Uncompromised” has Fajen and Abraham trading and echoing each others ideas almost instantly. The interplay between the musicians (they all have big ears) is apparent throughout this set, whether it is the jazz waltz “Sweetback,” the ominous-sounding “Revencers” (which has a pattern in 5/4 stated by bassist Bevan), the spooky ensemble ballad “A Faint Glimmer In Remembrance,” or the post bop swinging of “The Sound Of Midnight.”

Fajen’s cool tone and Abraham’s versatility, along with the tight rhythm section, make even the most complex music on Velvet Coup seem accessible. Recommended.

Scott Yanow
(Review written for L.A. Jazz Scene magazine —
Scott has written ten books, including The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76)