Grown in a shack of South Jersey woodchips, honed on the workbench of New Hampshire attitude and matured in the kiln of West Philly motivation, Dave Mattock and company have taken what was left of jukebox groove, twisted out the nostalgia, and un-seized the pumping engine of funk lust. 3 years and a lot of sweat went into the production you are now hearing. From NYC to Rehoboth to Nashua, The Tap Room Trio has overdriven their music into all quarters left for dead. Nowhere can their sound be found that isn’t mindful of the whiskey and dirty jokes their followers love. Without the nasty, you’re just hearing lame ass jazz. The Tap Room Trio is NEVER without the nasty.
The duality of the Tap Room Trio is apparent on this drive: two sets, two bands. Such diversity would pull apart the less attuned ensemble but the denominator of Dave Mattock holds together what no man can put asunder. Mattock is the epitome of duality, his hands separate and rejoin on the organ with the finesse and cruelty of opaque lovers fighting in the dark on the other side of the bar, sounds that seem to dance and battle with the purpose of making up, but continue to fight anyway (it makes getting back together that much better.)
Aided first by Matt Smallcomb and Jason Klinke (drums and guitar, respectively) the trio attains intuitive balance, earthy flow and passionate sparring through each selection. They function with the lilt of steeplejacks on a 7-day bender, never looking down, back or up. Always forward.
The second trio: Mattock, Josh Orlando and Greg Kettinger (again, drums and guitar, respectively) choose to surgically eviscerate each selection with the accuracy of blokes shooting Fives, laughing at the cadaver of time and harmony they are using for a foot rail.
Don’t be fooled by The Tap Room Trio name. “Trio” may conjure late night sessions, smoky bars, fedoras, and martinis in hand for the over-romanced, nostalgic, jazz wanna-be. If so, you are in the wrong place, my friend. This is modernity of music, mind, and madness. A cascading flux of funk and soul with the hardcore improv heart of a busy city street – like staring out the window of the express on the El, hundreds of stories whizzing past you - different tales, same moral.
December 5, 2011
The Tap Room Trio-Live in Time
1. Breakdown (Mattock)
2. The Shaw Shuffle (Mattock)
3. The way you make me feel (Michael Jackson)
4. A Matterapat (Dr. Lonnnie Smith)
5. Play it back (Dr. Lonnie Smith)
6. Jan Jan (M. Davis/Grant Green)
7. Chank (John Scofield)
8. Roof over my head (Mattock)
9. Who can I turn to? (Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley)
10. Caravan (Juan Tizol/Duke Ellington)
11. Spinning Wheel (David Clayton-Thomas)
Dave Mattock, organ
Jason Klinke, guitar
Matt Smallcomb, drums
Dave Mattock, organ
Greg Kettinger, guitar
Josh Orlando, drums
Recorded live on June 24th and July 14th, 2011 at Time Restaurant, Philadelphia PA.
Recorded by Tom Laskas, BigBarn
Mixed by Chris Sulit, Trading 8s Studio, Paramus, NJ
Visual design by Meredith Brenner
Thanks to Terrance Leach and Jason Evenchik at Time for allowing us set to up an excessive amount of gear in the middle of the bar for this recording, and for giving us the opportunity to play jazz as loud and out as we want on a regular basis. Thanks to Tom Laskas for his support, great ideas, and for putting up with me calling him every day about this. Thanks to all of the people who have come out to see us over the years; it would be really weird if no one was there. And lastly thanks to our friends and family for all of your positive energy, creative feedback and unending support.