Kombu Combo Jazz & World Music
The Tracks: "Brazilian Waxx" is an Afro-Cuban ¾-time piece that features fluent and highly-appealing soprano vibes leading the ensemble. Composer Norm Dorrell says: "the idea came from a traditional Brazilian street samba. I was playing with the melody on the marimba, and I realized that it was in ¾-time, which is unusual for a samba...it evolved from there." The musicians' pure energy and precision are highlighted in the heated solos of Sean Holz's original, "Descent" - which has a menacing and funky rhythm. Few other groups would give John Coltrane's "Equinox" a 'nawlins parade rhythm, while also hinting at Latin jazz and funk. Miles Davis' "Milestones" is given a hard-swinging treatment. The Musicians: John DiGiovanni: John DiGiovanni, the band's creator, began on the drums when he was seven, became interested in fusion a decade later, entering the jazz door by listening to Chick Corea, Tony Williams Lifetime and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. He has since carved out an impressive and eclectic career, working with many blues, r&b and rock bands, accompanying creative singer/songwriters, and bringing all of his diverse experiences to his infectious jazz playing. John is also owner and operator of Marsh Road Studios, where Kombu's recordings take place. Bob Colligan: Bassist Bob Colligan is described by John as "one of the finest bass players in the area, an incredible player". He started on guitar, switched to electric bass, earned a Masters degree in classical instrument performance from Temple University, and has since stayed very busy as both a player and an educator. Norm Dorrell: Norm is the band's mallet player who performs on vibes, marimbas and percussion. He is perhaps best known for his work with the group F.O.I. (Flying on Instruments), a quartet that he co-leads with saxophonist Kevin Brace, Norm brings original compositions and new arrangements to the band, constantly expanding and refreshing the repertoire. Sean Holz: Guitarist Sean Holz can play anything under the sun from Hendrix and Zappa to Miles Davis. Having developed his own original and flexible tone, Sean's playing is instantly recognizable and a major asset to Kombu, both as a composer, soloist and for his work in the band's ensembles. A graduate of the University of the Arts who earned a degree in Jazz Studies, Sean teaches at Pro Musica Studio, as does John DiGiovanni. Frank McKitty: Saxophonist Frank McKitty has worked in many musical settings during the past 25 years including with Eddie Daniels, Bobby Shew, Loren Schoenberg, Latin bands, society orchestras and his own quartet. He plays tenor, alto, baritone, soprano, flute and even oboe very well, which makes him a particularly valuable part of Kombu.