Tin Fish Tango
With Tin Fish Tango, composer/trombonist Mark McGrain débuts ten new pieces and three collaborative trio improvisations. With him are fellow New Orleanians Tim Green, saxophones, and James Singleton, bass. Dirty Dozen Brass Band sousaphonist, Kirk Joseph jumps in on two tracks (#3. Huff-A-Round and #6, Big Bhang Theory) and Tom Fitzpatrick, saxophones, replaces Tim Green on 6 of the 13 tracks. McGrain's compositions continue on the course of "less is more" while melding memorable themes with open improvisation. Adventurous; while remaining elegantly economical to the end, Tin Fish Tango may be Plunge's most complete recording to date. DownBeat music critic John McDonough describes Plunge's sound this way: "Tenor and trombone create a scrupulously pristine musical pastel, reminiscent of Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson, perhaps, but with a far more risky and adventurous agenda (4 stars)." Aaron LaFont of OffBeat Magazine, "exhilarating, post-bop fare suffuse with tight, interlocking melodies and cool, nimble grooves." "A wonderfully courageous and risky," writes Jordan Richardson of Blogcritics.org, "unsafe in the best of ways . . . a group in full command of their art." And in the words of Doug Ramsey (ArtsJournal/Rifftides), 'Plunge is among the best post-Katrina jazz developments in New Orleans music.' Bassist JAMES SINGLETON is a stalwart of the New Orleans music scene whose performance and recording credits include James Booker, Professor Longhair, Johnny Vidacovich, John Cleary, Astral Project, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, John Scofield, and Dave Liebman, to name only a few. Saxophonist TIM GREEN is one of the finest saxophone players in New Orleans, and one of the most sought after musicians around the country for both session work and gigs. Tim has worked with Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel, Cyril Neville, Robert Walter, Anders Osborne, Juanita Brooks, and countless others. TOM FITZPATRICK is a native New Orleanian and life-long professional saxophonist. A long-time member of Walter "Wolfman" Washington's band, The Road Masters, Tom is one of the funkiest (and busiest) reed players at work in the Crescent City. KIRK JOSEPH is a founding member, and long time anchor of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. He has defined modern New Orleans tuba playing. The son of legendary New Orleans trombonist Waldren "Frog" Joseph, Kirk grew up playing traditional jazz and second-line street music. He gradually incorporated components of modern jazz, funk, blues, and rock & roll into his own personal style -- a style that has influenced tuba and bass players around the world. Trombonist and Composer MARK McGRAIN, has lived and performed in New Orleans since 1996. During that time, he has appeared with Irma Thomas, John Boutte, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Medeski, Martin & Wood, and many others. His resume also includes scoring for PBS, private commissions and commercial ad spots; a long-time faculty member at Berklee College of Music, author of the textbook Music Notation (Hal. Leonard pub.).