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Album Review

Accordion virtuoso Will Holshouser fashions an offbeat, richly textured trio concept on Reed Song, teaming with trumpeter Ron Horton and double bassist David Phillips (drummer Kevin Norton guests on two tracks). There's a wonderfully romantic quality to these ten original pieces. Holshouser blends jazz with various roots influences and takes composition very seriously — these are tightly woven tapestries, not bare-bones sketches or paroxysms of free improv. But spontaneity, too, has a place at the table, and each player has the chops necessary to make sparks fly. The moods are strikingly diverse as well, from the darkly hued "Tang" and "Unfried" to the comic, lighthearted "Sparkle of Never," to name only a few highlights. Like his colleague Matt Munisteri, Holshouser knows how to eschew categories, refurbish old-world sounds, and grab the ear with airy, attractive melodies. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Offering a new definition of experimental jazz on his debut record, Will Holshouser creates a fascinating combination of styles to showcase his accordion playing. Teaming with trumpeter Ron Horton and bassist Dave Phillips, his efforts on Reed Song were heavily admired in the jazz community when the album dropped. Before that point, Holshouser had worked with a variety of artists, including Dave Douglas, Klezmer Madness, and the Raymond Scott Orchestrette. Although he didn't stop collaborating...
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Reed Song, Will Holshouser Trio
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 01, 2002

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