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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.

Do I Hear (A Troop of) Echoes?

Apr 15, 2010

Providence based band A Troop of Echoes don't include vocals in their sets. After listening to just a few of their instrument-infused tracks, it's clear why: they simply don't need them. Fronted by saxophonist Peter Gilli and backed by three highly accomplished musicians,(Nick Cooper (guitar), Harrison Hartley (bass / synth) and Dan Moriarty (drums)), A Troop of Echoes lends itself to the musical stylings of classic jazz greats Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, fused with the electronic sounds of experimental rock groups like Sonic Youth, and given a pinch of instrumental improvisation to mix things up. I hear less jazz and more jam band in their sound, but that doesn't make them any less interesting.

The band has been touring and venturing into new sounds since 2005, with plans to release a debut album tentatively titled Days in Automation later this year. They're at one of my favorite clubs, the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Massachusetts this weekend, and well worth checking out.