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The Treehouse Project by The Treehouse Project

This environmentally conscious band composed the tracks and they are very funky. The CD pleasantly surprised me with the depth of groove. Produced by drummer Michael Reed and Kurt Festge, these tracks are tight and tasty. Guitarist George Kaiantzis and bassist Matt Thompson get down and dirty and Dave McDonnell is clean on sax. They do jazz for real, not just talk.

"Krista" truly starts the ignition, as "Ground Run," is a short intro track. McConnell really kicks it hard on "The Brick," and Thompson is on the trail non-stop with Kaiantzis not far behind. "Eulogy" strikes an intellectual chord and is perhaps harder to follow, but the musicianship is on time. The same is relatively true of "Tornado Watch," but it sports some rock-guitar styling and it is Kaiantzis’ and Reed’s show. McDonnell wails and crawls all around the serious musical storm.

The "blue" in "Blue Without You," is pensive, not overtly bluesy. "Piqua City Limits," is reminiscent of Gary Wright’s "Dream Weaver," and could pass for an instrumental version, but there’s more going on in this town than a dream. They can make it through the day after as well. Back to the intellect with "Dear Mr. Locrius," but they never lose the grit. The CD closes out on the short statement "Mission Accepted."

This band proves that you don’t have to sacrifice feeling for thought. Most intellectually based musicians don’t press the flesh too far, but there’s a balance that is refreshing here. The music is thought provoking without being haughty, and oh so deep. Now this is something to look forward to.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Treehouse Project
  • CD Title: The Treehouse Project
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Trees for Life
  • Musicians: Dave McDonnell (C melody & soprano saxophone, bicycle bell), Matt Thompson (acoustic & electric bass), George Kaiantzis (electric & acoustic guitar), Michael Reed (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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