"Each Part A Whole : The MacroQuarktet Live at The Stone" RF06CD
Herb Robertson, Dave Ballou, Drew Gress & Tom Rainey
Herb Robertson and Dave Ballou have developed individual approaches to the same instrument- the trumpet. Herb has been involved in many influential projects and is widely considered one of the leading improvisers on the instrument. Dave performs in a wide array of settings from improvised to new music. The concept of this stellar quartet came up with conversations between Herb and Dave during their performances with "The Satoko Fuji Big Band West" whom Dave and Herb have been members in the trumpet section since the beginning. With mutual admiration for each other's playing characteristics they always wanted to perform together in a small band setting. This quartet with Drew Gress on bass and Tom Rainey on drums will be the end result of these discussions. Keep your ears wide open.
"This experimental outfit comprises two intensely inventive trumpeters (Herb Robertson and Dave Ballou) and a flexible rhythm team (the drummer Tom Rainey and the bassist Drew Gress)." Nate Chinen, The New York Times