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Red Planet with Bill Carrothers
March 26, 2022 @ 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM$15
‘Red Planet with Bill Carrothers’ CD was released a few years ago and was one of the top albums released by Shifting Paradigm Records that year. Featuring the trio Red Planet (Dean Magraw guitar, Jay Epstein drums, Chris Bates bass) with award winning pianist Bill Carrothers the album earned local accolades from the MPLS Star Tribune ‘A lush set with disarmingly beautiful interplay that dances between the trio’s typically electrified romps and folk-tinged ballads’. Their stunningly musical compatibility made quite an impression on a Bird is the Worm review by Dave Summer listing Red Planet with Bill Carrothers as #8 overall in his top 25 releases of the year: ‘Its singular personality makes a huge impression, stamps itself into every note, each phrase, and it’s why the memory of the songs continues to linger long after the album is over. Just outstanding’. Downbeat magazine gave the album 4 Stars and writer Bradley Bambarger drew some outlines for the listeners, framing the album’s musical impact into a ‘Showcase for the compositional range and diversity of these modern masters. Influences stretch from folk, country, classical and rock and reflect the strength of this unique collaboration. In a nod to the iconic ECM label this set puts a supreme emphasis on the sound of the ensemble. The whole program rewards repeated listenings as the depth of interactions and interplay are subtle and nuanced throughout.’
Bill Carrothers – Piano
Dean Magraw – Guitar
Chris Bates – Bass
Jay Epstein – Drums