Another Dream is the latest release to highlight the group's idiosyncratic approach towards jazz composition. The eight originals on the album range from melancholy to frenetic, mixing the chunky, laid-back attitude of boogaloo with the attack of hard bop. The Nick Haas Trio is a jazz combo based in the Minneaplis/St. Paul metro area; their original compositions draw influence from jazz heritage but with a contemporary attitude towards melody and form. The trio formed in 2005 as a vehicle for working up original material in a group with stable personnel. Having played together occasionally in the rhythm sections of other large-group formats (sextets, quintets, quartets) they decided that it was time to circle the wagons and defend themselves against the economics of the live music industry. (There is a reason that you hardly see big bands anymore). Nick Haas (guitar) holds a degree in performance from Hamline University and teaches at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music. Eron Woods (percussion) holds a degree in performance from the University of Miami. He spent several years as a house percussionist in the cruise ship industry before embarking on a career playing percussion for various circuses. Today he performs and instructs full time. Peter Susag (double bass) has played in the rhythm section of several jazz combos but took up the double bass by accident. Originally a mediocre jazz guitarist, he jumped ship when he realized that it was impossible to find an upright bass, much less someone who could play one.
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