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Change of Plans

Change of Plans

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~ Paul Abella

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What is The Paul Abella Trio? Beyond being three (sometimes four) guys that love to play music, they're at a loss at this point. They've been called everything in the book: Jazz Trio. Jam Band. Latin group. Frankly, there's some merit to all three. Taking their cues from a long list of jazz guys who came to get down, like Les McCann, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson, Mongo Santamaria and a host of others, The Paul Abella Trio plays people music. Just as Ramsey, Les and Benson could all weave through jazz tunes, funk jams and R&B songs with aplomb, so does the PAT. Their sets run the gamut, from the urbane folk of Mitch Corso's original tunes to standards by Monk, Herbie Hancock and John Coltrane to rock jams by The Grateful Dead, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, just to name a few. And while they've made their name around Chicago on those rock jams, make no mistake - this is a jazz band. Mitch's guitar evokes George Benson and Grant Green's funk, Bill Frisell's pastoral colors and Miles Davis' thought provoking solos. Bob Ferraris' bass immediately calls to mind Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke. Paul Abella's cajon playing certainly has fewer, if any precedents - it's not the most common instrument, especially in Jazz circles. He does credit Idris Muhammed, Billy Higgins, Frankie Dunlop and Billy Martin as influences on what he's playing, though. What others have said about the Paul Abella Trio - 'I've never been a fan of bands or musicians that make a conscious effort to blend or mix genres, styles and influences. I've always gravitated toward the bands that had a more organic approach to distilling their influences. The bands and musicians I like simply take all of the music they've been influenced by and then just make music in the here and now. To me, the Paul Abella Trio is that type of band. Are they a jazz band with classic rock influences, or are they a jam band with a jazz sensibility? History will tell - but does it really matter in the end? Paul's got a vision for the band, and he stands behind it. Listen to the music. See them live. All I know is that I've been fortunate to share a bill with them several times, and I always marvel at their ability to entertain a crowd with their unique sound and band chemistry. Granola jazz? Maybe. But is it good? Yup. For a band like the PAT, labels are useless - and quality is everything.' --Chris Greene (Chicago based saxophonist) 'The Paul Abella Trio never ceases to amaze me with their inventiveness and musicianship. The group does make jazz fun by way of catchy tunes and heartfelt performances. They've performed several times at my jazz festival and, by the end of their shows, the audience has always been on it's feet!' --Billy Denk (guitarist, bandleader and founder of Jazz on the Square and the Woodstock Jazz Festival) 'Jazz is a form of music that can often be repetitive and rely too much on 'standards' and be short on originality. The Paul Abella Trio is willing to stretch and bring creativity back into the jazz scene. You may not always love their music but you can't help but admire and respect their adventurous spirit. The jazz world needs more Paul Abella Trios.' --Nick Calabrese (radio host, WRRG-FM, Chicago) 'buy this disc!' --Linda Abella (Paul's mom) 'Donald Miller has a quote in his book, Blue Like Jazz, where he says, 'Sometimes you have to watch someone love something before you can love it - It's as if they are showing you the way.' And that's what happened for me with jazz and the Trio. I wasn't the biggest lover of jazz before I stumbled upon them, but once I saw how much fun they had performing and how serious they took the music but not themselves, it made me want to listen more. These guys will sit at the table with you and imbibe during their set breaks and then they will make whatever your drinking all the better while they play. If you love jazz already, prepare to have more fun than you're used to, but if you don't like jazz, be prepared for them to show you the way to love it.' --Jamie Stowell (PAT fan and divinity student)

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    Artist: Paul Abella
    Title: Change of Plans
    Genre: Jazz
    Release Date: 7/16/2013
    Label: Blujazz Records
    Product Type: CD
    Catalog #: 3402
    UPC: 640668340225
    Item #: 778739X