It has been almost a year since I finished a new song. I've always been a slow writer, but that's way too slow, even for me. So, I am pressing forward with all of my energy on a new song--one I've been working on for a few months. And not only am I pressing forward with this song, but with music in general. Like any job, after a while it can become easy to kind of phone it in, and I am afraid I have been guilty of that at times. But, Springtime is here, and I ready and determined to make new music!
Tommy Halloran performs music anyone would appreciate... He is to jazz as Uncle Tupelo was to country-western or Steve Earle to bluegrass. He possesses the schooling (both formal and hard-knocks) as well as the "chops" of a great jazzman... The basic truths of Delta-blues, swing, Gospel, and Bohemia are deeply rooted in Tommy's songwriting psyche. Like Randy Newman or Tom Waits (who seldom appear in the same sentence), his cooking belies his ingredients. He may not be "Chasin' the Bird", but he's certainly flippin' the bird as a top-rate improviser... Tommy embodies the original spirit of jazz. His blues, his bounce, and his ballads rival great musicians from any era. - David Seymour, JazzReview.com (8/11/2005)