I'm playing with Rob at Alpha Brewing tonight. We had a solid rehearsal with Max last night. Gonna try out some new tunes this evening. By new, of course, I generally mean old, but new to us. One of them is a tune I wrote back in '02 which Al Holliday's band recently recorded for a new record coming out this summer. Easiest Thing in the World. (Al's record is going to be sick, by the way.) Hope to see some friends at the gig this evening!
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)