The Wee Trio On Tour In Support of "Ashes To Ashes - A David Bowie Intraspective"


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..."infectious ...raucous ...More, please." —The Boston Globe

“an investigative vehicle which shakes with energy... inventive jazz which works on its own merits while retaining Bowie's spirit and self- assurance." —Audiophile Audition

Ashes to Ashes suggests that if you wash 30 years of glam off of Bowie, durable songs remain... there's plenty of adventure and invention in these tracks." —OffBeat Magazine

THE WEE TRIO Announces National Tour In Support & Celebration of: ASHES TO ASHES—A DAVID BOWIE INTRASPECTIVE (released on New Year's Day, 2012, on Bionic Records)

The Ashes to Ashes Tour:

Stephenville, TX, January 18th: Tarelton State University
Denton, TX, January 19th: University of North Texas
Austin, TX, January 20th: The Elephant Room
Houston, TX, January 21st: Cezanne's
New Orleans, LA, January 22nd: Snug Harbor
New Orleans, LA, January 24th: University of New Orleans
St. Louis, MO, January 27th & 28th: Jazz at the Bistro
Cleveland, OH , Februaruy 2nd: Nighttown
Chicago, IL, February 3rd: The Green Mill
Osh Kosh, WI, February 4th: Becket's
Rochester, NY, February 8th: Roberts Wesleyan University
Philadelphia, PA, February 9th: Chris' Jazz Cafe
Boston, MA, February 11th: The Lily Pad

Roughly one year ago, guitarist Cliff Hines brought together a cadre of New Orleans' finest musicians to perform the music of David Bowie. Among those assembled was James Westfall, vibraphonist/composer and one third of The Wee Trio. This idea of performing Bowie's music coincided with the groundwork for the band's third album. What followed was the recording of Ashes To Ashes—A David Bowie Intraspective, a deep exploration into the eclectic icon's music, and the band's follow up to their first two critically acclaimed albums, Capitol Diner Vol. 1, and Capitol Diner Vol. 2 Animal Style.

After these two powerhouse albums, comprised of mostly original material (plus Nirvana's “About a Girl," Aphex Twin's “Avril 14" and Sufjan Stevens' “Flint"), it became clear that the band was eager to lace their many Wee Trio-isms into the works of an outside composer. With Westfall being no stranger to Bowie's music, and bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Jared Schonig quickly realizing the treasure trove they had found in the thin white duke's work, the trio dove headfirst into his vast, diverse repertoire to select six songs that span Bowie's musical universe: “Battle For Britain" (from Earthling), “Queen Bitch" (from Hunky Dory), “The Man Who Sold The World" (from The Man Who Sold The World), “Ashes to Ashes" (from Scary Monsters), “1984" (from Diamond Dogs) and “Sunday" (from Heathen).

For David Bowie fans and jazz fans alike, Ashes To Ashes will exceed your expectations. The Wee Trio manages to reimagine Bowie's music while staying true to its spirit and energy. They simultaneously show their talent as jazz musicians while performing the music from the perspective of true Bowie fans. The Wee Trio also managed to showcase the versatility of Bowie's compositions and how amazingly well they transferred into a new medium. Simply put, they breathe new life into these timeless Bowie classics.

This story appears courtesy of Jason Byrne, Red Cat Publicity.
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