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David Marriott, Jr. is a jazz trombonist, composer/arranger, educator, and blogger. A two-time Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award recipient and winner of the 1999 National Jazz Trombone Competition, David is active in a variety of Seattle jazz groups, including the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Zubatto Syndicate and his own critically-acclaimed groups Septology and Triskaidekaband.

Will Stellenraad at The Musicquarium

I headed down to The Musicquarium to check out some old friends and a "New York heavy" in a straight-ahead organ trio setting. Now, I've been living in New York for the last five years (now back in Seattle), and certainly have heard my fair share of super-serious, ultra-heavy playing, especially on the guit-fiddle. The guitar playing I heard tonight was -- well, not reflective of those descriptions.

You'd be hard pressed to find two more happening guys to have backing you in an organ trio: Joe Doria, one of Seattle's most visible and ecclectic orgainists (and pianist with my own group for a couple years); Matt Jorgensen, drummer, bandleader, and recording/internet developer extraordinaire. Matt played with as much fire and inspiration as I've ever heard him play, and Joe's happy and soulful approach is always a joy to hear. But Will Stellenraad still managed to disappoint me. I was not familiar with his playing going in, and had no expectations, but at times I felt like I was hearing somebody play jazz music for the first time. The majority of the music came from a groove-based mentality, certainly drawing on the jazz guitar lineage of Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and John Scofield. However, most of the time I felt like I was hearing a so-so player, or maybe somebody just coming into playing jazz from rock music. Why? Suspect time, lack of solo development, sometimes didn't really know the tunes -- need I go on? I am sure that Will's recordings are very good, and quite enjoyable listening, especially if you are a fan of groove-oriented music. But trust me -- we in the Northwest have never had a shortage of great guitar players -- Dan Heck, Dan Faehnle, Dan Balmer, Dave Peterson... -- and all of these guys would've left me with a better taste in my mouth. To all those people who ask me why I've returned to Seattle: my point has just been illustrated.