|Mike Cassells Group
||Cassells & Kenemy
| Mike Cassells Group
The Mike Cassells Group
| Cassells & Kenemy
Mike Cassells / Jason Kenemy
| NoiZe ConTrol
| Critical Reviews
"NoiZe ConTrol are a slick
outfit specializing in
post-Metheny fusion. Forsberg recalls Chet Baker in the lyrical flair
like "the lion's den", "3 drowning lisa's" and "mr. tater
"Mike is a talented composer
and band leader, with
his own group. His self produced CD demonstrates Mike's creativity both
on and off
"It's a daunting challenge to
create modern jazz with
popular appeal, but it's one that Cassells and his year-old his quartet
on in their debut compact disc...with compositions that are rife with
interplay and outstanding individual performances."
"The music is mellow and
dark, wonderfully atmospheric
and very offbeat. The bands success undoubtedly lies in its mix of new
combined with more traditional jazz. The result is extremely appealing
"If you had the opportunity to sit and chat with Mike Cassells you would appreciate very early on in the conversation that he is somewhat understated - he exhibits a quality of 'less-is-more'. He carries this trait on into his music in Semi Suite where his six original compositions move us, sometimes imperceptibly and other times at pace, through various life experiences.
music is sensual and spacious, delicate and thought provoking. This is
all true until Roving Teenage Gangs when Cassells creates the high
tension necessary to convey his view of this harsh reality. This is an
extraordinary piece that doesn't release until the very end with a
brief aftermath (and excellent interpretation) by guitarist Dave Barton.
and pianist Jason Kenemy follow up Roving Teenage Gangs with When The
Angels Fall, a masterful rationalization of the previous conflict.
These two pieces are worth the price of the album.
is Cassells, the drummer and writer, who interprets his role with the
least bravado, choosing instead to add elegance and sensitive touch to
his work ... Semi Suite is a listeners delight."
| Other Recordings I've
Greg Runions Big Band "Sweet Home Suite"
Greg Runions Group "But Not Forgotten"
Jon Coakley and One Metric Tonne "Hair Like Roots"
Grant Heckman "From Saints' Rest"
David Archibald "Spirit Of The Inland Sea"
Queen's Alumni Big Band "Oilthigh: The Spirit Of Queen's"
New Digs "From The Floor"
Live ElectroAcoustic Research Kitchen (leark) "distortion is: intentional"
Live ElectroAcoustic Research Kitchen (leark) "kmp-()h-z1-5hu|\|" (composition)
Sue Graff "A Heart Lost In Jazz"
Not Mass Produced
Mike Cassells Trio "CBC Recordings"
This was a session recorded in Ottawa in March of 2000 for the CBC. For whatever reason it never made it to air which is a shame because the group sounds very good. The recording features Jason Kenemy on piano (sometimes in tune - is it too much to ask to tune the damn piano!?!), John Geggie on acoustic bass and Mike Cassells on drums.
Tunes range from Mike's originals to a couple of standards (!) to some free playing. Production quality is quite good (out of tune piano aside) and the recording runs over 60 minutes.
Dave Barton Trio "Kingston Sessions"
This was a session I recorded in Kingston just after Christmas 2001. It features Dave Barton on guitar, John Geggie on bass and Mike Cassells on drums. Each group member submitted a tune and the session is rounded out with some standards. The recording quality is quite good considering what I was dealing with - it was recorded directly to DAT. This session quietly burns.
"From The Vault"
Currently sitting at 30 discs "From The Vault" represents a concerted effort to archive live and session recordings from the past. Most of the original recordings were done on MiniDisc and then transferred to the Macintosh (G4 btw). Lately I've been digging up old cassette recordings and transferring those.
|you can send me
email at: mcassells1 (at) sympatico.ca