The Tone Sharks are an Oregonian collective nominally helmed by drummer/composer Dave Storrs, who favors an approach that’s freely-improvised yet informed by structure. For Four/Five/Three, it’s as if Storrs & company kept the idea of fusion dynamics but with the whimsical, intuitive feel of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Four/Five/Three has sensuous and humorous, stream-of-consciousness, post-bop-flavored that recalls the imaginary confluence of the AEC circa Full Force albeit with guitarist Larry Coryell from 1970 (at his spikiest) guesting along with the shade of Jaco Pastorious inserting some slippery bass lines from Beyond. Easy listening? Not really. A lease-breaker? Most certainly not. These Sharks navigate, with craft, guile, irreverence and heart, the strange and unfamiliar waters from whence the tributaries "free" and "form" pour in, and do so w/out wretched excess or clutter (a nice trick, considering the "doubling" of instruments here).
Artist / Group Name:Tone Sharks
Record Label:Louie Records
Musicians:Dave Storrs: drums, voice; Reed Wallsmith: alto sax; Mark Bakalar: trombone, guitar, vocals; Tom McNalley: guitar; Page Hundemer: electric bass; Keith Brush: acoustic bass; Mike Klobas: drums. Recorded 4/5/03.