It was two great summer days in downtown Portland, Oregon when three musicians got together at a loft space sitting, jamming, listening to each other and grooving along. It was literally the first time the musicians played together. The result of the session produced another project for the Eric Skye Acoustic Groove Trio.
The 11-track Slow Moving Dog consisted of original bluesy soul jazz grooves recorded live in a studio. There are no overdubs, no gooey reverbs, et cetera, just the compilation of Eric Skye, a Pacific Northwest jazz guitarist, Bruce Robertson, a New York City, British-invasion influenced drummer, and Brian Casey, a virtuoso upright jazz bassist. The tracks bring the group some form of nostalgic memories.
"Happy Cake" recalls a favorite treat at a long gone Ace Cafe on Folsom Street in San Francisco. "Lemon Merengue" is a fun groove that started out as a samba. "Slow Moving Dog" is about the day Robertson noticed a dog laying on a very busy sidewalk in the studio's security cam. He said, "Man, that's one slow moving dog."
As a listener, one can not only feel the love of music emulated by each musician, but the joy each one brings to the scene. It's simply a project one could listen to several times and not realize it. The interaction element was brilliant and to forsake the studio preliminaries for live music is intimate and fun indeed.