The first review is in:
CD Review: http://www.midwestrecord.com/MWR1210.html
CHRIS WASHBURNE/Rags & Roots: The bone man blows your mind as he blows your ears open by surrounding himself with a killer array of modern jazzbos who all pull in the same direction when he reaches back to pull a piano out of a speakeasy whore house and relocates it to a whore house on Mars. Making classic rags modern and interspersing them with materiality of Washburn’s making, this set colors outside the lines and invites you to take a wild ride along with it as the familiar gets turned on it’s head in a most delightful fashion. A stomping good time, leave your inhibitions a the door and check in for a good time. Well done throughout.
Honored to received such a great review from Gary Walker at WBGO – a true hero and champion of jazz!
Honored to be featured on the Columbia U homepage! http://news.columbia.edu/oncampus/3709
SYOTOS’ “Stairway to Heaven” featured on NPR.com and review by Felix Contreras
This crazy, clever cover medley spans an entire musical universe, as it superimposes one of Duke Ellington’s sacred works (1968’s “Heaven”) over Led Zeppelin’s 1971 rock classic “Stairway To Heaven.” Trombonist Chris Washburne and his mighty See You On The Other Side miniature big band have released an album of inspired Latin jazz instrumental covers; titled Low Ridin’, it touches on ’70s-era rock songs by the likes of Neil Young, The Doors, Lou Reed and Jimi Hendrix.
I’ve always been moved by the emotion of Ellington’s music, so I had to pull the car over and listen closely the first time I heard this unlikely pairing, which brings out the inspired devotion in the melody beneath Jimmy Page’s bombastic chord progressions. The entire album works, but this track is a high-water mark for a great Latin jazz vet.
Chris Washburne’s Rags and Roots at NYC Botanical Gardens