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Andy Laster's Hydra Discography of CDs


Polyogue Polyogue CD (1997)
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Andy Laster's Hydra discography This music is sometimes referred to as "chamber jazz" because of the complex, layered arrangements and the often-slow tempos. The characterization is not entirely accurate, though, as there are also instances of invigorating jazz in a post-bop style. Saxophonist Andy Laster called on his changing quintet, Hydra, and for this recording the group consists of an all-star cast. The most prominent soloist is trumpeter Herb Robertson, whose rubbery and pinched improvisations share the limelight with the leader. Also notable are Drew Gress' fine bass playing and Tom Rainey's drums. Laster shines most as a composer (he wrote and arranged all the pieces). As a performer, he splits his time between bari and alto saxophones, and is equally effective, if a touch mundane, on each. While a couple of the tracks meander, some of the pieces shine exquisitely and reflect an outstanding talent on the rise. ~ Steve Loewy Recording information: East Hill Studios (01/14/1995-01/15/1995). Editor: Katherine Miller. Andy Laster's Hydra: Andy Laster (alto & baritone saxophones); Herb ...
Soft Shell Soft Shell CD (2000)
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Andy Laster's Hydra CD discography Track Listing of songs: Soft Shell; Here I'll Stay: Here I'll Stay; Like Plankton; Horripilate; Floating; No. 16; South Shore Reform Experience, Pt. 2; July Song; Tentacles; Hex; South Shore Reform Experience, Pt. 6;

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Andy Laster's Hydra albums Key Personnel

Member NameWorked With
Tom RaineyFred Hersch, Simon Nabatov, Nels Cline, Kris Davis, Liam Noble, Open Loose, Angelica Sanchez, Brad Shepik
Drew GressFred Hersch, Ralph Alessi, Uri Caine, Fred Hersch Trio, John Hollenbeck, Claudia Quintet, John Abercrombie, Ravi Coltrane
Herb RobertsonTim Berne, Fonda-Stevens Group, Frank Gratkowski, Tim Berne's Caos Totale, All Ears, Barry Guy New Orchestra, Pierre Dorge, Paul Dunmall
Andy LasterErik Friedlander, Mick Rossi, Andy Laster's Lessness, Ballin' The Jack, Kelly Clarkson, Marty Ehrlich, Ghost Train Orchestra, Joel 19 Harrison, Julius Hemphill
Brad ShepikDave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio, Dave Douglas, Aaron Alexander, Jamie Baum Septet, Brad Shepik Quartet, Matt Darriau, Peter Epstein, Paul Motian
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