Clark | Jones | Pottie – Frisell EP
Bird Is The Worm – new jazz review. “I’m a sucker for any ensemble that wants to dig into the Bill Frisell songbook. The trio of guitarist Neil Clark, bassist Alisdair Jones and drummer Ambrose Pottie offer up their versions of three Frisell compositions, “Blues for Los Angeles,” “Tell Your Ma, Tell Your Pa” and “Variation on a Theme” (check out Frisell’s Gone, Just Like a Train and Ghost Town for the originals). The spirit and sound of the originals are present in the trio’s renditions, but thankfully they use them as an excuse to go off in their own direction rather than as some reverential tribute album. Plenty likable.”
Clark | Jones | Pottie are a Toronto based Trio who have been playing together for 8 years. The trio is: Neil Clark (guitar), Alisdair Jones (bass) and Ambrose Pottie (drums).
All three have extensive and varied careers on their respective instruments. Clark has been a long-time collaborator with songwriter Lloyd Cole (he was also the guitarist in Lloyd Cole and the Commotions), Jones played bass for Ani Difranco and Pottie has played with Crash Vegas, Fred Frith and Bill Grove and is a regular collaborator within Toronto’s improvising community.
Long-time admirers of Bill Frisell as both a guitarist and composer, who regularly play Frisell compositions in their sets, this is their first release as Clark | Jones | Pottie – the recordings are live off the floor with no overdubs added. They have also recorded one album and one e.p. under their previous name, Sleepers.