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(Published: January 11, 2012)


" . . . infectious . . . raucous . . . More, please." - The Boston Globe

"Take everything you know or even think you know or have come to expect when it comes to jazz and toss it right out the window. Ashes to Ashes succeeds in not only redefining the traditional jazz trio but successfully transforming some of the most unexpected pop music of this generation into a brand new presentation that works on every conceivable level. The future of modern jazz!" - Critical Jazz

"an investigative vehicle which shakes with energy . . . inventive jazz which works on its own merits while retaining Bowie's spirit and self- assurance." - Audiophile Audition

"Ashes to Ashes suggests that if you wash 30 years of glam off of Bowie, durable songs remain. . . . there's plenty of adventure and invention in these tracks." - OffBeat Magazine

THE WEE TRIO Announces National Tour
In Support & Celebration of:
(released on New Year's Day, 2012, on Bionic Records)

Click here for streaming audio of Ashes to Ashes
Click here for a digital download of Ashes to Ashes

The Making Of Ashes to Ashes: A David Bowie INTRASPECTIVE

The Ashes to Ashes Tour:
Stephenville, TX, January 18th: Tarelton State University
Denton, TX, January 19th: University of North Texas
Austin, TX, January 20th: The Elephant Room
Houston, TX, January 21st: Cezanne's
New Orleans, LA, January 22nd: Snug Harbor
New Orleans, LA, January 24th: University of New Orleans
St. Louis, MO, January 27th & 28th: Jazz at the Bistro
Cleveland, OH , Februaruy 2nd: Nighttown
Chicago, IL, February 3rd: The Green Mill
Osh Kosh, WI, February 4th: Becket's
Rochester, NY, February 8th: Roberts Wesleyan University
Philadelphia, PA, February 9th: Chris' Jazz Cafe
Boston, MA, February 11th: The Lily Pad

Roughly one year ago, guitarist Cliff Hines brought together a cadre of New Orleans' finest musicians to perform the music of David Bowie. Among those assembled was James Westfall, vibraphonist/composer and one third of The Wee Trio. This idea of performing Bowie's music coincided with the groundwork for the band's third album. What followed was the recording of Ashes To Ashes - A David Bowie Intraspective, a deep exploration into the eclectic icon's music, and the band's follow up to their first two critically acclaimed albums, Capitol Diner Vol. 1, and Capitol Diner Vol. 2 Animal Style.

After these two powerhouse albums, comprised of mostly original material (plus Nirvana's "About a Girl", Aphex Twin's "Avril 14" and Sufjan Stevens' "Flint"), it became clear that the band was eager to lace their many Wee Trio-isms into the works of an outside composer. With Westfall being no stranger to Bowie's music, and bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Jared Schonig quickly realizing the treasure trove they had found in the thin white duke's work, the trio dove headfirst into his vast, diverse repertoire to select six songs that span Bowie's musical universe: "Battle For Britain" (from Earthling), "Queen Bitch" (from Hunky Dory), "The Man Who Sold The World" (from The Man Who Sold The World), "Ashes to Ashes" (from Scary Monsters), "1984" (from Diamond Dogs) and "Sunday" (from Heathen).

For David Bowie fans and jazz fans alike, Ashes To Ashes will exceed your expectations. The Wee Trio manages to reimagine Bowie's music while staying true to its spirit and energy. They simultaneously show their talent as jazz musicians while performing the music from the perspective of true Bowie fans. The Wee Trio also managed to showcase the versatility of Bowie's compositions and how amazingly well they transferred into a new medium. Simply put, they breathe new life into these timeless Bowie classics.

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Hailed by critics as "the ambassadors of the genre's future," praised for "stirring up jazz you don't have to be old to enjoy," and credited for delivering "lightning in a bottle," The Wee Trio, featuring James Westfall (vibes), Dan Loomis (bass) and Jared Schonig (drums), exploded onto the scene in 2008 with their debut CD, Capitol Diner, Vol. 1 (which brilliantly captured the energy, eclecticism and excellence of the band's birthplace, Brooklyn, NY). In March, 2010 the Trio released the much-anticipated follow up recording, Capitol Diner Vol. 2 Animal Style, an album that was recorded at the famous Piety Street Studios in New Orleans (studio of choice for Dave Mathews Band, Cassandra Wilson, Harry Connick Jr., etc), but was built on the road in California during the band's tour in support of Vol. 1.

From the "oak tree thick bass" (AAJ NY) of Dan Loomis, the "explosiveness" and "fervent audacity" (AllAboutJazz) of Jared Schonig's drumming to the "fresh excitement" (Icon) and "ultra-chill" (The Boston Herald) of James Westfall's vibes, the band has an instantly identifiable sound, and the group's prodigious rapport becomes more prevalent with each recording. Throughout their recorded work The Wee Trio is vigorous and sublime, and in performance the high energy, joy, anticipation and venturesome spirit of the group envelops the audience.

While rooted in jazz The Wee Trio finds ways to break boundaries encompassing their other roots in rock and fusion. Each member is a leader in their own right, but together as The Wee Trio, Westfall, Loomis and Schonig represent one of the highly creative groups pushing jazz and improvised music in exciting and innovative new directions. They now offer their latest creative tour-de-force, Ashes To Ashes - A David Bowie Intraspective.


"One of the year's most riveting albums . . ." - The Patriot Ledger

"an immediate musical simpatico" - The New Orleans Times Picayune

"How exciting, you might ask, can a vibes/bass/drum trio be? Well listen to these three and you'll find out."- The Buffalo News

"With James Westfall's vibes in the forefront, the group has a fresh sound, and bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Jared Schonig flow like the tides. Wee's sound is not wee, it's huge"
- The San Francisco Chronicle

"the Wee Trio have found a unique slant, not only in their vibes/bass/drums instrumentation but in their lyrical songwriting and flowing interaction."
- The Philly Daily News

"Bulging with even more muscular jazz chops than the Bad Plus but displaying more earthbound taste than the late, lamented E.S.T., the Brooklyn-based Wee Trio makes a larger than wee splash on its debut." - The Boston Herald

"The Wee Trio is capable of a full, powerful sound, streams of furiously articulated lines and fills" - About.com

"Intriguing combination of which to my knowledge there's no peer in jazz, or any other kind of music"- BlogCritics.com

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Press Enquiries on The Wee Trio?
Contact: Jason Byrne @ Red Cat Publicity
347 578 7601, redcatjazz@mac.com

More Information: http://www.theweetrio.com

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