A set of experiments, compositions and improvisations by Oren on the electric/ acoustic tuba and recorders aided and abetted by The Charming Transport Band, made up by Steve Buckley on bass clarinet, Dean Brodrick on melodica/clavinet and Simone Haggiag and Davide Giovannini on drums and percussion. Charming, humorous, challenging and at times infuriating! A fascinating insight into the "brilliant alien mind" of Oren Marshall.
"Everyone has room in their collection for at least one tuba virtuoso, and if yours is looking a bit bleak in that department may we cordially introduce you to Mr. Oren Marshall. Nominated two years running for the BBC award in jazz innovation, Marshall has finally seen fit to release 'Time Spent At Traffic Lights' - a selection of solo and small ensemble compositions originally recorded during the mid-nineties with The Charming Transport Band and here committed to record for the first time.
As with any such endeavor, there's always the danger that one man's jazz odyssey will be another man's gold-plated ball-ache, but thanks to Marshall's brass skills (honed to perfection since the age of fourteen) 'Time Spent At Traffic Lights' remains the right side of the innovative/insufferable divide throughout. Opening with the jaunty excursions of 'Harry's Pain', Marshall then takes us on a meandering journey through the evocative clearing of 'Bush Baby Part One', gives us a brief pep of rabble-rousing quirkiness on the title track, before seeing you out with the dawn-chorus of 'Bar's Dream'. It's enough to expunge the image of Harold Bishop forever..." [Boomkat]
"remarkable stuff... the musically curious should find plenty to enjoy in this charmingly eccentric piece of work" [24HourDash]
Oren Marshall - tubas, recorders
The Charming Transport Band:
Steve Buckley - bass clarinet
Dean Brodrick - melodica,clavinet
Simone Haggiag - congas,percussion
Davide Giovannini - drums,percussion