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"Illuminated Road - Review"

This category-defying LA quartet deftly blends Argentinean tango, gypsy jazz, Parisian café romance, classical waltzes, Middle Eastern rhythms and a whisper of cowpoke balladry. Brandon Turner’s precise double bass and guitarist Dan Cole’s fretwork lay a sturdy rhythmic foundation for violinist/violist Chris Luther’s evocative solos and especially Gee Rabe’s attention-grabbing accordion. The music’s rewarding, thanks to the sensitive interplay between them and the ease with which they connect disparate genres. -Bliss - Pasadena Weekly

"Richard Kamins- See! Hear!"

Illuminated Road - Haberdashery (self-released) - There is some music that sounds better with the window open, the sun shining and the breeze blowing.

The Los Angeles-based quartet Habadashery has just issued its debut CD and it's a delightful stew of rich melodies, quietly adventurous rhythms and good humor. The group and project grew out of bassist/composer Brandon Turner's graduate thesis project. He brought together Chris Luther (violin/viola) and Dan Cole (acoustic guitar) and cast about for an accordionist to round out the sound he was hearing in his mind. Thanks to Craigslist (despite the bad press, the website does have worth), Gee Rabe joined the group and they began to make music.

What you hear on the 10 tracks has its roots in Eastern European gypsy music, French art songs, Spanish Flamenco, South American Tango, Brazilian rhythms, American folk music and a touch of jazz. Turner keeps the music moving with his propulsive bass lines - hear him push the pace on the disk opener "Not Here" and the flamboyant "No More Vowels" where he uses the body of his instrument as a drum to start the piece. Luther's brilliant sounds illuminate the melodies throughout the program. He can and does play bluegrass music but here he does a fine job of channeling Stephane Grappelli on tracks like "Djang It" and the afore-mentioned "...Vowels." But he's no copycat - there are moments when his phrases rise a fine classical player that he is. Guitarist Cole has composed scores for films, worked as a church organist, and is a busy sideman in Southern California. He has a crisp, clear,sound and his lead lines are essential to melodies such as the sweet ballad "Malbec." Rabe, who also heads the Steel Band program at Cal State University/Northridge, keeps the music light and away from being maudlin. That's not to say she's there for comic relief. Her sweet reading on the opening of "Sad Song for Walt Zish" sets the mood for Luther's rich viola lines and her short solo sways like a dancer across the floor of a ballroom. She takes a nice, bluesy, turn on the whimsical "Sunset Cowboy" that also features her in playful interchange with Luther's sashaying violin lines.

From start to finish, "Illuminated Road" makes one feel good. The musicians play well, the songs are well-crafted and airy, and the sounds pull one in. In a world that is often much too noisy, this is a road worth exploring. - Richard Kamins, See! Hear! -Hartford Courant - Hartford Courant


Illuminated Road-2009



Haberdashery is a genre defying acoustic ensemble based in Los Angeles, CA, known for their energetic, evocative and witty performances. Led by composer/bassist Brandon Turner, Haberdashery synthesizes their diverse and eclectic influences of Tango, Classical, Jazz, Folk, Gypsy, and French music with the precision of chamber ensemble; and expands upon those influences with the improvisational freedom of a jazz combo. Haberdashery’s versatile acoustic musicians, Gee Rabe- Accordion, Chris Luther- Violin, Dan Cole Guitar, and Brandon Turner- Double Bass provide a memorable range of timbres and textures.

Starting as Brandon Turner’s graduate thesis project in 2008, Brandon enlisted the help of longtime friend Dan Cole and classmate Chris Luther. Needing an accordion player to complete the ensemble, Brandon posted an ad on craigslist and connected with Gee Rabe. It became clear at their first rehearsal that Haberdashery had a winning chemistry that could not be limited to a school project. Since that fateful rehearsal, Haberdashery has been performing at venues throughout Los Angeles to enraptured audiences. Influenced by boundary breaking artists like Astor Piazzolla, Kronos Quartet and Tin Hat Trio, Haberdashery plays music with an international sound that has been likened to an indie film soundtrack unfolding before you.

All of Haberdashery's personnel are individually accomplished musicians and are alumni of some of the world’s finest music conservatories. Haberdashery members are also committed to music education and instruct clinics and workshops on a variety of subjects throughout the US.

Individual band member biographies available upon request.

Official website : www.haberdasherymusic.com
Myspace: www.myspace.com/haberdasheryquartet