Some'tet

Some'tet

 Vashon, Washington, USA
BandJazzAcoustic

Evolving from a weekly jam on Vashon Island, WA a full-blown ensemble formed -- the whole jazz, post-jazz, outsider music, torch songs from Mars, kit & caboodle. Sometimes a trio, sometimes a 5 or 6 piece, but indubitably Some’tet. The overall sound can be mellow, almost west coast cool, but with moments of intense invention. The music is both composed & improvised, add some neo-bossa rhythms, the occasional art song, a touch of free jazz, a little old skool, some soulful vocals -- Some'tet.

Biography

April 2013, guitarist/composer Michael Whitmore begins a weekly residency at the Snapdragon Café on Vashon Island, WA. Over the next few years this little ‘Sunday night jam’ becomes a full-blown ensemble … the whole jazz, post-jazz, neo-bossa, torch songs from mars, kit and caboodle. Since then, they've been gigging around the Puget Sound area, playing in venues such as The Sorrento, Musicquarium/Triple Door, the Parliament Tavern and the Vermillion. In July 2017, Some’tet was one of only four bands selected for the annual EarShot Second Century Jazz Festival. And whether performing as a quartet, or as sextet or even as a trio, the sound is indubitably Some’tet, linking together the four essential elements to music: adventure, beauty, spirituality & soul. 

Everyone in Some’tet lives on Vashon -- an island known for its idiosyncratic nature. 

Barrett Cooper (trumpet, flugelhorn) is originally from Indiana, but grew up in Orange County, CA. For many years he performed with his dad, the renowned SoCal educator Dick Cooper. Since moving to Vashon about seven years ago, Barry has been in constant demand for session work & live gigs.

Patrick Christie (upright bass) hails from Wisconsin, where he studied bass with Andy Zydrozny & Karl Netoliczka of the Milwaukee Symphony -- they're also his two greatest musical influences. Oddly enough Patrick & Whitmore met sitting in on a Celtic jam, though neither of them play Celtic music.

Christine Goering (vocals) met Whitmore at a karaoke session on Vashon. She’s a Seattle native, raised in the Wallingford district. Christine also leads her own soul/jazz/cabaret ensemble, Delilah Pearl & the Mantarays -- they have a monthly residency at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle.

Kevin Nortness (tenor sax, bass clarinet, upright bass) is a educator, composer, a multi-instrumentalist and a highly regarded player in the northwest jazz scene. He hails from Portland, Oregon where he studied music & composition at Portland State University with jazz great Andrew Hill.

Wesley Peterson (drums) is the newest member of the ensemble. A northwest native, he is easily the most in demand, busiest musician on Vashon Island. Renown for his touch & feel, he adds a very deep element to the grooves and Some'tet's outsider, miscreant play.  

Michael Whitmore (nylon string guitar) was a veteran of the Los Angeles jazz & improvised music scene before moving to Vashon Island about a decade ago. He has a few dozen recording credits under his belt as both a leader & as a sideman & has been awarded a NEA Composers Grant. 

Some'tet. The music is both composed and improvised. The overall sound can be mellow, almost west coast cool, but with moments of intense invention. Add a dollop of American primitivism, clusters of neo-bossanova rhythms, the occasional art song, some savory free jazz, a torch song, a couple of hooks, a hint of old skool and some very soulful vocals -- there you have it. Think 60’s era jazz eclecticism meets Twin Peaks, dancing in Rio de Janeiro to a slow jam, a whiskey & soda in hand, and your Nana is catering the gig under a yellow hoodoo moon.

They're first EP "Steps" was released this past Spring 2017. And later this year, the band will be heading back into the studio to record their first full length release. Stay tuned.

Lyrics

Gone

Written By: Michael Whitmore

Someday you’ll knock at my door, flowers in hand trying to do me again. Someday you’ll knock at my door, pretty flowers in hand trying to do me all over again. But baby look up, baby look down, look all around. Somewhere there’s a place for your kind, a crackerjack hell shoveling love for a spell. Somewhere there’s a place for your kind, a pretty crackerjack hell shoveling that love for a spell. But baby look up, baby look down, look all around, ‘cause I’ll, I’ll be gone.

Face in the Fire

Written By: Michael Whitmore

Face in the fire, please don’t go way. Been chasing you and I’m tired. Won’t you take me with you today? Tired of shaping time, like clocks and telescopic spies. Sight lines, night eyes, white lies, crosshairs aligned. Face in the fire, I’m not afraid to say 'take me to a place that’s quiet', burn everything I’ve ever tried to save. Tired of shaping time, like clocks and telescopic spies. Sight lines, night eyes, white lies, crosshairs aligned.

Walk You Home

Written By: Michael Whitmore

I’ll walk you home. I’ll walk you home. I’ll walk you home. Down any road. Down any road. Down any road. Time and time, time and time again, you and I, you and I and home.

Starts and Stops

Written By: Michael Whitmore

Chin in hand, an empty glass at arms length. Crossroads crossways, so goes another on-the-rocks kind of day. Starts and stops, shut down and held down 'til the want goes away. Never say no never’s not a place to wait, by choice or by chance another day laughs in the distance. Starts and stops, shut down and held down 'til the want goes away.

Lose Your Keys

Written By: Michael Whitmore

Lets start the day kind of slow, pour ourselves another strong cup of joe. Sit back and relax and think about tonight, after we turn out the lights, before you close your eyes and disappear into the night. Just lose your keys. Just lose your keys. Lose your keys and stay a while.

Discography

Steps (ep) - Callipygous Recordings (2017)

tracks: 1) Gone

             2) Face in the Fire 

             3) Walk You Home

             4) Starts and Stops

             5) Lose Your Keys

             6) Cool Night for Three Chords

Set List

     Originals:
Baseline
Gone                
Face in the Fire 
Starts and Stops
Loose Your Keys
Bossa Uma
I Heard the Owls Talking
Dans un Pauvre Patrois
Stay
Plywood Winter 
Naked in the Leaves
A Ghost too Long 
Station Break
Chevy Bossa Nova
I’ll Walk You Home
Just Not Flying
Pork Sliders
Talking Talking
From a Burning Building
Cool Night for Three Chords
By the Waters Edge
Bossa Escritorio
Barry’s Riding
Hell Comes In Time
Distance Fades
Turned Left
Lost/The Business
    Covers:
Smokey Day
Come Wander
Sycamore Trees