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Hubbub Hubbub
Paul Renz and Friends
2004

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Song Name (Composer)
Time
1.
Hubbub (Paul Renz)
7:29
2.
Jeannine (Duke Pearson)
9:52
3.
Well You Couldn't (Paul Renz)
5:59
4.
Blues In The Open (Paul Renz)
8:24
5.
A Fit Of Fifths (Paul Renz)
5:37
6.
Everlasting (Paul Renz)
11:22
7.
All Blues (Miles Davis)
9:47

Minneapolis based composer, guitarist and educator Paul Renz flexes impressive compositional and instrumental chops with his new CD, the self-produced Hubbub. Renz wrote five of the seven tunes, showing a refreshing penchant for offbeat melodic and rhythmic twists and turns. Renz honors a kindred spirit with Well You Couldn't—a tune based on the changes of Thelonious Monk's Well You Needn't, combined with a bit of New Orleans second line rhythm supplied by drummer Greg Schutte.

Trading licks with Renz are harmonicat Clint Hoover, young tenor saxophonist Chris Thompson, electric bassist Eric Graham and drummer Greg Schutte. A special guest of sorts is percussion wizard Ernesto Laboy, who's based in Renz' former home of Virginia. Once again, the imaginative Hoover validates his place as a world-class player on the challenging chromatic harp.

Dan Emerson, The Chord, Electric Fetus
 
Renz's talent for writing hip, complex, yet hummable themes is uncanny....his latest and finest recording....a ***** rating. (from the CD liner notes.)
Tom Surowicz, Minneapolis StarTribune contributor and host of Monday Evening Jazz on KBEM radio
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