Sound Etiquette

by Sound Etiquette

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Sound Etiquette, the first calling from a brilliantly inventive trio based out of Oakland, CA, imagines a universe where the small-minded distinctions of musical genres become obsolete. This kaleidoscopic collection of music will take you on a journey where the line between improvisation and composition is erased, giving way to a space where new unions of sound are possible.

"Sound Etiquette revisits an old, forgotten virtue from the earliest days of electric jazz, when an amplified keyboard alongside acoustic instruments played with pure instinct was synonymous with timbre-rich fuzziness and freedom."

"This trio’s most obvious influence seems to be early 70’s Miles Davis. With a signature electronic sound that harkens back to the analog nature of that era."

"Avant-garde trio pushes the envelope in arrangements and on their instruments, embracing unconventional sonic roles and shirking musical convention. Not for the faint of heart. If You Like: Morphine, Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor"
- KZSU Stanford ( )

"The trio has an intuitive sense for group dynamics in musical space. Each knows when to step forward into the mix with a soloistic gesture, and when to offer sounds in support. The sense of listening is present throughout, as is the feeling of collective exploration."
-JazzScene Magazine

"Oakland-based trio Sound Etiquette starts with the ingredients of fusion and soul — electric piano, sax, and drums, and an open spirit. What they create, though, are improvised pieces across an impressive spectrum of moods ranging from jazzy to jamming to abstract."


released December 9, 2016

Sound Etiquette is:

Nick Obando - sax
Eli Wallace - keys
Aaron Levin - drums

Recorded at Santo Recording, Oakland, CA
Produced By: Josh Roberts, Aaron Levin, & Christopher Sprague
Engineered & Mixed By: Josh Roberts
Mastered By: Myles Boisen
Cover & CD Packaging By: J.D. Hastings

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Sound Etiquette Oakland, California

In 2014, veterans of the vibrant Bay Area improv scene, Nick Obando (sax), Eli Wallace (keys) and Aaron Levin (drums) formed Sound Etiquette. This agile trio melds avant-garde & free-jazz aesthetics with more contemporary styles to create music that looks both forward and backward as it pays tribute to creative musical traditions while reinvigorating them with a distinctly modern character. ... more

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