Tom Casale | The Great American Circus

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The Great American Circus

by Tom Casale

This is bassist/composer Tom Casale's third album and presents three albums worth of original material. The music is diverse and each group has it's own sound. He is joined in his trio by Kirk Whipple and Marylin Morales on piano as well as Randy Cloutier
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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1. He Eats Fire and Swallows Swords
5:24 album only
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2. The Sword Fighters' Dance
4:50 album only
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3. The Acrobats Are Beautiful
6:50 album only
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4. A Ring of Fire
7:06 album only
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5. But I Want to See the Lions
1:51 album only
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6. The Freak Show Parade
4:41 album only
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7. Who Are These Clowns?
5:32 album only
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8. Object Manipulation
5:18 album only
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9. Welcome to the Circus
3:34 album only
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10. Talking to the Bearded Lady
3:52 album only
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11. No More Elephants
5:46 album only
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12. Walking the Tightrope
4:56 album only
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13. All Together at the Circus
6:15 album only
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14. The Sharpshooter, The Knife Thrower and the Wheel of Death
4:44 album only
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15. Circus Sold, Circus Closed
7:37 album only
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16. The Ringleader Speaks
6:17 album only
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17. Little Men in Little Cars with Ridiculous Hats
4:28 album only
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18. Stilts Make People Taller
4:03 album only
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19. Strong Women
5:48 album only
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20. Juggling Bananas
4:35 album only
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21. Cotton Candy, The Peanut Vendor and the Blues
5:32 album only
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22. Hot Air Balloon Rides Cost Extra
7:11 album only
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23. Believe It or Not
4:20 album only
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24. Spinning Plates
2:13 album only
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25. Catching a Bear on a Bicycle
5:25 album only
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26. Bad Dudes in the Fun House
5:16 album only
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27. The Mysterious Madame M
6:34 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is bassist/composer Tom Casale's third album and presents three albums worth of original material. The music is diverse and each group has it's own sound. He is joined in his trio by Kirk Whipple and Marylin Morales on piano as well as Randy Cloutier drums. His quartet features Joel Beauchmin on violin, Matt Macaulay on guitar, and Alex Chapman on drums. And his quintet features Greg Takemoto on alto saxophone, Todd Brunel on soprano saxophone and bass clarinet, George Leonard III on guitar, and Alex Chapman drums.

It took two years to complete this project from its conception. It began with a change Casale saw in our society, people, and politics, as well as the close of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. As he watched, read, learned, and took in the current divisive speech that was becoming common place in the world around him, he was overcome by many thoughts and feelings. It seemed the world was becoming a distorted stage with angry actors performing their script in some new world theater. He began composing music, as well as poetry, that expressed feelings on a variety of topics that were being discussed. The resulting product became a sort of soundtrack for current events. We face many problems as a world, including hatred, inequality, ignorance, and greed. These are issues we can only tackle together with honest, respectful dialogue. There is more than one solution, and we should not be distracted by negative outside forces in our effort to better our society. The search for peace continues.

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