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A Tree Grows – “Wau Wau Water” – Single Review

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Photo by Amber Dress

Photo by Amber Dress

Fans of Miles Davis, Robert Glasper, and Tortoise are going to love the spunky and uplifting “Wau Wau Water.” Released on November 4, “Wau Wau Water” is the first single from A Tree Grows’ self-titled debut EP, which is set to release sometime in 2017 via Rufftone Records.

A Tree Grows is a Brooklyn-based jazz collaboration that is already turning heads in New York’s music scene. Featuring the brothers Rashaan Carter and Russell Carter on the bass and drums respectively, A Tree Grows also includes German-born electronic musician Emanuel Ruffler on the keyboards, the two-time Grammy winner Tivon Pennicott playing the saxophone, and the trumpeter Duane Eubanks who has played with The Temptations, Alicia Keys, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, and Wu Tang Clan just to name a few. Together these master musicians are creating something that is inspired by the jazz of days gone by and giving it a modern flare.

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“Wau Wau Water” opens with the smooth sensual sound that jazz fans know and love. However, the track doesn’t drone on. At times the drums, saxophone and trumpet pick up the tempo and give the song a quick lift. While this upswing in tempo may be a bit jarring, the pick up works to create diverse layers and dynamic fluidity in the song. Especially with the base dominating the lower tones and keeping the lower melodies stable. Overall, “Wau Wau Water” is an interesting song that relaxes and excites over the course of a few minutes.


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