Innocent When You Dream's Dirt In The Ground is Aaron Shragge’s second release interpreting Tom Waits’ stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. The album dives deep into the diverse collection of Waits' material, exploring the colors and tonality of his distinct lyricism, through unique instrumentation and arrangements. Covering a wide period of Waits' career, the record includes such songs as "In The Neighborhood", "Ol’ ‘55" and " Down in The Hole".
“Snaky and funky sounds abound! Innocent When You Dream weave their artistry and style into a tapestry of atmospheric playground material that takes the ear on both fascinating and dangerous journeys to the lands beyond your typical jazz stylings. Gorgeous sounds from Aaron Shragge, move the music into a deep and tranquil space, adding breath and scope to the many melodies and moments that oat in and out throughout...” Juno Award Winning Trumpeter/Composer Ingrid Jensen
Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The recording features some of Canada's leading jazz artists including: Jonathan Lindhorst, Ryan Butler, Nico Dann, Joe Grass (Guitarist for Patrick Watson) and Dan Fortin (Myriad3).
Aaron Shragge is an active in the NYC improvised/creative music scene serving on the board of Festival of New Trumpet Music NY. Having collaborated with such notable musicians as Dave Douglas, Ben Monder, and William Parker, Shragge has performed at renowned festivals such as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, L'Off Jazz Festival, and the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Aaron graduated from the distinguished New School Jazz Program and furthered his education receiving a masters degree.
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