Bill Carrothers - The Electric Bill

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Voice of the People
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Mojo Clinton

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Bill Carrothers - Fender Rhodes piano
Michael Lewis - tenor and soprano saxophone
Reid Anderson - acoustic and electric bass
Dave King - drums

Recorded March 25-26, 2001 at Creation Audio, Minneapolis, MN
All tunes by Bill Carrothers except Sing which is by Joe Raposo and is dedicated by the band to the late Karen Carpenter.

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Bill Carrothers - The Electric Bill

Here's what people are saying about The Electric Bill...

A change of style for Bill Carrothers, who gives up the acoustic piano for Fender Rhodos and proposes a very different music, a young and current jazz music at the borders of the free, funk and rock'n'roll. This " connected " jazz, Carrothers brings from Minneapolis, its birthplace. Here he put together a quartet with young musicians to give life to his new compositions. Any fire any flame, Mike Lewis thunders with the tenor and the soprano. The tires hummings of low electric of Reid Anderson. also very skilful with the double bass, accompaning with squirted notes, its furies sudden. Dave King, the drummer, plays well with Bill, with a drumming style totally his own. Thus surrounded, Bill Carrothers does not have to be overpowering. He makes his instrument speak, making colors, in dark sonorities, without ever seeking to outdo himself. The sound recording makes the group surprisingly present. The music is there, close to us, alive and always exciting. -- Pierre de Chocqueuse


Minneapolis Tribune - December 27, 2002

Starting with the droll name, there are a number of humorous elements to Bill Carrothers' quartet the Electric Bill. Co-starring drummer David King and saxophonist Michael Lewis of Happy Apple and bassist Reid Anderson -- King's bandmate in the Bad Plus -- it unleashes a funky groove on "Mojo Clinton" that sounds like a break tune at a blues bar, and even covers that jazz classic, "Sing," by the Carpenters. More often, however, it's as serious and sensuous and spacey as Miles Davis in his pioneering fusion period. With Carrothers confining himself to the airy, warm and enveloping Fender Rhodes piano, the group's debut CD on Dreyfus Jazz is one of the best releases of 2002. -- Tom Surowicz