Dave Storrs

Another Thing

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Owning and operating a record company isn't for those who prefer a nine-to-five schedule; it requires a lot of hard work and long hours. But many label owners will tell you that they can accept the hard work and long hours if it means more creative freedom. Drummer/percussionist Dave Storrs no doubt felt that way when he founded the Corvallis, OR-based Louie Records. Listening to Another Thing, it isn't hard to understand why Storrs likes being in the driver's seat -- this is the sort of esoteric project that many labels would have vetoed. Unaccompanied throughout the album, Storrs plays nothing but drums and percussion. These raw, skeletal performances are hard to categorize, although one could call Another Thing world music because of all the African, Caribbean, Arabic, and Latin influences. It isn't hard to imagine the type of responses that Storrs would have received had he approached a lot of major-label A&R people with this project -- more than likely, he would have heard, "This is intriguing, but how are we supposed to market something this esoteric? I'm afraid I'll have to pass." But since Storrs owns his own label, he didn't have to worry about Another Thing being rejected by an A&R department. Storrs knew that the project had merit and, thankfully, he was in a position to give himself the green light. Albums that offer nothing but drums and percussion aren't for everyone; however, those who are really knowledgeable of drumming and percussion styles from different parts of the globe will find the album interesting. Serious world music enthusiasts will enjoy pinpointing Storrs' various influences; they will get a kick out of citing the Moroccan influence here or the Afro-Cuban influence there. Another Thing is a CD that deserved to be made.

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