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Meeting the Challenge (2007)

The Jam Club at CATA had been meeting bi-weekly throughout the school year. We had some rough sketches that we worked from, but the recording is largely improvised, including three brand new tunes we played for the first time ever the day we recorded.

More Than You Bargained For (Not In The Face) (2008)

These tunes are mostly improvised, with very little planning, and are all complete takes with minimal post-production.

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Cata Jam Club

BIOGRAPHY

Jam Club gets together and just... jams. There is usually little discussion, maybe a chord center, then we play and see where it goes. Jam Club is open to all students who wish to attend, but this year experienced dwindling membership mostly due to a lack of focus and/or understanding of the process among the attendees. As a result, this is a stripped-down version. Michael (www.myspace.com/mallardsmusic) has been a member of Birds In The Rain, as well as producing his own singer/songwriter material as "Mallard." Currently he and Zac have formed Cantonese Traffic. Zac (www.zacarnault.com) is the busiest man in show business now that James Brown has left the building. In addition to his own solo project for this year's challenge and the aforementioned Cantonese Traffic, Zac has been producing discs for others, as well as lending his bass and vocals to various projects, most notably Revolutrio. Mr. Keith (www.thomkeith.com) hid in the background this year, only taking part in 3 projects. A fourth was a victim of technology, but may lead to a commercial release. He is currently a member of Equal Time and Camera 4, and is the co-founder of Avant Coast (www.avantcoast.com).

BAND MEMBERS
Michael Allard - guitar, percussion, cell phone Zac Arnault - bass, piano, cell phone Thom Keith - tenor saxophone, beat box, vocal

YEARS COMPLETED
2007,2008

GENRES
Instrumental


Completed Albums

Meeting the Challenge(2007)

The Jam Club at CATA had been meeting bi-weekly throughout the school year. We had some rough sketches that we worked from, but the recording is largely improvised, including three brand new tunes we played for the first time ever the day we recorded.


Soul Journey
Mayfield
On Our Way (The Drums Call Us Home)
Confusion in the Band
Cairo Strut
Marmalade Conversation
Pharoah's Boogie

More Than You Bargained For (Not In The Face)(2008)

These tunes are mostly improvised, with very little planning, and are all complete takes with minimal post-production.


Tumult And Discontent In The Ant Colony
Spasmodic Mutations Of Baked Goods
Mr. Fletcher's Roadkill Science Fair Class (A Dead Owl's Perspective)
Ibby
The Absurdity Of The Melange Of The Status Quo
Tempered Optimism
Meditema Tango De La Bronzulu
A Morning Without Coffee
Daddy-A Boogie
Retrogression
Trepidation And Deliverance From Horror
The Cathartic Absolution Of A Sweatsock
More Than You Bargained For
Nokia Jam