If you ever want to feel really bad about what you haven't done with your life, all you have to do is take a look at the young bloods over at Table and Chairs records, Seattle's recently launched musician-founded nu-music label, where the average age on their roster of award winning jazz musicians, renowned session players, and Earshot Jazz taste makers stands right around 20, give or take a year.
Andy Clausen, for example, who tomorrow last month will released his Wishbone Suite (containing as many tracks as he has years--19), has a revered musical pedigree (Roosevelt High Jazz Ensemble, Julliard School) and recognitions from the New York Times and The Monterrey Jazz Festival that make you--or wait, no, that's me--squirm to think of what I had achieved at his age (which was definitely not scoring concert length compositions).
And though Wishbone can be easily seen as jazz music for jazz heads, its quite rock-n-roll in another way. Where the old formula was to get a bunch of dudes together, learn instruments along the way, re-hash traditional forms of music, and make a record in the process, Clausen has the instrumentation down pat and instead deconstructs the form, building his lovely suite from the ground up in the confident knowledge of his skill and the technique of his ensemble, creating improvisational brushstrokes through elements of classical composition, frenzied syncopation, flashes of pop structure, and buoyant, melodic themes.
It's another great entry for Table and Chairs and a beautiful piece of music--and a very apropos soundtrack to accompany any prolonged thinking of your long, lost youth.