Phat hed – Tom Walsh with Steve Swell

Minna Re Shin

1. Introduction 6:55
2. Transition 2:21
3. Main Theme 6:36
4. Drunk Man 8:07
5. 1958 9:20
6. Nitra Oxide 5:59
7. Backwoods Song 4:54
8. A Walking Thing 3:37

Tom Walsh - Trombone
Tom Walsh
Phat Hed leader and producer
Post-digital, groove-approved, flesh’n’bone … jazz Formed in 2000, Phat Hed Trio has shared the stage with Montréal’s NOMA & New York’s Sex Mob. Trombonists Wolter Wierbos (Amsterdam) & NYC’s Steve Swell joined Walsh & Co. adventures in 2002 concert productions for Traqu’enart & the Montréal Jazz Fest..

Summer 2004 sees Phat Hed premiering its self-titled CD, recorded live in 2003 during the heat of festival performances in Canada and … Slovakia!

Festival concert featuring the ‘twin-bone’ treat of Tom Walsh & Steve Swell with bass/drum intelligence supplied by Miles Perkin & Thom Gossage. Also included: Walsh’s latest foray into ‘DNA mutation’ – a ‘free radical’ Hungarian version of Phat Hed! Magyar/Gypsy star virtuosos Balázs Elemér on drums and Szandai Mátyás on contrabass join Walsh in a surprisingly spicy concert in Nitra, Slovakia.

Walsh originally formed Phat Hed to work ‘in vitro’ with modular portions of the larger NOMA’s more demanding compositions; i.e. breaking the double trio into electric & acoustic trios to find the heart of each song.

The group’s tenor/bass colors have since evolved into a unique voice, featuring driving grooves, extended techniques and, above all, a sense of humor and irreverence. There is no icon, no style of music too rare to be brought into the recipe book.

Phat Hed has unearthed roots… and spores; Phat Hed now aims from the vein.

*NOMA is a double trio septet:
electric bass, guitar/fx & drums (left)
acoustic bass, prepared guitar & drums (right),
trombone/sampler (center).


Ken Egbert‘s review for Jazz Now:
“Small record labels with big ears like Ombu have brought us Tom Walsh’s trio/quartet Phat Hed, and there’s some heady (no pun intended) stuff going on here.”