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THOLLEM/RIVERA
Everything's Going Everywhere
EDT5005

Everything’s Going Everywhere, featuring pianist Thollem Mcdonas and drummer Rick Rivera bring to the jazz world a sonic journey bursting with excitement well needed in jazz and improvisation in the 21st century. Drawing from such diverse forms of inspiration as nuclear bombs, modern classical and Arabic music, to free jazz, punk, and traffic sounds, these two musical Iconoclasts transcend the past, and the limits of their influences, re-organizing traditional ideas into a sonic commentary about the space between rebellion, politics, and hummingbirds.

Listen to Inbetween inbetween from Everything's Going Everywhere

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"The duo has a great feel on the album. One of the absolute standout cuts, however, is 'Tritones and Howls', a chaotic free work that features fierce playing by both Rivera and McDonas. The track is one in which communication could have easily broken down. But the way McDonas and Rivera interact keeps everything on the verge of breakdown without ever falling off the tracks."
- Ryan McDermott, One Final Note (full feature story...)

"The music may be thoroughly spontaneous, but it is hardly without sensitive listening and interaction between this San Francisco-based pianist McDonas and drummer Rick Rivera...There are a lot of ideas, and a lot of constantly changing sounds to keep our attention, and make us think , or question!"
- Winthrop Bedford, Jazz Improv Magazine

"...the playing is full of (both) energy & calm. That's one of the most distinctive aspects of Mcdonas' keyboard work."
- Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazz Nation

"Unique is not adequate to describe the rich, priceless tones and clusters Thollem commands from all 88 with perceptive, percussive accents from Rivera. CLASSICAL JAZZ GENIUS"
- Outlier KFJC 89.7 FM Los Altos Hills, CA

“The Thollem / Rivera issue is a refreshing departure from the jazz status quo, featuring powerful juxtapositions between the many musical forms spanning aggressive avant jazz to pointillistic modern composition. A wonderfully balanced program full of tension and release. It's a musical journey combining the bombastic and the introspective. Thanks for the ride.”
- Jason Finkelman, WEFT 90.1 FM Champaign, IL

“Lots of fun, which is sometimes hard to say with so many notes flying by. These guys know how to make exciting music, no matter what you want to call it.”
- J. Worley Aiding & Abetting

"Thollem McDonas and Rick Rivera confirm and reinforce
the great impression they made with their debut CD,
thanks to this series of canon subversions which sound absolutely natural in their wayside view."
- MASSIMO RICCI, Touchingextremes

"McDonas is in touch with life and the world we live in. It's the music we need. Music with great purity.a very rich CD these two musicians deliver, not to be missed by those interested in new music and new jazz and everybody else."
- Vital Weekly

Thollem Mcdonas - piano
Rick Rivera -drums