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U.S.E.—Urbina, Scarano, Eldred—adventurous, fresh, exciting, focused…honest. These are gifted musicians and Sideways Circle is their title for this debut album. It is a provocative title with implications. The trio, in fact, comes at you from multiple perspectives and angles—sideways, forward, backward, up and down, in and out, diagonally. Their music and playing are not constrained by convention; the group dynamic is organic and completely attractive; the beautifully-constructed compositions are heartfelt, ferocious, soothing, in your face, gentle. From the plaintive, yet energetic “Features of a Forgotten Face,” to the pointillistic and hard driving “One Zero Nine,” to the inward-looking “That Story About You,” to the powerful outpouring of “What Did You Think?”—and on everything in between—this band cooks at all temperatures. The music and the playing are original and deep. U.S.E.—Urbina, Scarano, Eldred. They understand the sources, their collective voice is compelling, and they know where they are going. This is a trio of the highest order.

— Norman David, Philadelphia, April 24, 2019


released June 7, 2019

Recorded on August 23, 2018 at Milkboy The Studio in Philadelphia, PA.
Engineered and mixed by John Anthony.
Mastered by Michael Perez-Cisneros in New York, NY.
Produced by Norman David, Sandy Eldred, Matt Scarano, and Andrew Urbina.
Artwork by Ra-Kalam Bob Moses.
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U.S.E. Trio (Andrew Urbina, Matt Scarano, Sandy Eldred) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Urbina, Scarano, and Eldred started playing together in 2017. Their instant affinity for improvising together over unique, and sometimes completely improvised, musical forms is what propelled their project. Each member contributes compositions to the bands ever-growing repertory. The trios first two albums, "Sideways Circle" & "Sideways Circle LIVE" are now available on LabelWhoAble. ... more

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