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Album Leaf show tonight to be last with longtime band

May 14, 2010 - 1:01 pm

In a phone call to San Diego CityBeat on Wednesday, The Album Leaf mastermind Jimmy LaValle confirmed that tonight’s show at the North Park Birch Theatre will be the last show he plays with many of the musicians he has performed with for over eight years. Among those moving on include longtime drummer and percussionist Tim Reese and guitarist Drew Andrews. LaValle says that the latter wants to focus exclusively on his solo material, while Reese will soon be moving to Denver which would make performing and collaborating together increasingly difficult especially with LaValle now residing in Santa Cruz.

“We’ve been together for a really long time,” says LaValle. “It just seems like the right time for doing something different.”

LaValle will be playing as The Album Leaf on the festival circuit this summer but says that it will be with a more “stripped-down,” three-piece formation which will include longtime collaborator Matt Resovich and new drummer James McAlister (formerly of Tulsa, Oklahoma band Ester Drang). Having just put out the new, more orchestral album, A Chorus of Storytellers, LaValle says he’s not sure if future recording sessions will also incorporate a more minimal approach.

“Right now I just want to create a mystery. Is The Album Leaf going to be this three piece thing? Is it going to be two guys and a string section? Is it going to be a full band? That’s the way I want to look at it. To keep it open-ended.”

“It’s kind of exciting in a way as well,” adds LaValle. “To think, ‘What am I gonna do?’ I used to do shows solo with Sigur Rós and I’ve done tours with just Drew and I, but that’s always been fun for me. I’ll be playing more guitar and shit. It’ll be cool.”

You can read more about The Album Leaf and LaValle in the feature we did in last week’s issue.

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