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“The goal of most bands is to capture an audience with the raw musical power of their live performances. Guitarist/ukuleleist/composer Jeremiah Kirby, 34, spent several years trying to do that in a ska-punk band that played all over North Texas, including at the defunct and much-lamented Galaxy Club in Deep Ellum during the late 1990s and early ’00s. But with his new jazz instrumental trio Lazy Summer, Kirby has a more modest but arguably trickier aim: Performing music that’s quieter but that still makes an impact on listeners. “I was playing in a lot of bars, but I was getting older, and I decided I didn’t want to be in ‘the loud band’ anymore,” said Kirby, a Burleson native and self-trained musician. “I wanted to make music that was pretty, that was the background to people’s lives, wherever they happened to be.” Some purists might call that betraying the rock ’n’ roll ethos. Others would declare it a sign of growing up. Kirby went from a teenager emulating t”

“Maybe the kind of breezy, acoustic jazz found on Lazy Summer’s debut can be made only in a place where you can get the occasional 80-degree day in December. Produced and engineered at Eagle Audio by Britt Robisheaux, Fall Creeping In is 10 tracks of balmy, trumpet-heavy instrumentals. Recorded without drums, the songs are given heft by Fungi Girls’ bassist Deryck Barrera’s busy, melodic runs. He never overplays, instead providing a low-end context for Jeremiah Kirby’s guitar and ukulele and Justin Weisenborn’s trumpet. Clever arrangements and chord progressions make this more than easy-listening music — while the first few songs (“El Indio,” “Know Any Ideas,” “Paste”) set a decidedly autumnal mood, “Clowns on Drugs” is a much more active listening experience, alternating between dreamy, finger-picked ukulele progressions and nicely goofy time changes that relax into short, funky grooves. “Clowns” steers the rest of the record into more of these nifty arr”

“The descriptor “whimsical” can sometimes be wielded like an epithet, but in the case of Arlington trio Lazy Summer ( Jeremiah Kirby, Justin Weisenborn and Deryck Barrera), it’s a near-perfect fit. Folding jazz, folk and pop together to create something quite unlike any other band in North Texas, Fall Creeping In is a luminous debut, overseen by Britt Robisheaux at Fort Worth’s Eagle Audio. These 10 instrumentals, which the band’s Bandcamp page says were recorded in just five hours, sway like reeds between upbeat (album opener El Indio; Paste) and melancholy ( Know Any Ideas). Arresting and engaging, not to mention creatively limitless, this threesome is one of the most exciting to emerge from the fertile local musical scene in recent memory.”