Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club
Lauren Sevian Quartet
Inner Circle Music
's Explorer's Club got its start as the Boston-based CK5: two horns, guitar, bass and drums, so adding a trombone to the mix didn't seem like too much of a stretch considering Kohlhase's connection to the work of his former teacher, Roswell Rudd. But when a composer like Kohlhase (who also plays alto and tenor saxophones) adds a second drummer to the group, the possibilities for interplay increase exponentially. His arrangements favor dialogue over soloing, carving out duos from the whole (as well as trios and quartets) AACM-style when the full band isn't plowing ahead Mingus-style. The ten cuts on Adventures feature rollicking collective melodic statements, gunslinging showdowns and players leaving one conversation in order to enter another, as if a group of raconteurs and true wits had gathered around a table. This interaction generates a wild energy around this session as the mood shifts from track to track or within a track, the music constantly in flux. Adventures makes a bold statement, tempered with humor and a disregard for self-importance, that adds up to a gripping musical experience.
Baritone saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase
Tracks and Personnel
Tracks: Jasper Jaguar; Deceptor; Kohlhase and Forever; Loquator & Taciturnator; The Alarm Clock is My Only Kryptonite; Stealing Beauty/Potuder Time; Thryllkyll on the Schyllkyll/Psychopath on the Cyclepath; Decide For yourself; Superhero Beatdown; Utensor; The Star of the Show.
Personnel: Charlie Kohlhase: alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Matt Langley: tenor and soprano saxophones; Jeff Galindo: trombone; Eric Hofbauer: guitar; Jef Charland: bass; Eric Hofbauer: guitar; Jef Charland: bass; Chris Punis: drums.
Tracks: Blueprint; Elusive Illusion; Not So Softly; One for C. Payne; Gesture of No Fear; True; For Mr. Stubb; Outline; Intrepid Traveler; The Free Effect.
Personnel: Lauren Sevian: baritone saxophone; George Colligan: piano; Boris Kozlov: bass; Johnathan Blake: drums; Mike DiRubbo: alto saxophone.
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