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Everywhere Band: Music Is... (2011)

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Everywhere Band: Music Is... Track review of "In Light There Is Song"

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Everywhere Band has a bit of an identity crisis on this three-song EP. Multi-reedist/composer/leader Joshua Kwassman
Joshua Kwassman
b.1988
sax, alto
takes the band through reworkings of two semi-modern pop hits—John Mayer's "Clarity" and Dave Matthews' "Satellite"— with mixed results, painting an uneven picture of what this band can do. Sometimes this music cooks under the flame of guitarist Michael Valeanu's Allman Brothers Band
Allman Brothers Band
Allman Brothers Band

band/orchestra
-like guitar solos, but other moments present a meandering musical ensemble that lacks a strong directional intent. This turns out to be a real shame, because the lone original track nestled in between those performances is a brilliant display of sonic splendor that deserves to be heard by the masses.

"In Light There Is Song" is a compositional marvel that lives in the realm of Maria Schneider
Maria Schneider
Maria Schneider

band/orchestra
's work, albeit on a smaller scale. Clanging chimes in the breeze give way to optimistic piano work from Fabian Ortiz
Fabian Ortiz
Fabian Ortiz

piano
. The layers eventually start to stack up as Kwassman enters, followed by Arielle Feinman's soaring, wordless vocals, which shine in a Kate McGarry
Kate McGarry
Kate McGarry

vocalist
-meets-Gretchen Parlato
Gretchen Parlato
Gretchen Parlato

vocalist
manner. Shimmering cymbals dangle over shiny glockenspiel sounds, adding to the heavenly mix and the entire band, eventually, dovetails with one another, as piano, guitar—now in a Ben Monder
Ben Monder
Ben Monder
b.1962
guitar
-like mode— glockenspiel, clarinet and bass enjoy each others' company. As the music evolves over the course of eleven-and-a-half minutes, Kwassman presents a gorgeous, kaleidoscopic picture of resplendent sounds that mark him as a compositional force on the rise.

Personnel: Joshua Kwassman: woodwinds; Arielle Feinman: vocals, glockenspiel; Michael Valeanu: guitar; Fabian Ortiz: piano; Nick Jozwiak: bass; James Muschler: drums.

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Modern Jazz


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