takes the band through reworkings of two semi-modern pop hitsJohn 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
-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
-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.