Los Angeles Jazz Quartet: Family Song
Not Two Records is Marek Winiarski’s label, located in Krakow, Poland. Winiarski produced the LAJQ’s first album, Astarte, as well as this one. Their second album and upcoming fourth album are both on the NAXOS label. More information about the LAJQ may be found at http://www.naxosmusic.com/cat/86009.htm .
Engaging in group improvisation for "Briggs," the quartet lights solemn fires. It’s a unique piece with equal input from the quartet’s four members. Also containing a fair amount of drama is "Resurgence," an up-tempo piece in the hard bop idiom with off-kilter bass work. Manning and Koonse stretch out considerably. Four ballads emphasize the quartet’s penchant for melodic beauty: "Family Song," "Winding Road," in memory of bassist Eric von Essen, "Rachel and Sarah," dedicated to Koonse’s young daughters, and "A Tear from New York." Up-tempo swingers "The Honeymoon" and "Message from Roit" pick things up with a walking bass, ride cymbal, and foot tappin’ energy. Each artist pumps something extra into the formula: a subtle change in the harmony by guitar, a brief rudimentary snare drum fill, or a bass double-stop. The LAJQ is carrying on the tradition of classic acoustic mainstream jazz while incorporating original compositions and spontaneous thoughts.
Track Listing: Family Song; Briggs; Message from Roit; Resurgence; Winding Road; A Tear from New York; The Honeymoon; Rachel and Sarah.
Personnel: Larry Koonse- guitar; Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz- bass; Kevin Tullius- drums; Chuck Manning- tenor sax, soprano sax on "A Tear from New York."
Record Label: Not Two Records