The Other Quartet: Sound Stains
This New York City-based outfit celebrates 2001 with its followup to the irrefutably engaging 13 Pieces. The Other Quartet alludes to a very special aggregation as its moniker might imply that the group represents a bit more than your commonplace mainstream jazz foursome. A bass-less unit, the quartet originally formed by trumpeter Russ Johnson and saxophonist Ohad Talmor extends its charter with a series of shrewdly conceived bop motifs, fiery solos, knotty time signatures and much more! With "Refraction," the band sustains a turbulent ebb and flow amid a mushrooming effect where guitarist Pete McCann turns up the heat via heavily amplified rock-fusion type runs and scorching crunch chords. However, on "Walking Leo," the group tones it down a bit largely due to Talmor's saccharine clarinet work in concert with a memorably melodic hook.
"Chamber Piece No.3" is a rambunctious free jazz romp, whereas the musicians also incorporate 70's style funk grooves into their already extensive repertoire. Conversely, these gents kick up a storm throughout, as they take the listener on a musical (and perhaps emotional) roller coaster ride along with all of the recognizable twist, turns and unanticipated deviations from the norm - - Ardently recommended
Track Listing: 1.Bouncing Boontsy 2.Refraction 3.TOQ-TOQ 4.Memorial For the People of Turkey 5.Walking Leo 6.Romp 7.Chamber Piece No.3 8.Cages on Cage 9.Piano Concerto No.2, 2nd Movement 10.
Personnel: Ohad Talmor: tenor sax & clarinet