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James Falzone / Klang: Tea Music

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The much-admired 1950s work of clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre is the inspiration for James Falzone's quartet, known as Klang. But like most things emanating from the insular world of Chicago jazz, the signature is never forged.

Falzone, a clarinetist, has explored many musical forms, from classical and chamber music to French folk and jazz. He has played with Jorrit Dijkstra's Flatlands Collective and collaborated with Steve Lacy, Joe Maneri, and Fred Lonberg-Holm. Klang formed in 2006 when Falzone and vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, a member of twenty working bands including the Nicole Mitchell Quartet, improvised one night along with bassist ...

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James Falzone / Jason Adasiewicz / Jason Roebke: Klang

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Dudley Bayne's fledgling Luminescence label was formed to capture moments in time that may never repeat again. The pianist found the Chicago scene a whirlwind of activity, with soon-to-be famous musicians forming multiple groups, and he began recording their shows. His Luminescence Live releases are a series of limited edition discs documenting some very creative music making.

Klang, recorded in 2007, is a quartet begun by Falzone that favors a modern chamber jazz sound. The reeedman--heard here on clarinet alone--is also a member of the French folk music group Le Bon Vent and Jorrit Dijkstra's Flatlands Collective, and ...

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James Falzone / Allos Musica: The Sign and the Thing Signified

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Clarinetist James Falzone finds the inspiration for his music in various sources, among them the study of signs and symbols. It is from this aspect that this CD gets its name.

Falzone brings several musical styles into his compositions. He is an articulate and interesting composer who utilizes the structure of classical music, the rhythms of Klezmer, the spark of polytonality and an abandon witnessed in free blowing to build a vibrant body.

Arkasia captures these elements for a stunning statement. The calm opening gives the lie for what is to follow, but it is also the factor that shows ...



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