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Klang: Tea Music

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Four musicians from Chicago, led by clarinetist James Falzone, call themselves Klang, which is the German word for “sound." But Klang's debut, Tea Music, projects more than just sound; it goes deeper than that. The music is a re-examination of Jimmy Giuffre's combination of vibes and clarinet in his late-1950s ensembles. Bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy join vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and Falzone to create an album that alternates between fast and moderate rhythms; and haunting and colorful tunes.

Mostly composed by Falzone, with two pieces by Roebke and one by Daisy, the music possesses a smart, clean approach ...

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Klang: Tea Music

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Formed in 2006 for a now defunct improvised music series, Klang has since become one of Chicago-based clarinetist James Falzone's primary working groups. An update of the swing era clarinet and vibes combination popularized by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton, the quartet (which features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy) taps into some of Falzone's fondest indulgences on their studio debut, Tea Music, including a series of compositions inspired by clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre's 1950s-era small combo writing.

Key to the intimate, chamber music like dynamic of this quartet is the kaleidoscopic vibraphone playing of ...

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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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