Though he has long admired the small combo recordings of legendary clarinetist Benny Goodman, Chicago-based clarinetist James Falzone never intended to record a tribute to the revered King of Swing. As a former student of modern composition at the New England Conservatory with a strong presence in Chicago's fertile free-improvisation scene, Falzone assumed his youthful gigs playing retro-swing dances were long behind him. An invitation to celebrate the Benny Goodman centennial at the 2009 Chicago Jazz Festival led him to re-investigate Goodman's legacy, which consequently brought to light similarities between the renowned band leader's ideas and his own. Goodman's insistence ...read more
With Other Doors, Klang leader and clarinetist James Falzone has documented a body of music he worked on, after being invited to celebrate what would have been Benny Goodman's 100th birthday, at the Chicago Jazz Festival back in 2009. As he's a highly creative individual in his own right, he hasn't gone for any sterile Swing Era reconstruction, instead fashioning a program which makes for rewarding listening even while it doesn't lose sight of its original stimulus. But this is just as it should be. As an instrumentalist, Falzone is as much a player after John Carter ...read more
The reverberation and sound camaraderie of the young Norwegian trio Klangkameratane (or even better in its onomatopoeic pronunciation, the klang comrades) was founded in 2006, against its members' will," as its MySpace page declares. All three members of the trio are twenty-five years old, and studied jazz together in Bergen. Guitarist Even Helte Hermansen is a former student of experimental guitarist Ivar Grydeland and is a member of Shining, while drummers Øyvind Hegg-Lunde and Øyvind Skarbø have both studied with one of the most creative percussionist and sound sculptors, Terje Isungset.
This limited edition debut--only 300 ...read more