Sometimes, a name is all it takes to get attention. Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet has such a name. But the name alone doesn't necessarily mean good quality. The band still has to play, and play they do on Underdog, and Other Stories .... The ensemble is comprised of Kooshian on piano, Jeff Lederer on saxophones, Tom Hubbard on bass, and Scott Neumann and Warren Odze on drums. Kooshian, a native of San Jose, California, migrated to New York at the age of 26. That opened the door to gigs at Radio City Music Hall, Birdland, the ...read more
Ignore the fact that pianist Ted Kooshian regularly covers cartoon and TV music in his quartet and what's left is an appreciation for music that swings exceptionally hard, and a passion for each tune that is anything but animated."
Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet has produced its second volume of music, Underdog And Other Stories..., following a self-titled release from 2008 that contained covers of The Simpsons' theme, Batman, Top Cat, and the music of Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, and Sting.
But these are not covers, as in the ostentatious music of The Bad Plus, with its tendency towards a gaudy ...read more
Getting past the sci-fi cover artwork of this album, there's some pretty diverting jazz within. Pianist Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet has a different spin on the music. The thematic concept is to play music from animated Saturday morning television science fiction broadcasts of yore. In order to complement the aforementioned seven themes, Kooshian his group submit their versions of rock tunes plus a take on Borodin/Wright's standard Baubles, Bangles and Beads."
It is possible that you've seen or heard Kooshian as the pianist in the Ed Palermo Big Band, a group noted for its musical investigation of ...read more