Trumpeter Jason Klobnak has a knack for creating inviting and exciting music. On this, his debut album, he presents nine easy-to-digest originals that are neither overly bland nor excessively bold; he finds the perfect line between those two poles. Klobnak's quintet, made up of a two-horn front line and a standard three piece rhythm section, covers the usual ground, moving from mid-tempo ("Back & Forth") and up-tempo swing-ish scenarios ("U.L.T (Undetermined Length Of Time)") to soulful ballads ("Where Would I Go?") to funky fare ("Sego") without a problem. Loose shapes come together to form an uplifting picture ...read more
"The Jazz Mainstream" is a sub-genre that has, by necessity, changed with the music's evolution. During the 1910s and '20s, New Orleans and Chicago ruled the mainstream, while the '30s and '40s belonged to big band swing. With the twilight of the big bands, combos shrunk to quartet and quintet size and bebop burned brightly in the late '40s and early '50s, maybe not becoming the mainstream, but setting it up by sparking the cool movement and hard bop of the '50s and '60s. It was the assimilation of these two movements that became what might be considered the jazz ...read more
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