98

Kalifactors: An Introduction to Kalifactors

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Kalifactors: An Introduction to Kalifactors
For a crew this young—average age 24—the Kalifactors have put together an impressive debut. An Introduction to Kalifactors showcases the talents of four musicians in the middle of their (formal) musical educations at Berklee and The New England Conservatory.

The sax/piano/bass/drums quartet offers up a set of engaging originals in the mainstream jazz tradition. The opener, "Where Am I?", is jaunty and dark at the same time, with saxophonist Robert Stillman blowing a cool Stan Getz tone in front of a crisp rhythm. The band did a three week tour of Spain in November 2001, just a few months before this recording, and they obviously gelled into a tight, crisp unit.

On the ballad "The Magician," pianist Albert Sanz enters into a delicate Bill Evans mode; and the mid-tempo "The Rhumba" slides into a sinuous groove, with piano and drums engaged in a point/counterpoint conversation. "Un Ultimo Esfuezo" features Stillman's stretched-out lines up against pianist Sanz in an angular, percussive mood.

These are talented musicians and fine songwriters, but I would love to have heard them tackle a standard, or—considering their ages—something from the rock world, a la the much-hyped Bad Plus or Dave Douglas.

A solid debut. We'll be hearing more from The Kalifactors.

Visit www.freshsoundrecordings.com

Track Listing

Where Am I?, Kalifactors, Bus, The Magician, The Rhumba, Un Ultimo Esfuerza, A.M. 5:31

Personnel

Albert Sanz, piano; Robert Stillman, tenor sax; Chris Van Voorst Van Beest, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums

Album information

Title: An Introduction to Kalifactors | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Blue Moon

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Message from Groove and GW
Message from Groove and GW
The Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band
Read Hard Bop
Hard Bop
Eric Binder
Read Duos & Trios
Duos & Trios
Armaroli - Schiaffini - Sjostrom
Read How Can We Wake?
How Can We Wake?
Josephine Davies
Read Blue Has A Range
Blue Has A Range
Steve Cardenas
Read Then Now
Then Now
Rob Brown - Matthew Shipp
Read Human Dust Suite
Human Dust Suite
Miki Yamanaka
Read You're It!
You're It!
The Mike Melito/Dino Losito Quartet

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.