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Album Review

Quinsin Nachoff: Pivotal Arc

Read "Pivotal Arc" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Canadian saxophonist and composer Quinsin Nachoff's newest outing out on Whirlwind Recordings once again proves what was established long before: that nothing about his approach to jazz is common. As a matter of fact, if his name weren't almost exclusively mentioned in jazz publications, jazz wouldn't necessarily be the first thing that came to mind when confronted with his music. A fact that appears even more valid with regard to his new effort, Pivotal Arc. Opening with a ...

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Album Review

Quinsin Nachoff's Flux: Path Of Totality

Read "Path Of Totality" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Quinsin Nachoff is a saxophonist and composer who draws inspiration from the world around him. The 2017 solar eclipse, the 2016 American presidential election, Kenny Wheeler and John Cage all figured in the creation of the music on Path Of Totality, an ambitious program combining jazz, classical music and prog rock. It is performed by his group Flux, an impressive collection of forward-thinking musicians, Nachoff and David Binney on saxophone, Matt Mitchell on all manner of keyboards and both Kenny ...

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Album Review

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux: Path of Totality

Read "Path of Totality" reviewed by S.G Provizer


Composer/musician/producer Quinsin Nachoff, the force behind Path of Totality, is interested in and is at least somewhat conversant with physics and other things celestial. The 'Totality' he refers to in the title is that period of complete darkness, which is achieved during a complete solar eclipse. Of course, using themes is fairly common in jazz releases (The Moon, Springtime, Cole Porter, etc.) and it's always folly to overdraw metaphors drawn from science (or, for that matter, from another art form). ...

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Album Review

Quinsin Nachoff's Flux: Path Of Totality

Read "Path Of Totality" reviewed by Roger Farbey


The title of Quinsin Nachoff's ambitious double album refers to the August 2017 lunar eclipse, when the moon passed in front of the sun and cast a shadow known as the “path of totality." This event also gave rise to a twin-headed metaphor reflecting both his band's creative evolutionary process and the current political and environmental discord in which (hopefully) light will triumph over darkness. Nachoff's approach is to employ his quartet as a nucleus for the album but also ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux & Hot Heros

Read "Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux & Hot Heros" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A pair of albums from Northern European artists demonstrate a similar approach in this episode--improvising upon the folk melodies of their countries--Poland's Irek Wojtczak and his Folk Five and Finland's Hot Heros. For Wojtczak, he's just happy to see his recording available: the radio station that was recording the live concert lost the tapes, but fortunately, like a lot of other musicians, he recorded the shows himself. Hot Heros is a trio with connections to another prominent Finnish band: Black ...

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Album Review

Quinsin Nachoff: Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio

Read "Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It's interesting how modern jazz performers come to the music from very different circumstances than those of players of bygone eras. Instead of learning their craft in a bar or bagnio, they went to a conservatory to sharpen their chops. What they lack in perceived street-smarts (the outdated 1950s hipster delusion of jazzman as junkie), they make up for with a richness of talents and a knowledge of modern music. All this can be said of saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff. He ...

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Album Review

Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio: Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio

Read "Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Unlike Canada-raised/New York-based reedman Quinsin Nachoff's previous recordings--Flux, Magic Numbers, Horizons Ensemble, FoMo and 5 New Dreams--this is a trio album. “Clairvoyant Jest" benefits from a buoyant head which initially propels the number, as Nachoff's improvisatory talent manifests in his soloing, a marriage of Albert Ayler's meanderings with Sonny Rollins' fluid articulacy. “Imagination Reconstruction" employs its preceding track's methodology but evinces a touch of Ornette Coleman in the trio's fluid cohesion. “Gravitas" is just that: ...


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