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by Troy Collins
Bizingas is the self-titled debut of trombonist Brian Drye's quartet of the same name. A versatile stylist whose resume includes stints with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Slavic Soul Party and indie rock stars like Arcade Fire, Drye's eclecticism is a common trait in the fertile Brooklyn scene he calls home, where his protean sensibility is best realized as sideman to artists like drummer John Hollenbeck, trombonist Curtis Hasselbring and cornetist Kirk Knuffke.Though he has recorded frequently with the ...read more
by Mark Corroto
Trombonist/composer Brian Drye is a modern musician for whom jazz is but one ingredient in his music. To him, the term is merely a pigeonhole, meant to typecast and eventually marginalize his work. He is not alone in this prescience, on Bizingas, Drye is accompanied by three visionary and quixotic players: cornetist Kirk Knuffke; guitarist Jonathan Goldberger; and drummer Ches Smith.Like his other work in the Balkan music outfit Slavic Soul Party, the chamber ensemble The Four Bags, ...read more
by Elliott Simon
Personnel-wise, the Four Bags have a more than tenuous connection to Balkan beat masters Slavic Soul Party. Musically however, this foursome treads the more ambiguous territory of worldly flavored chamber/contemporary classical jazz. This is turf the Four Bags have nurtured and in a large way defined. Their two previous releases included, among classically grounded originals, the Beach Boys, Bertolt Brecht and Chopin. Live at Barbès, artfully mixed by downtown keyboard wizard Jamie Saft, captures the quartet during two nights at ...read more