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“The Los Angeles Jazz Quartet” are experienced and highly skilled jazz musicians who have individually performed or toured with such notables as Brad Mehldau, Lee Konitz, Bily Childs and others. On their latest release, Conversation Piece the Quartet follow up their well-received, Look To The East.
Conversation Piece is all about crafty, well-mannered ensemble work and strong, memorable compositions such as bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz’ soft, lightly swinging and harmonious –“Blues For Old Friends” or drummer Kevin Tullius’ delicate and stirring ballad titled, “Tribute”. On these pieces, the men display sure-handed control of their instruments while making every note count, in a majestic sort of way. The quartet elicit images of a smoky jazz club in the wee hours of the morning with their humble rendition of Monk’s “Round Midnight” while they swing through a variation of a waltz on Larry Koonse’ aptly titled composition, “All Things Waltz”. Here, Koonse displays his acute artistry of jazz guitar as he comps along with the slick, yet driving rhythms also featuring a fine bass solo by Darek Oleszkiewicz. The Quartet wind down on a somber note with Tullius' composition, “A Thank You”.
Simply put, “The Los Angeles Jazz Quartet” get down to the basics yet add an indelible mark through quietly invigorating ensemble work, memorable compositions and an overwhelming sense of unity and focus...... Good jazz with a distinctive edge! * * *
Chuck Manning; Tenor Saxophone: Larry Koonse; Guitar: Darek
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com