25

Tim Stine Quartet: Knots

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Tim Stine Quartet: Knots
Guitarist Tim Stine leads a democratically oriented quartet with progressive/free jazz Chicago heavyweights, providing a bit of credence to the album moniker since many of these pieces are woven together with incongruent angles and geometrical designs. With false endings, scrappy breakouts and off-metered pulses, the leader's intricate chordal and single note developments assist with maintaining an unpredictable or suspenseful array of unconventional works.

The band occasionally veers off into diametrical and intersecting discourses, often intensified by saxophonist Nick Mazzarella's explosive phrasings. Yet "Trempealeau" is a linear ballad with the frontline's punctual bursts as the band also uses space to regroup or change the parameters via the saxophonist's introspective solo and drummer Quin Kirchner's use of mallets across the kit. Moreover, bassist Matt Ulery's corpulent and fluent lines generate a moveable anchor during much of the production.

There isn't much in the way of melodic content here, but the album opens some windows far as creative musical engineering goes. It's largely about the execution of mind-jarring episodic content, undulating flows and reverse engineering processes. Stine and associates do their best to keep the willing listener on his or her toes. The final track "Kjallstert," features Ulery's deep lines and Stine's fluent and expressive voicings atop Kirchner's swarming patterns. Essentially, the band hits it rather hard and tempers the playing field via the guitarist's nimble leads and dexterous chord progressions, whereas subsequent listens disclose a cluster of previously undetected surprises.

Track Listing

SH8; Knots; Fred Waltzing; Trempealeau; Quietus; Ride Wild Rides; Kjallstret.

Personnel

Tim Stine: guitar; Nick Mazzarella: alto saxophone; Matt Ulery: bass; Quin Kirchner: drums.

Album information

Title: Knots | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Giulia
Giulia
Francesco Cataldo
Read Rhythm Abstraction: Ruby
Rhythm Abstraction: Ruby
Frank Macchia / Brock Avery
Read Hypnosis
Hypnosis
Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri

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.