56

Josh Quinlan Quintet: Mountain Time Standards

Florence Wetzel By

Sign in to view read count
Josh Quinlan Quintet: Mountain Time Standards Although the Gold Rush is long over, the Wild West still holds out the promise of reinvention and inspiration. For saxophonist Josh Quinlan, who came of musical age in Chicago and moved to Colorado in 2006, the Front Range jazz scene has been chock-full of opportunity: he is co-director of the Telluride All-Star Program, director of education for the Colorado nonprofit Gift of Jazz, executive director of the jazz label Dazzle Recordings, and creator of the education series Jazz for the Schools, which provides monthly performances for Denver public schools. In the midst of these many activities, Quinlan maintains a strong presence as one of the scene's outstanding musicians, and it's pleasure to hear his debut, Mountain Time Standards, with ten original tunes inspired by life in Colorado and the unique mountain landscape.

The CD starts out with a bang with the hard-swinging "Sus It Out," a powerful song with beautiful harmonics and a crisp arrangement. This is classic toe-tapping, head-bobbing jazz, full of energy and blazing swing. There's great front line work with Quinlan and trumpeter John Lake, and rock-solid support by Ben Markley on piano, Kells Nollenberger on bass, and Ed Breazeale on drums. Quinlan's solo reveals his strong, supple tone, as well as his ability to improvise scorching lines. The excellent "Left Then Right" is equally hard bopping, containing a whiff of saxophonist John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" and a sparkling piano solo by Markley.

Another highlight is the excellent "Eclipse So," a jaunty tune the combines the lilt of island rhythms with an immaculately polished arrangement. Quinlan's solo is smooth and sinuous, once again revealing him to be a gifted soloist with an abundance of ideas and the strength to carry them out. The group also excels on ballads, including the mellow "Lingering," a charming depiction of life unfolding on laidback Colorado time, as well as the lovely "Jumar's Song," where Quinlan takes a gorgeous solo, deeply expressive and thoughtful.

Mountain Time Standards is another fine release by Dazzle Recordings, which is affiliated with Dazzle Jazz, Denver's premiere jazz club. The label was founded by the talented composer and conductor Tyler Gilmore and is now run by Quinlan. Dazzle Recordings has been releasing a steady stream of recordings by Colorado's finest jazz artists, creating an impressive record of the talent burgeoning on the Front Range scene. Fortunately Quinlan has included himself in the label's output, and his inaugural CD is testament to his significant talent and generous font of inspiration.

Track Listing: Sus It Out; Eclipse So; Night Walk; Lingering; Jumar's Song; Winter Solstice; Left Then Right; Storm Pass; Playa Negra; Anything and Everything.

Personnel: Josh Quinlan: saxophones; John Lake: trumpet; Ben Markley: piano; Kells Nollenberger: bass; Ed Breazeale: drums.

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Dazzle Recordings


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read Rags And Roots CD/LP/Track Review Rags And Roots
by James Nadal
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Tangled CD/LP/Track Review Tangled
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Is It Me...? CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review Live
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 25, 2017
Read 14.11.2016 CD/LP/Track Review 14.11.2016
by Nicola Negri
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read "Starer" CD/LP/Track Review Starer
by Glenn Astarita
Published: July 26, 2016
Read "Freedom is a State of Mind" CD/LP/Track Review Freedom is a State of Mind
by Dave Wayne
Published: June 27, 2016
Read "Fly South" CD/LP/Track Review Fly South
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 10, 2016
Read "Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations" CD/LP/Track Review Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations
by John Sharpe
Published: November 16, 2016
Read "House Of Waters" CD/LP/Track Review House Of Waters
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 14, 2016
Read "Intermission" CD/LP/Track Review Intermission
by Dave Wayne
Published: June 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!