179

Everywhere Band: Music Is...

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "In Light There Is Song"

Everywhere Band has a bit of an identity crisis on this three-song EP. Multi-reedist/composer/leader Joshua Kwassman takes the band through reworkings of two semi-modern pop hits—John Mayer's "Clarity" and Dave Matthews' "Satellite"— with mixed results, painting an uneven picture of what this band can do. Sometimes this music cooks under the flame of guitarist Michael Valeanu's Allman Brothers Band-like guitar solos, but other moments present a meandering musical ensemble that lacks a strong directional intent. This turns out to be a real shame, because the lone original track nestled in between those performances is a brilliant display of sonic splendor that deserves to be heard by the masses.

"In Light There Is Song" is a compositional marvel that lives in the realm of Maria Schneider's work, albeit on a smaller scale. Clanging chimes in the breeze give way to optimistic piano work from Fabian Ortiz. The layers eventually start to stack up as Kwassman enters, followed by Arielle Feinman's soaring, wordless vocals, which shine in a Kate McGarry-meets-Gretchen Parlato manner. Shimmering cymbals dangle over shiny glockenspiel sounds, adding to the heavenly mix and the entire band, eventually, dovetails with one another, as piano, guitar—now in a Ben Monder-like mode— glockenspiel, clarinet and bass enjoy each others' company. As the music evolves over the course of eleven-and-a-half minutes, Kwassman presents a gorgeous, kaleidoscopic picture of resplendent sounds that mark him as a compositional force on the rise.

Personnel: Joshua Kwassman: woodwinds; Arielle Feinman: vocals, glockenspiel; Michael Valeanu: guitar; Fabian Ortiz: piano; Nick Jozwiak: bass; James Muschler: drums.

Title: Music Is... | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn CD/LP/Track Review Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 18, 2017
Read The Princess CD/LP/Track Review The Princess
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Queen City Blues CD/LP/Track Review Queen City Blues
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Latin Lover CD/LP/Track Review Latin Lover
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Reclamation CD/LP/Track Review Reclamation
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Provenance CD/LP/Track Review Provenance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 17, 2017
Read "In Transit" CD/LP/Track Review In Transit
by Kris Perdew
Published: November 2, 2017
Read "Six Easy Pieces" CD/LP/Track Review Six Easy Pieces
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 5, 2017
Read "On Parade In Parede" CD/LP/Track Review On Parade In Parede
by John Sharpe
Published: August 19, 2017
Read "92 Years Young: Jammin' At The Gibbs House" CD/LP/Track Review 92 Years Young: Jammin' At The Gibbs House
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 3, 2017
Read "Up and Coming" CD/LP/Track Review Up and Coming
by John Kelman
Published: January 6, 2017
Read "Off Beat" CD/LP/Track Review Off Beat
by Mark E. Gallo
Published: August 9, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.

Please support out sponsor