Thursday, January 27th, 2011
KUNG-FU MASTERS with ARI HOENIG @ THE 55 BAR
55 Christopher St btw/6th and 7th Ave
West Village New York 55bar.com
Sean NowellTenor Sax/Fx/Compositions
Evan MarienElectric Bass
Mixed Meter Jazz/Funk ExplosionWHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT THE KUNG FU MASTERS
If the Kung Fu Masters were their own country, music making would be a highly democratic process, with each of the outstanding musicians standing out equally. Digitally echoed sax introductions resounded timelessly in a canyon of psychedelic chords, each likely containing more than a half dozen pitches. In terms of genre, the Masters demonstrated an eclectic update on the more cerebral music that emerged from the 1970's, such as progressive rock and Sweetnighter-era Weather Report. While the nearly anarchic harmony suggested free jazz, the boundaries between sections and Indian/math-rock-like timings showed clean synchronization. More than mere entertainment, the band proved themselves to be masters of the fusion universe, saturating each air molecule with sonic sophistication."John Engelman, Knocks from the Underground
Sean Nowell is a monster tenor saxophonist from Alabama who is slowly taking hold of the New York City scene. I can't overstate how important to take hold of a crowd right out of the gate and Nowell did just that. He had me! With extremely refreshing compositions and chops that would make Tony Atlas proudI would advise the New York City jazzbo to keep an eye out on Mr. Nowell." Christopher Lams, JAZZ INSIDE NEW YORK
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