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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Harder On The Outside

Read "Harder On The Outside" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

A complex web of sampling, beat construction and live improvisation all led to this disc by guitarist Jon Lundbom and his group, Big Five Chord, a CD that is a heady stew of hard-edged funk grooves, squalling saxophones and gleeful guitar freakouts. This project started with saxophonist Bryan Murray sampling old Big Five Chord recordings and constructing new beats out of them. He then passed his work back to Lundbom who built new compositions out of it and ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Harder On The Outside

Read "Harder On The Outside" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sometimes a single track can satisfy an album's worth of listening. You get that feeling with “People be Talking," the first song on Jon Lundbom's ninth release with his band Big Five Chord. His quintet packs everything into this kitchen sink composition. The piece is jazz-and-not-jazz, like Miles Davis affected in his transitional years between his second great quintet to jazz/rock fusion. But then again, it's not that at all. The propulsive 6/4 groove leaks an Afro-Cuban feel, and saxophonist ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Accomplish Jazz

Read "Accomplish Jazz" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The lineage of guitarists with a lyrical bent is staggering. From Charlie Christian to Kurt Rosenwinkel, guitarists have often been praised not only for their technical skills, but also for their ability to sculpt finely woven lines of melody. Beauty, however, is a strange thing and there is also another school of guitarists to which belongs the likes of Frank Zappa, Derek Bailey and Nels Cline, to whom beauty isn't necessarily connected to harmony and melody, but rather to the ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Accomplish Jazz

Read "Accomplish Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the jazz world, there is something in the air. Barely detectable, but definitely something in the air these days. A whiff of change (or maybe the decay of traditions decomposing). It can be heard in the music the young lions (YL) are playing. These YLs are more like the Lee Morgan/Wayne Shorter YLs of the 1960s than the Marsalis generation of the 1980s. They intend to grab jazz by the lapel and shake it with extreme prejudice. ...


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