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Orbital Quintet: Vol.2

Read "Vol.2" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Seemingly influenced by any music that passes their inquisitive collective ear, Oakland's Orbital Quintet second offering, Vol. 2, opens the quixotic “Devil's Breath" with a blare that morphs to a languid simmer of guitar hijinks courtesy of DV Wright. With music that conjures an explorative jazz band from David Lynch's hallucinatory Twin Peaks, Orbital Quintet--Wright, bassist Benjamin Lee, trumpeter John Harrington, drummer Kyle Mueller and saxophonist David Tidball--pursue time at their own sweet, time-elapsed pace. Sliding effortlessly into ...

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Orbital Quintet: Vol. 1

Read "Vol. 1" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On its debut album, the Northern California-based Orbital Quintet offers eight intriguing tracks that avoid the clichés of standard blowing sessions, embracing instead the more subtle pleasures of mood and texture. With four compositions by guitarist David Wright, one each by bassist Benjamin Lee and trumpeter John Harrington, and a couple of freely improvised pieces, there's a range of stylistic approaches on display here. Lee's “Home Away" and Wright's “Lower Orbit" are the most straightforwardly “jazzy" cuts on ...


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