by John Barron
The Antfarm Quartet is an ultra-hip ensemble of seasoned east coast jazz musicians with like-minded ideals. On Dialogues, pt. 2, vocalist Paul Jost, pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Tim Lekan and drummer Bob Shomo demonstrate a collaborative penchant for soulful experimentation on a solid set of originals and standards.
In an era of male jazz vocalists jousting for position as Rat Pack wannabees and angst-ridden, twenty-something posers, Jost is a sigh of relief. He possesses an abundance ...read more
by Victor L. Schermer
While this CD contains some fine straight-ahead jazz by a group of excellent musicians, the name of the group, The Antfarm Quartet, combined with cover photos of the group hanging out on a cloudy day at the beach and seen through the window of a diner, evokes a connotation of funk and grunge. Just as ants do their work tirelessly without a leader, this dedicated group has no designated leader. However, more like a bee hive than an ant farm, ...read more