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Josh Irving Quintet: A Common Thread

Read "A Common Thread" reviewed by Laurel Gross

Josh Irving impressively soldiered on during a live celebration in July, 2007, of the release of A Common Thread at New York City's Smalls--an event at which only two of the six musicians featured on the recording were present. That he could successfully make the best of what would not seem optimal circumstances goes to his credit. This ability could help him as he approaches the rest of his career in a jazz scene whose arteries are ...

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Josh Irving Quartet: Outside to Play

Read "Outside to Play" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Stylistically amorphous, the Josh Irving Quartet's freshman effort, Outside to Play, suffers from an inability to establish a consistent voice, which ultimately distracts from the musicians' talents. Vacillating between bop, hard bop, and more contemporary directions, the four musicians clearly possess a comprehensive--albeit studied--background in jazz forms, and the group's original tunes reveal a promising talent for composition that is unfortunately too often overshadowed by relatively shapeless solos and a lack of overall cohesion. ...


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