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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Bring Their 'A' Game

Read "Bring Their 'A' Game" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bring Their 'A'Game is an EP release, download only (for now), from the fertile musical imagination of guitarist Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord. It is the second in a four part set--following Make Magic Happen. Lundbom's plan is to release four of these download EPs in 2016, then collect them into a four disc box set to sell in the physical copy form near year's end. The three tunes on Bring Their 'A' Game cover the same ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Make Magic Happen

Read "Make Magic Happen" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Guitarist Jon Lundbom, with his Big Five Chord quintet, has developed the unusual marketing strategy of individually presenting each of a series of four EPs (at lower price points) over the course of 2016 with an option to purchase all as a box set. At approximately one half-hour each, it's a generous proposition; more so, given the quality of the music as witnessed on the first of these releases, Make Magic Happen. Big Five Chord is a solidly ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Make Magic Happen

Read "Make Magic Happen" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The computer/internet age ushers in new ways of selling music. Record stores, flipping through bins of long playing albums--long gone. Compact discs--not selling like they used to. Digital downloads--the thing of the future? Guitarist Jon Lundbom has come up with the idea--influenced by trumpeter Dave Douglas' foray into this territory, perhaps, with his Three Views (Greenleaf, 2011)--of releasing four digital EPs, “extended play" sets that clock in at about thirty minutes apiece, spreading those releases over the course of nine ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Jeremiah

Read "Jeremiah" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The seventh album by guitarist Jon Lundbom and his septet Big Five Chord leaves little room for fence sitters. His music, like fellow band members Jon Irabagon and Moppa Elliott of Mostly Other People Do The Killing, walks the razor's edge between clamorous and cultured. It's comfort is often the discombobulation. That said, isn't that what jazz (real jazz) has always been about? Jeremiah his latest release, follows a 2-disc live recording Liverevil (Hot Cup, 2013). While six ...

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Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord: Liverevil

Read "Liverevil" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Blessed with one of the most talented and exciting backing bands in jazz today, guitarist Jon Lundbom returns with a mammoth 2-CD live epic. Liverevil captures the band in performance on their hometown stomping grounds, Brooklyn Fire Proof, in front of a rightfully enthusiastic crowd. Easily able to sustain interest over the course of a double album, Lundbom and Big Five Chord mix up their program of open-ended original jazz compositions with a set of traditional Wiccan prayer songs and ...

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Jon Lundbom: Liverevil

Read "Liverevil" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Like Stiff Records from the 1970s and '80s punk era, Hot Cup Records always delivers music that is a sharp shot to the solar plexus. Home to the renegade jazz ensemble Mostly Other People Do The (MOPDTK), the avant-jazz country-music cover band Bryan And The Haggards, and guitarist Jon Lundbom's Big Five Chord, Hot Cup always comes out punching. Liverevil Lundbom's fifth Big Five Chord release follows the vinyl (and download) LP No New Tunes (Hot Cup, 2012) ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers!

Read "Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers!" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Since 2003, guitarist Jon Lundbom and his Big Five Chord unit have been crashing and slashing through the jazz-rock idiom, often lying on the perimeter of the avant-garde spectrum. With a support band comprised of solo artists and first-call session aces, the music is often hard-edged and chockfull of off-kilter innuendoes and ballsy soloing excursions. Lundbom's intense phrasings and mind-altering solo spots can exude a semblance of systematic paranoia or command the ensemble like a diesel-powered automaton, ...

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Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord: Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers!

Read "Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers!" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Hot Cup Records has quickly established a reputation for documenting some of the most adventurous and quirky modern jazz around today. The label's flagship band, Mostly Other People Do The Killing (MOPDTK), is an incredibly energetic collective whose members seem to be popping up on all sorts of recordings these days. Half of MOPDTK, saxophonist Jon Irabagon and bassist Moppa Elliott, are also charter members of guitarist Jon Lundbom's Big Five Chord. Interestingly, the exact same personnel have also established ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Accomplish Jazz

Read "Accomplish Jazz" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There is a refreshing, albeit immediate, sense of naïveté about the music of guitarist Jon Lundbom. As the music progresses, however, it becomes evident that Lundbom wears this almost childlike wonder as a rather thin mask, belying a graceful sophistication that marks an apparent determination to go beyond the mere skin of sound. This is eminently clear on Accomplish Jazz, an album with a quirky title that appears to thumb its nose at those who put labels such as “mainstream," ...

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Jon Lundbom: Big Five Chord

Read "Big Five Chord" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Guitarist Jon Lundbom achieves his goal of breaking a few molds in a promising debut album, if not always as intended. Big Five Chord is a modern free jazz outing whose attempts to sound unconventional often are all-too-conventional--and vice versa. It's decent overall, but it may not propel the New York club veteran onto the national scene.

Lest anyone (i.e. Lundbom) call this review unclear on the concept, his web site promotes this 2004 release as “a jazz ...