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RIDD Quartet: Fiction Avalanche

Read "Fiction Avalanche" reviewed by John Sharpe

What makes a great free jazz record? Spirited interplay, unpredictability, extended technique, energy, variety, spontaneous arrangements that defy notation and a sense of structure and purpose are some of the ingredients evoked by the debut disc from the RIDD Quartet. Monikered after their initials, the collective of upcoming New York-based musicians is jointly credited for all ten pieces dating from a session back in June 2005. Recent Monk prize winner, saxophonist Jon Irabagon demonstrates his avant credentials ...

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RIDD Quartet: Fiction Avalanche

Read "Fiction Avalanche" reviewed by Troy Collins

Fiction Avalanche is the debut recording of a formidable young collective, the RIDD Quartet. Pianist Kris Davis, saxophonist Jon Irabagon, bassist Reuben Radding and drummer Jeff Davis are bandleaders at the forefront of a new Brooklyn scene, one which subtly incorporates the vagaries of myriad genres and styles into new avenues for exploration.

Consisting of ten collectively composed tunes, these stylistically cohesive works veer between dulcet sentimentality and unfettered aggression, modulating from one emotional extreme to the other--often ...


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