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Nathaniel Smith: Quartet

Read "Quartet" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Quartet, the debut album from drummer Nathaniel Smith, has been a long time coming. Recorded in March 2007, almost four years before its release, the album features tunes which Smith began performing following his graduation from the Manhattan School of Music in 2003. In a music scene that often seems to view immediate access as a virtue above talent, seven years may resemble an eternity: but the music on Quartet is of a quality that makes it worth the wait. ...

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Nathaniel Smith Quartet: Nathaniel Smith Quartet

Read "Nathaniel Smith Quartet" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Drummer Nathaniel Smith's music can be characterized as modern jazz that often finds serenity in searching, angular confines. Smith's quartet, which features rising star saxophone maverick Jon Irabagon, finds its way and brings these intriguing compositions to life without resorting to unnecessary fireworks. Smith wrote five of the seven pieces here, and each one possesses admirable traits. “Daybreak And Then Dusk" starts things off, with Irabagon's swooning saxophone sliding over the group, but the followup, “Tortoise Pendant," ...


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