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Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club: Adventures

Read "Adventures" reviewed by Virginia A. Schaefer

Adventures is the high-energy first release of Explorer's Club, led by accomplished saxophonist and composer Charlie Kohlhase. The septet includes a guitarist, bassist, two drummers, two saxophonists, and trombonist. Kohlhase puts together their expertise to produce an impressive range of instrumental combinations, timbres, and textures in the outside-but-accessible style for which he's known.

Kohlhase's compositions (all but three tracks) describe the escapades of alternative superheroes and other unique characters. While Kohlhase's liner notes evoke comic-strip character Caspar Milquetoast, the main ...

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Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club: Adventures

Read "Adventures" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Charlie Kohlhase is an entertaining adventurer. In his role as a composer, he draws on several influences. His eye is on the final dimension and in pursuing that, he uses a wide range of styles. Taken individually the styles seem to be odd bedfellows, but when the course of their journey has been charted, they have comingled seamlessly. His sense of humor gives room to his comic book heroes who find root in his compositions and rise with a devilish ...

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Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club: Adventures

Read "Adventures" reviewed by Troy Collins

A longstanding veteran of the Boston jazz scene, multi-instrumentalist Charlie Kohlhase's skills as a bandleader were honed as a member of the esteemed Either/Orchestra and through collaborations with legendary saxophonist John Tchicai. The Explorer's Club is his newest venture, a powerhouse line-up featuring two drummers. Encompassing a range of dynamics, from AACM styled impressionism and Mingus-inspired collective interplay to riotous New Thing-era free expression, the septet exudes a mercurial sensibility redolent of Kohlhase's former teacher, trombonist Roswell Rudd. ...

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Charlie Kohlhase: The Cranky Yankee

Read "Charlie Kohlhase: The Cranky Yankee" reviewed by Celeste Sunderland

State, New Hampshire. Party affiliation, communist. Obsession, Woody Herman's 1963 Herd. No, it's not Boston-based saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase. It's the Cranky Yankee, a character he's been known to slip into while on the road. “He would go on and on about this 1963 Herd and the brilliance of Jake Hanna at the drums, said Either/Orchestra founder Russ Gershon who Kohlhase played with for 14 years. “He's an absolutely hilarious guy. A knowledge of jazz inspires these road ...

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Charlie Kohlhase Quintet: Play Free Or Die

Read "Play Free Or Die" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Boston's improv scene is fueled by an underground network of musicians (hooked up to an internet mailing list), major academic centers ( Berklee and the New England Conservatory), indie record outlets (including the literally subterranean Twisted Village), and an army of open-minded listeners. If you only went to the two big jazz clubs--Scullers and the Regattabar--you'd might find yourself lulled to sleep by mainstream acts. But have no fear, there are plenty of alternatives.

Saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase eagerly ...


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