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Niculin Janett Quartet: Complexes

Read "Complexes" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Despite the connotations of its title, the sound of Complexes doesn't suggest anything excessively technical (or mental issues either, for that matter). The Niculin Janett Quartet's second recording is a largely sedate affair that stays semi-formless and yet always easy to follow--a resolutely modern mix of familiar swing and challenging abstraction. Even while the drift mostly happens at a leisurely tempo, the quartet's laser-like deliberation never wavers throughout. In that way the recording pleasantly evokes the less abrasive ...

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Niculin Janett Quartet (feat. Rich Perry): No Parking Any Time

Read "No Parking Any Time" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Zurich-based alto saxophonist and composer Niculin Janett, in the naming of his quartet's debut album, encapsulated the essence of his music with an otherwise vexatious phrase that regularly victimizes most city dwellers: No Parking Any Time. Although irritating for motorists, an ordinance prohibiting parking in terms of music, especially jazz, would seemingly stimulate perpetual movement and growth. Uniting under this theme of motion, Janett's quartet slices the brake lines and speeds ahead, depositing an inspired set of meandering music along ...

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Niculin Janett Quartet Featuring Rich Perry: No Parking Any Time

Read "No Parking Any Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

I was beginning to wonder if there were any “blowing sessions" recorded today that did not sound so blatantly contrived. From Berlin comes such a recording by Swiss alto saxophonist Niculin Janett and his quartet. No Parking Anytime features New York City tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, whose own recent Organique (Steeplechase, 2016), with Gary Versace (Hammond B-3 organ), Jeff Hirshfield (drums) has been very well received. This is quietly defiant acoustic jazz, sparklingly new, played through a sepia filter, effecting ...


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