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Dead Cat Bounce: Chance Episodes

Read "Chance Episodes" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Basso, batteria e quattro fiati. Si presentano così i Dead Cat Bounce ensemble fondato nel 1997 da Matt Steckler e giunto con Chance Episodes (lavoro originariamente commissionato dalla Chamber Music America) alla quarta pubblicazione. Potenza e ricchezza espressiva da big band, duttilità da piccolo combo, flessibilità nell'attraversare con leggerezza gli stili e i generi più disparati è la ...

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Dead Cat Bounce: Chance Episodes

Read "Chance Episodes" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It does not behoove to fall for the apparent flippancy of Dead Cat's Bounce. The name of the ensemble is merely an ironic take on the state of the union; and on a larger canvas it casts aspersions on the relevance of capitalism without the folk tradition. Even its use of klezmer music and a mash ...

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Dead Cat Bounce: Chance Episodes

Read "Chance Episodes" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Saxophonist Matt Steckler is a man of many parts. As a musician he has led his own bands including the imaginatively titled Dead Cat Bounce and has played with some of the finest including saxophonists Anthony Braxton and Lee Konitz, and percussionist Bobby Sanabria. His varied associations and wide comfort zone are manifested in the array ...

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Dead Cat Bounce: Chance Episodes

Read "Chance Episodes" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Combining a supremely agile multi-reed quartet with a lithe rhythm section, Dead Cat Bounce is anything but moribund on its Cuneiform debut, Chance Episodes. The title is a bit of a misnomer as well, as the highly developed compositions--all written and arranged by saxophonist/woodwind multi-instrumentalist Matt Steckler--leave little to chance. Originally commissioned by Chamber Music America ...

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Dead Cat Bounce - Chance Episodes (Cuneiform, 2011)

Dead Cat Bounce - Chance Episodes (Cuneiform, 2011)

Dead Cat Bounce is a stock market term, unusual for a jazz band, but no threat to our four legged felines. But nonetheless, their music is a wonderfully upbeat mixture of hard-bop and modern jazz with a four horn front line. Their music is exciting, full of exhilaration and humor which recalls if nothing else, the ...

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Dead Cat Bounce's "Chance Episodes:" Four Horns, Rhythm, and Matt Steckler's Artistic Vision

Dead Cat Bounce's "Chance Episodes:" Four Horns, Rhythm, and Matt Steckler's Artistic Vision

Matt Steckler, driving force behind the ensemble Dead Cat Bounce, joins three other reed soloists and an actively charged rhythm section in a program of Steckler compositions. Chance Episodes (Cuneiform Rune 323) is the concretion of the session, so to speak, and is some kind of concretion at that! It's the dynamic of a tightly interactive sax ...

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Dead Cat Bounce: Chance Episodes

Read "Chance Episodes" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

Saxophonist/composer Matt Steckler mentions “remembering things anew," when describing the music he wrote for Chance Episodes. Dead Cat Bounce certainly “remembers" several influences on its fourth album, yet its members recollect via their own unique voices.

The Boston-based sextet munches on several speeds of hardboiled swing for “Food Blogger," with calypso beats sandwiched ...

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Dead Cat Bounce: Home Speaks To The Wandering

Read "Home Speaks To The Wandering" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Their music defies easy description, but there's no trouble understanding why they keep winning awards and polls as Boston's best jazz band.



Dead Cat Bounce blends everything from traditional big band to uber free jazz into a thick and inexplicably coherent canvas on their third album, Home Speaks To The Wandering. A record store ...

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Dead Cat Bounce: Home Speaks to the Wandering

Read "Home Speaks to the Wandering" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Dead Cat Bounce is about attitude. The saxophone quartet with rhythm section is definitely not your typical garden variety combo. With highly orchestrated material injected with taut musicianship and a sense of wittiness, the group has been lauded in the press and in their hometown of Boston. Their new recording Home Speaks to the Wandering continues ...

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Dead Cat Bounce: Legends of the Nar

Read "Legends of the Nar" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Their name might be a bit strange, but the Boston group Dead Cat Bounce is one of today’s more interesting and progressive saxophone quartets. Their new recording Legends Of The Nar is a workout for strong horn arrangements with a creative flair. With the profile notable groups such as the World Saxophone Quartet and the American ...