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Empty Cage Quartet: Empty Cage Quartet

Read "Empty Cage Quartet" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The sixth album of West Coast Empty Cage Quartet features this unique, hard -riving outfit in its most abstract mode to date. During the last decade, the quartet focused on exploring new ways of integrating diverse influences into an original, creative blend--from modern forms of jazz improvisation to contemporary experimental practices.

This self-titled, ...

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Empty Cage Quartet: Gravity

Read "Gravity" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sono ormai diversi anni che “The Wire," una delle migliori ed intelligenti riviste specializzate al mondo, cita l'Empty Cage Quartet (che alcuni ricorderanno sotto il nome di MTKJ Quartet, dalle iniziali dei cognomi dei suoi membri - clicca qui per leggere la recensione di Making Room for Spaces) quale una delle formazioni più illuminate ed illuminanti del new jazz. La ...

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Empty Cage Quartet: Gravity

Read "Gravity" reviewed by Troy Collins

Widely admired for its intricate mathematical construction, the Mayan calendar is far more than just a lightning rod for misguided prophets predicting the end of the world; it is also the source of inspiration for Gravity, the fourth studio recording from the young West Coast-based Empty Cage Quartet.

The album consists of two extended compositions, which ...

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Empty Cage Quartet: Stratostrophic

Read "Stratostrophic" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Stratostrophic, the sixth release by the Empty Cage Quartet (ECQ), finds the avant West Coasters full of ideas and limited by nothing. Their omnivorous approach gladly frustrates label taggers while rewarding informed listeners with advanced compositional and improvisational delights. Their continuing association pays off in an acquired looseness that revels in taking chances without losing the ...

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Empty Cage Quartet: Stratostrophic

Read "Stratostrophic" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

I riferimenti più immediati vanno a Ornette Coleman. Sin troppo ovvio: basta leggere la formazione che rimanda all’epocale e classico quartetto sax alto-tromba-contrabbasso-batteria. Ma questo notevole combo di giovanissimi musicisti provenienti da diversi luoghi degli States, e che gravitano (o hanno gravitato a lungo) attorno all’area californiana, non si limita alla celebrazione o alla riproposizione di cliché. Così se all’ascolto ...

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Empty Cage Quartet: Stratostrophic

Read "Stratostrophic" reviewed by Troy Collins

Stratostrophic is the Empty Cage Quartet's third official studio album. Formerly known as the MTKJ Quartet, the adventurous young West Coast-based ensemble features Tim Mears (alto saxophone, clarinet), Kris Tiner (trumpet, flugelhorn), Ivan Johnson (bass) and Paul Kikuchi (drums, percussion). A cohesive mix of exuberant free jazz, angular post-bop, stark chamber aesthetics and propulsive post- Braxtonian ...

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Empty Cage Quartet: Hello The Damage!

Read "Hello The Damage!" reviewed by Jack Gold-Molina

Formerly known as the MTKJ Quartet, the Empty Cage Quartet consists of Jason Mears (alto saxophone, clarinet, wood flutes), Kris Tiner (trumpet, flugelhorn), Paul Kikuchi (drums, percussion) and Ivan Johnson (bass). The title of this recording comes from an English translation of a negative French review of one of the MTKJ Quartet's previous releases. Negative French ...