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This New York City-based outfit celebrates 2001 with its followup to the irrefutably engaging 13 Pieces. The Other Quartet alludes to a very special aggregation as its moniker might imply that the group represents a bit more than your commonplace mainstream jazz foursome. A bass-less unit, the quartet originally formed by trumpeter Russ Johnson and saxophonist Ohad Talmor extends its charter with a series of shrewdly conceived bop motifs, fiery solos, knotty time signatures and much more! With "Refraction," the band sustains a turbulent ebb and flow amid a mushrooming effect where guitarist Pete McCann turns up the heat via heavily amplified rock-fusion type runs and scorching crunch chords. However, on "Walking Leo," the group tones it down a bit largely due to Talmor's saccharine clarinet work in concert with a memorably melodic hook.
"Chamber Piece No.3" is a rambunctious free jazz romp, whereas the musicians also incorporate 70's style funk grooves into their already extensive repertoire. Conversely, these gents kick up a storm throughout, as they take the listener on a musical (and perhaps emotional) roller coaster ride along with all of the recognizable twist, turns and unanticipated deviations from the norm - - Ardently recommended
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.