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East West Quintet

East West Quintet - don't be fooled by the name. This genre-bending ensemble from Brooklyn, New York, is more likely to rock than to swing, utilizes both acoustic and electronic instruments, and is commonly found performing with not five but six band members. Formed in 2003 as a hard-bop ensemble in the mold of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, the group quickly changed course, incorporating musical elements from their early punk, rock, and hip-hop experiences. Through years of experimentation and growth, the band has come into its own, divorcing itself from being jazz-rock, rock-jazz or any other clumsy musical description

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Vast Pt. 2

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Label: Native Language
Released: 2009
Duration: 5:12

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Vast

Label: Native Language
Released: 2009
Track listing: The Triumph; Catalyst; Vast - Pt. 1; Vast - Pt. 2; Over the Falls; Comet; Daffodil 11; View from Above; Gangster Rap; Brooklyn.

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East West Quintet: Vast

Read "Vast" reviewed by Lyn Horton


Apparent in the Brooklyn-based East West Quintet's Vast is the way the music teeters between colors, tunes, dynamics, rhythms and abstractions. Varying degrees of crescendos and decrescendos transform the mixtures of melodic temperament from peaceful to anthem-like, from quickly paced to mellifluously slow. That the band members play a multiplicity of different instruments is crucial; they ...

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East West Quintet: Vast

Read "Vast" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Enthusiastic youth coupled with solid musicianship and strong compositions offer the winning edge by this Brooklyn, New York-based ensemble that started in 2003 as a bop unit inspired by Cannonball Adderley. Time marches on and now this quintet delves into that opaque line that teeters between jazz-rock and jazz-fusion. Recorded to two-inch tape, the band projects ...

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Brooklyn's East West Quintet Releases New CD, Vast

Brooklyn's East West Quintet Releases New CD, Vast

East West Quintet - don't be fooled by the name. This genre-bending ensemble from Brooklyn, NY is more likely to rock than to swing, utilizes both acoustic and electronic instruments, and is commonly found performing with not five but six band members. Formed in 2003 as a hard-bop ensemble in the mold of the Cannonball Adderley ...

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The Brooklyn E.P.

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2007
Track listing: Over the Falls; The Summit; The Missing Piece; Our Day; Brooklyn.

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East West Quintet: The Brooklyn E.P.

Read "The Brooklyn E.P." reviewed by John Barron


The combination of musical integrity and youthful vigor can be a potent force of positive energy in an often down-trodden, stagnant jazz industry. The East West Quintet plays with the kind of resonating exuberance that is refreshing and hopeful. On The Brooklyn E.P., saxophonist Dylan Heaney, guitarist Simon Kafka, pianist Mike Cassedy, bassist Benjamin Campbell and ...

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Unusual Customs

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2005
Track listing: Piston Honda; Be Who You Is; Come Sunday; Unusual Customs; Southern Belle; Work Song; Joys And Sorrows; Romp Roast; Breakfast Dance.

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East West Quintet: Unusual Customs

Read "Unusual Customs" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The East West Quintet plays hard bop for the 21st Century, combining solid swing with smart writing, assured improvising, and a tight band sound. Unusual Customs is the group's debut CD, and it's a good one. The East West Quintet's strongest suit is its rhythm section. Bassist Ben Campbell and drummer Matt Slocum lay ...


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