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Mixing the Prepared with the Impromptu

Nearly all jazz balances improvisation against composition, but a band like Floriculture makes you realize how many degrees there are of striking that balance. That’s because it takes each side to extremes, and pulls together some far-apart traditions. In the band’s music, the composition — by the group’s leader, Carl Maguire — is serene and complicated, ...



Label: Between the Lines
Released: 2006
Track listing: Egocentric; Denizen Green - For Mark Dresser; Jilly; Chamber Social; Subsurface; Ermes Marana - After Italo Calvino; The Nord Lord - For Gabriel.


Article: Album Review

Carl Maguire: Floriculture

Read "Floriculture" reviewed by Donald Elfman

Here's a downtown jazz quartet that knows the patterns and traditions of the mainstream but has used it to create something quite different. Maguire's compositions are complicated and dense, but not inaccessible. Reflecting grooves, minimalism and a strong sense of melody, this music demands repeated listenings, if only due to the fact that the listener can't ...


Article: Album Review

Carl Maguire: Floriculture

Read "Floriculture" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Floriculture is clearly a jazz record and does not seem to inhabit Between the Lines' usual niche at the point of collision between modern classical composition and jazz improvisation, perhaps because of the standard jazz band instrumentation. The first delicate notes of Carl Maguire's piano in “Egocentric" repeat odd phrases that move in ...


Article: Album Review

Carl Maguire: Floriculture

Read "Floriculture" reviewed by Nic Jones

The fact that this quartet is apparently a working band is abundantly obvious. The program of music they perform comes entirely from the pen of Maguire, and such is the organic nature of the band that the impression is of music written with these particular musicians in mind, as opposed to a bassist, an alto saxophonist, ...


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