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John Ettinger

With three well-received recordings under his name featuring Tony Malaby, Todd Sickafoose, Scott Amendola, Devin Hoff, Art Hirahara, and Pete Forbes, John has also performed and recorded with an array of noteworthy artists over the years, including Honeycut (on DJ Shadow's Quannum Records); composer/clarinetist Beth Custer (on her CD Vinculum Symphony and the Hans Wendl-produced soundtrack to the 1929 Russian silent film My Grandmother); and vocalist Percy Howard (Incidental Seductions with Living Colour's Vernon Reid, King Crimson's Trey Gunn and This Heat's Charles Hayward)



Label: Ettinger Music
Released: 2008
Track listing: Dancing With The Other Side; A Place To Be From; Ship breaking #9; Layers; Inquatica; Stardust; The Wake; Just Like Tomorrow; High Coup; Swim; Something Like Hope; Film.


Article: Album Review

John Ettinger / Pete Forbes: Inquatica

Read "Inquatica" reviewed by Chris May

With practically no warning, violinist John Ettinger burst out of the San Francisco Bay area scene and towards national cult status in 2006 with Kissinger In Space (Ettinger Music, 2006). The album--made with tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola--announced Ettinger as a thrilling new voice in creative jazz and made an ...


News: Recording

Violinist John Ettinger to Release "Inquatica," a Lyrical, Violin Loops-Laden Duo with Drummer Pete Forbes

Violinist John Ettinger to Release "Inquatica," a Lyrical, Violin Loops-Laden Duo with Drummer Pete Forbes

Ettinger’s third CD as leader, Inquatica will be released October 14, 2008 on Ettinger Music, available through, and for download on Having solidified his jazz presence with two superb CDs as a leader—2003’s August Rain and 2006’s Kissinger in Space—San Francisco Bay Area violinist John Ettinger continues his adventurous jazz trek with Inquatica, ...


Article: Interview

John Ettinger: Broken Pedals and an Open Mind

Read "John Ettinger: Broken Pedals and an Open Mind" reviewed by Paul Olson

Although violinist John Ettinger's been a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene since he moved to the region from Arizona in 1992, he was by no means a household name even on the West Coast and was virtually unknown elsewhere. That state of relative obscurity made his recorded debut as a bandleader, August ...


Kissinger In Space

Label: Ettinger Music
Released: 2006
Track listing: Dual Diagnosis; Better Angels; Kissinger In Space; Quaint; The Observer; Harper Lee; Talking Leaves; The Doors Are Closing; Tangle.


Article: Album Review

John Ettinger: Kissinger In Space

Read "Kissinger In Space" reviewed by Chris May

Rarely the ringmaster and more often the performing seal, the violin has never been a member of the jazz lineup's inner circle. From Stuff Smith's congenial swing through Ornette Coleman's excruciating scratchings, it has instead orbited colourfully around the margins, at best providing exoticism, at worst attention-seeking novelty. The closest the fiddle ever got to the ...


August Rain

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2003
Track listing: Shunyata; August Rain; Dogleg; Lead A Normal Life; El Cadejo; Obrigado; April Was On A Sunday.


Article: Album Review

John Ettinger: August Rain

Read "August Rain" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Let's be honest. The best thing about what critics do is that we get the chance to listen to new music more or less constantly. So when something random falls out of the mailbox, we might just make a discovery. And have a chance to share it with the world, of course. And so with that ...


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