All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

5

Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time

Kevin Press By

Sign in to view read count
Albums that clock in at anything near 90 minutes are not automatically major works. On the other hand, this new effort from Quin Kirchner and Co. is hard to describe in any other terms. Kirchner's six-piece band has delivered a wide-ranging, powerful disc.

Things get rolling with the appropriately titled "Ritual." From the start, tenor saxophonist Nate LePine will have you reminiscing about John Coltrane's glory days and his multitude of followers. It is a huge, phat track loaded with soul. Kirchner has penned a monster.

It's hard to believe that this opens his first album as a band leader. Kirchner earned his chops in Chicago as a sideman with a long list that includes Jeb Bishop, Greg Ward, Paul Giallorenzo, Bill MacKay, Ryley Walker, Rob Clearfield, Dave Miller, Nick Mazzarella, Nate LePine, Dave McDonnell and Keefe Jackson. He's also been a member of blink., Health&Beauty, Nomo, In Tall Buildings and Wild Belle. I asked Kirchner how all these partners have contributed to what he does.

"When I was young and starting out in New Orleans, I was just trying to make some semblance of a living as a musician," he says. "You want to do creative things and develop your artistic voice. But you also need to get gigs that pay, which means being flexible and versatile. I've always set out to be well-versed in all styles and it has really influenced my voice and informed how I play."

Certainly the album covers a lot of ground. "Together We Can Explore the Furthest Beyond" is a complex, thoughtful ballad. "Armageddon" is pure avant-garde. "Drums & Tines Pt 1" is hardly a jazz piece at all, lacking as it does a single brass instrument. Man, does it groove though. Part 2 is equally solid.

"The 'Drums & Tines' cuts come out of my time playing music with Elliot Bergman in NOMO, Wild Belle and Metal Tongues," says Kirchner. "The electric kalimba I play on those tracks is one from our kalimba building sessions in 2009 ... Those tracks are sort of an homage to that part of my style which developed a lot on the road with those bands."

Kirchner says Jeb Bishop, with whom he worked as part of a double quartet, is an important influence. "It opened my eyes to what you can do with long-form compositions."

That format shines brightest on The Other Side of Time. Not since Kamasi Washington's Epic has a new bandleader come out of the gate in this kind of form.

Strong enough to take a stab at Sun Ra's "Brainville." It is not the album's best. It's a respectful, well-performed tribute. But the band's personality takes a back seat to their hero, and it shows. The swing is nice, but it's not really them.

"Anyone playing adventurous improvisational music owes a lot to Sun Ra," says Kirchner. "His influence and worldview (or universe-view) continue to open up new possibilities in the music."

The band's take on two Charles Mingus pieces—"The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers" and "Self Portrait In Three Colors"—is more in keeping with what makes the full album work so well. The performances are superb.

There is material on this album that dates back a decade. Other pieces are brand new. It is of course the luxury of a debut album that you have your whole life to prepare it. But given the depth of this work, a sophomore jinx seems unlikely.

Track Listing: Ritual; Brainville; Crossings; Drums & Tines Pt 1; Wondrous Eyes; Limbo / The Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers; Resounder; Together We Can Explore the Furthest Beyond; Mumbo Jumbo; Flutter; Karina; Drums & Tines Pt. 2; Armageddon; Ripple; Self-Portrait In Three Colors.

Personnel: Quin Kirchner: drums, percussion, kalimba, sampler, Wurlitzer; Nick Broste: trombone; Nate Lepine: tenor saxophone, flute; Jason Stein: bass clarinet; Matt Ulery: bass; Ben Boye: piano on "Together We Can Explore the Furthest Beyond."

Title: The Other Side of Time | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Astral Spirits

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Lebroba CD/LP/Track Review
Lebroba
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 22, 2018
Read The Lullaby Project CD/LP/Track Review
The Lullaby Project
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 22, 2018
Read Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden CD/LP/Track Review
Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 22, 2018
Read Intimate Adversary CD/LP/Track Review
Intimate Adversary
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 22, 2018
Read Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection CD/LP/Track Review
Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 22, 2018
Read Pendulum CD/LP/Track Review
Pendulum
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 21, 2018
Read "Seraphic Light [Live At Tufts University]" CD/LP/Track Review Seraphic Light [Live At Tufts University]
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 5, 2018
Read "Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975" CD/LP/Track Review Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: August 6, 2018
Read "Ravensburg" CD/LP/Track Review Ravensburg
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: March 17, 2018
Read "Fela Is The Future" CD/LP/Track Review Fela Is The Future
by Chris May
Published: March 11, 2018
Read "Ay  Que Boogaloo!" CD/LP/Track Review Ay Que Boogaloo!
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: November 12, 2018
Read "Raising Our Voice" CD/LP/Track Review Raising Our Voice
by Chris Mosey
Published: September 15, 2018