Tuesday, October 13, 2015

East West Quintet "Anthem"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 13, 2015
1. Draft (4:35)
2. Next (4:52)
3. Interstellar (6:09)
4. Collider (5:17)
5. Action Figure (5:34)
6. Experiment No. 3 (8:39)
7. Something (5:28)
8. White Lodge (5:50)

Total time 46:24

Dylan Heaney - alto and tenor saxophones
Phil Rodriguez - trumpet
Simon Kafka - electric and acoustic guitars
Mike Cassedy - piano, keyboards
Benjamin Campbell - electric and upright bass
Jordan Perlson - drums

Hailing from Brooklyn, the East West Quintet are an instrumental ensemble that resist any easy pigeon-holing. For instance, this is a quintet with six members, who play a mash up of prog, jazz-rock, hard rock, delicate be-bop and hip-hop that is steadfastly and brilliantly melodic. ...
But don't let the jazz elements that I have mentioned so far put you off listening to this recording. There is so much more going on. The opener, Draft, begins with Phillip Glass like ominous piano chords that anchors the piece before the band comes in to mutate the theme in a very prog way. They throw in distorted electric guitar with light syncopated drumming. It has a brilliantly controlled dynamism.
Interstellar is an introspective ballad with a tune to die for. It builds from an electric piano and bass opening to a magnificent, emotionally charged trumpet solo that takes it out of this world. Interstellar is shaping up to be my favourite track released in 2015. It is exquisite.
Read the full review by Martin Burns at dprp.net


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