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Quaternity - CD

 

Jazz Weekly by  • January 2, 2015

 

Tenor saxist Krachy must take his Prez pills every morning, because he’s got a breathy and lithe tone that evokes smoky images of Lester Young, and it’s addicting. He swoons on concert pieces such as All The Things You Are and sighs on She’s Funny That Way. Meanwhile, Jaxen is solid and yet artsy on the piano, sometimes throwing curve balls and change ups as on the playful When You’re Smilin and showing her influence from Lennie Tristano on that piece, but also on the more obvious Lennie’s Pennies,  which has the sax and piano slither like Little Egypt. There’s a take of All of Me that has vocals, but it doesn’t matter as Krachy’s tenor is all you need to get by. Artsy and atmospheric jazz at its best. I want more! 


 

Andy Hamilton (Jan. 2016) - Author of Conversations with Lee (Konitz)

Lennie Tristano founded a distinctive school of modern jazz that continues to attrack adherents today.  We can call it a school because Tristano was a genius, and a great teacher - really the first and probably still the greatest in jazz. These players have studied his work till his approach becomes second nature, but they use it for their own expressive ends.  The standard material here on Quaternity  is imbued with the aspiration for spontaneous improvisation, and the band is - to use a favourite word of Lee Konitz - totally simpatico.  This album shows the continuing relevance of the Tristano School to contemporary jazz.