When you take the time to really listen to "The Inner Spectrum of Variables", the different themes and variations begin to make sense and one can hear an overarching theme. Tyshawn Sorey has created music that defies categorization yet is filled with melody, dramatic solos, and long meditative passages. Don't spend time trying to figure out his influences - just pay attention and you will be rewarded as well as moved.
For more information, go to pirecordings.com/artist/Tyshawn_Sorey. To hear samples of the music, go to tyshawn-sorey.bandcamp.com/album/the-inner-spectrum-of-variables?.
Hollenbeck, who composes all the music for Claudia, usually sets a challenge for each recording, sometimes adding an additional musician or more (pianist Gary Versace joined the Quintet for "Royal Toast", vocalists Theo Bleckmann and Kurt Elling plus pianist Matt Mitchell on "What Is The Beautiful" and bassist Chris Tordini for the 7th CD, "September"). "Super-Petite" is the CQs eighth album (seventh for Cuneiform); Hollenbeck states in the liner notes, "Contrary to the current popular trend of making works of literature or recordings longer and larger, I have focused most recently on writing shorter compositions." Lest you think that he's created a jazz version of a Ramones album (14 songs in under 30 minutes), CQs album has 10 tracks that clock in at 47 minutes, the longest being 8:24 and the shortest a concise 1:53. The "short" tune, "Pure Poem", sounds like a cross between a Irish dance and Native American pow-wow music.
The Claudia Quintet keeps one on his toes. One hears traces of prog-rock, slabs of hard-bop, a touch of minimalism, a bit of humor and a dollop of funk. "Super-Petite" will more than satisfy long-time listeners; those new to the ensemble should leave their expectations at the door and listen with fresh ears - the music is worth it!
For more information, go to johnhollenbeck.com/band/the-claudia-quintet/.
Here's a pleasing taste of the album:
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Here's the title track: