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Platz, Jeff Quartet featuring Daniel Carter: Panoramic (Skycap Records)

Guitarist Jeff Platz' Quartet with bassist Kit Demos, drummer John McLellan and featuring wind player Daniel Carter, in 10 free-form cool compositions of great group interplay.

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product information:

UPC: 673790025456

Label: Skycap Records
Catalog ID: 63
Squidco Product Code: 12992

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Germany
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded, mixed and mastered in April 2009 by Ron Harrity at Peapod Recording.


Jeff Platz-guitar

Kit Demos-bass

John McLellan-drums

Daniel Carter-saxophones, clarinet, flute, trumpet

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track listing:

1. Panoramic 5:19

2. Trinket 7:58

3. Dance Of The Minotaurs 5:36

4. A Little Belly 5:53

5. Praise Be 9:20

6. Continuo 6:17

7. Humming Or Whisteling 6:05

8. Pasteable 2:43

9. Hippity Bippity 7:22

10. Ensemble 6:25

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Quartet Recordings

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"On a previous review, I shared my appreciation's for Boston guitarist Jeff Platz's use of gentle openness, his free approach to familiarity. Now he continues in the same vein, still with Kit Demos on acoustic bass and John Mclellan on drums, but now with Daniel Carter on reeds and trumpet. The music is more abstract, more free-form, but that adds to its quality of his compositions, which hesitate between the intense ("Trinket") and the ethereal ("Dance Of The Minotaurs"), with an often boppish rhythmic basis, but going well beyond conventions to increase the expressivity of his band. And that must be said, the quartet is a wonderful example of cohesive playing, with all musicians focused on the total sound, rather than on their individual solo moments, together building an overall sketchy impression, with jagged lines, raw interfaces, powerful strokes, lots of blank space, yet full of lyricism, fragility and intimacy. To their credit, they maintain this rather unusual and paradoxical approach despite the broad, yes panoramic, span of the compositions. Recommended."-FreeJazz Stef

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Artist Biographies:

"John McLellan (1968 - October 29, 2014). An extraordinary musician; a truly original drummer and improviser in a language of rhythmic orchestration and dynamics, counterpoint in ideas, space, touch, spirit... The recent passing of this dear friend and close associate of ours had a most profound affect on us all. The cause of his death was Mesothelioma. I saw him for the last time on October 26th at Tuft's Hospital in Boston. I was first introduced to Johnny through violist Mat Maneri back in 2004. They already had a rapport going back many years, and a closely related family style of improvisation which can only really be thoroughly understood through aural transmission, listening and first-hand experience, rehearsals... Around the same time I also formed a quartet with Johnny, saxophonist Jonathan Moritz and Eivind Opsvik we called THE UP. It all made a very deep impact on my development as an improviser, and will continue to. For the sake of this work and dedication, I felt it necessary to organize the documentation I have of this history, starting from the beginning."

-Ben Gerstein (

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