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KLANG: Tea Music (Allos Musica)

The debut recording by Chicago-based clarinetist/composer James Falzone's quartet, KLANG with vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, drawing on influences including Jimmy Giuffre's early small groups.

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product information:

UPC: 700261263700

Label: Allos Musica
Catalog ID: AD 003
Squidco Product Code: 16711

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold Foldover
Recorded on August 20th, 2007 at Strobe Studios in Chicago, IL by Todd Carter.


James Falzone-clarinet

Jason Adasiewicz-vibraphone

Jason Roebke-bass

Tim Daisy-drums, percussion

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track listing:

1. G.F.O.P. 3:18

2. Fickle 5:16

3. Lament on Ash Wednesday 4:36

4. Oolong with Multiplicity 5:42

5. No Milk 2:12

6. Giants 4:16

7. #32 Busonius 4:02

8. Klang 4:19

9. Dwarfs 5:35

10. Last Love Song 3:02

11. China Black 5:20

12. Klang...reprise 1:39
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"Tea Music is the debut studio recording by Chicago-based clarinetist/composer James Falzone's three year-old working quartet, KLANG. Falzone, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy all compose for the group, which picks up the swing era thread of pairing clarinet and vibes, while also exploring its collective interest in the innovative sounds of Jimmy Giuffre's early small groups of the mid-1950's.

"Klang is the German word for sound or sonority," Falzone explains, "and I often think of the sound of something, whether that be a group, a composition or a musician, before anything else. The mixing of vibes and clarinet is a sound explored famously by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton in the pre-bop era, and then taken up again by Eric Dolphy and Bobby Hutcherson. There is something in the acoustic make-up of the two instruments that allows them to blend well."

"As for the Giuffre connection," he adds, "I've always been taken with his early groups, before the trios with Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer, and well before the trios with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow, though I love those trios, too. And, his unique approach to his instrument has fascinated, confused and delighted me beyond explanation since I heard The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet at 12 years old. The guys in KLANG are all as into him as I am - everyone here in Chicago is, actually."-Allos Musica

Artist Biographies:

"Jason Adasiewicz was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1977, but raised in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He studied jazz drums at DePaul University for three years. He only eased into the vibraphone after leaving school, playing it in the indie-rock scene around Chicago with bands like Pinetop Seven and the singer-songwriter Edith Frost.

In the early 2000s he began his collaboration with cornetist Josh Berman and drummer Mike Reed. Since then he was worked in the Chicago jazz and improvisation scene with multiple bands, including Rob Mazurek's Starlicker and Exploding Star Orchestra, Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, Josh Berman and His Gang, Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystal, James Falzone's Klang and Ken Vandermark's Topology and Audio One.

Adasiewicz formed his Chicago-based jazz quintet, Rolldown, in 2004, while living in Madison. In 2008 he founded the trio Sun Rooms, with Nate McBride and Mike Reed."

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"Tim Daisy (percussion) has been an active member of Chicago' s creative music scene since moving there in 1997. He has performed, composed, recorded, and toured with many of the city's celebrated musicians and ensembles, including the Engines, KLANG, the Rempis Percussion Quartet, the Resonance Ensemble, and the Vandermark 5. In addition, Tim maintains an active composing schedule, writing for his own bands (such as Vox Arcana and Group 4-34) as well as contributing music to a number of collaborative projects- including chamber groups, jazz ensembles, dance, and film. He has had the fortunate experience to perform and record with many great improvisers both from around the world, including: Fred Anderson, Jim Baker, Jeb Bishop, Magnus Broo, Xavier Charles, James Falzone, Erik Friedlander, Per-Ake Homlander, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nate McBride, Joe McPhee, Dave Rempis, Steve Swell, Mikolaj Trzaska, Havard Wiik, Waclaw Zimpel, and Michael Zerang. Besides a regular concert schedule in Chicago, Tim has toured throughout North America and Europe, and has performed at numerous international music festivals."

-Ken Vandermark Website (

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