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Polipnick, Luke Group (Luke / Linz / Wozniak / Pride): Episodes (Eunoria Records)

Guitarist Luke Polipnick leads this quartet with double bassist Adam Linz, drummer Mike Pride and saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, new jazz with an electric edge from four adept players who start and stop with energetic and melodic aplomb.

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product information:

Label: Eunoria Records
Catalog ID: EU1
Squidco Product Code: 18748

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded November 2 & 3rd, 2012 at Blast House, Madison Wisconsin by Landon Arkens.


Luke Polipnick-guitar

Adam Linz-doublebass

Mike Pride-drums, percussion

Brandon Wozniak-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

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track listing:

1. Jobbing 7:21

2. Kings Of Golden Valley 6:59

3. On Memory 4:10

4. Zeno's Paradox 6:16

5. Sputterer 4:38

6. The Albatross 6:26

7. Calisthenics 2:34

8. Episodes 16:23
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Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
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"Luke Polipnick Group songs are episodic in the style of fits and mood swings, not sitcoms.

Episodes is eight bouts of experimental jazz and the debut record from group, named after its bandleader, the Omaha guitarist/composer Luke Polipnick. Across the tracks, Polipnick's guitar strikes up many partnerships with the saxophone of Brandon Wozniak, the double bass of Adam Linz and the drums of Mike Pride. These partnerships can be fraternal but also oppositional. Either way, they offer very little time or space for orientation and comfort for the listener. That's by design.

At minute 17 of the album review above, we speculate that Episodes would be suitable for a confused walk or frenetic game of tennis. It breathes that kind of spastic motion, controlled by the sweeping beauty of tracks like "Kings of Golden Valley" and "Albatross," but just barely kept short of insanity in songs like the aptly named "Sputterer."

The virtuosic skill of the four jazz musicians on Episodes sees them playing with the idea of theme like a cat bats around a mouse. Several songs, such as the opener "Jobbing," are grounded by refrains, but they come unexpectedly. The album's most defining quality may be that the moment when the listener seeks musical resolution is the moment he or she is least likely to find it."-Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Jacob Zlomke, Hear

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