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East West Quintet, Anthem (self-released)
Cd Reviews: September 10, 2015

09/10/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



East West Quintet, Anthem (self-released)

This Brooklyn outfit is a mollycoddled NPR darling, having appeared on basically any show on which the network could possibly spotlight them. It’s not obvious why that’s the case, but then again they did start off as a hard-bop thing in the tradition of Cannonball Adderley’s five-piece, and toward that, the bright but muted production still remains. But as the years have passed, so has their desire to get lumped in with any genre that sounds like it’s got cobwebs, not just rootsy bop but jazz-rock or jazz-hop or anything of that sort. They want to be known as a slamming band, period, and it’s true that they’re not afraid of cranking it up (“Action Figure” is a loud-quiet-loud anomaly that fluctuates between 1960s-cigarette-smoker-club jazz and Deep Purple in full-on rockout mode), but that stuff comes second to Dylan Heaney’s noodlings on the sax, whose results vary widely in quality (nice chill on “Draft,” not so much on the dubstep-tech-accompanied “Experiment No. 3,” which came off to me as a tad flat in spots, unless I missed some chromatic segue). The takeaway here is that more and more, traditional jazz is entering the melting pot, the only curious thing about that being the fact it’s taken so long. B





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