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|Gary Quartet Thomas|
Genres: Jazz, Pop
No Description Available. Genre: Jazz Music Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 9-FEB-1999
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Genre: Jazz Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 9-FEB-1999
TUCO H. | Los Angeles, CA | 06/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This record has the intensity that is non-existent in 99% of all jazz played today. Thomas and Osby are both directly from the 'neo-cool' school of improvisation that Steve Coleman also belongs to, but what really turbocharges the proceedings is the rhythm section of Arnold and Formanek. They have a rock dynamic while maintaining jazz nuance. Their support lends a true fusion aesthetic (in the broader sense) to the floating, jagged improvisations of Thomas and Osby. The tune 'Pariah's Pariah' is one of coolest I've ever heard. Osby and Thomas trade off sax and flute lines while maintaining an intensity and atmosphere that stays masterfully understated to the very end. The rest of the record could've used the same tonal variety for extra effect and some more melody rather than straight modal improv., but as far as coolness goes very few tunes can come close to 'Who's in Control?' or 'Is Everthing Relative?.' I'd say, overall, this record is quite a few notches short of hard-edged, cool jazz classics like Dave Holland's 'Extensions' or John McLaughlin's 'Extrapolation,' but just having the goods to warrant comparison to those two records is high praise indeed."
Awesome yuppie slaying saxophone marathon
TUCO H. | Los Angeles, CA | 08/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tenor sax virtuoso Gary Thomas (recently of John Mclaughlin's band) and his equally adept partner on alto, Greg Osby, blaze on with non-stop solos backed by the killer rhythm section of Formanek and Arnold. I love this record; it is dense as hell with no compromise in sight and at the same time supercool and great fun to listen to (it rocks). The first tune starts off in 15/8 and it doesn't get any simpler folks. Highly recommended."