Keefe Jackson + Christoph Erb +
Tomeka Reid + Jaimie Branch Quartet
& Chris Pumphrey Solo
"... influences and ideas are rearranged and combined in a way to exude something not only contemporary, but beautifully futuristic." —Clifford Allen, All About Jazz on Keefe Jackson
"Chicago has a knack for producing distinctive voices in jazz, and one of the most promising belongs to cellist Tomeka Reid" —Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune on Tomeka Reid.
Exploring the options of sound. This seems to be the most suitable way to describe what is going on here: Exploring sound and structure, harmony and disharmony. No wonder that this sounds...bulky, eruptive, at times brutal, at times irritating, seldom calm or soothing. Though, at least it’s never unspectacular, half- hearted or ill-considered. This is a merger of four free-spirited sound nerds, complementing one another. It goes without saying that this mighty tempest of sounds may conjure up images of rugged crater landscapes, or of a future crowded with nothing but wretched skeletons, dancing away in a manic frenzy.
With KEEFE JACKSON and CHRISTOPH ERB on bass clarinet and tenor saxophone, TOMEKA REID on cello and JAIMIE BRANCH on trumpet.
The group’s debut album will be released this summer on Veto Records (Switzerland). Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), who appears on the record, is being replaced here by Jaime Branch.
Opening for the quartet will be Baltimore's own master musician and composer Chris Pumphrey.