Quartet Now! is a new group directly connected to the 60‘s and 70‘s funky-soul and experimental jazz legacy of Detroit’s Tribe and Strata record labels. The spirit and depth of musicality of that era has been moved into the 21st century by this stellar ensemble, whose repertoire celebrates the music of under-sing Detroit composers like Kenn Cox and Charles Moore.
Strata Records alumni and Lyman Woodard Organization drummer Leonard King co- founded Quartet Now! with baritone sax great Alex Harding- newly returned to Detroit after several decades in New York, where he performed with artists like Lester Bowie, David Murray, Julius Hemphill and The Sun Ra Arkestra (Harding won the Downbeat Critics’ Rising Star Poll the week before this release).The unique stylings of veteran trombonist Vincent Chandler (who contributes some original material to the record) and deep bottom new-comer bassist Rocco Popielarski were recruited to round out the group.
Quartet Now!’s sound contains elements of liberation jazz from the era of self- determination; funky modal pieces in classic Detroit style; soulful readings of traditional ballads and more. This heady combination makes Quartet Now one of those rare groups that is appealing to fans of both traditional and adventurous jazz- as well as listeners interested in creative music of any kind.
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