Chicago-based clarinetist/composer James Falzone is proud to announce the August 25th release of Tea Music (Allos Documents 003), the debut studio recording of his three year-old working quartet, KLANG, featuring vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy. All four members compose for the group, which picks up the swing era thread of pairing clarinet and vibes, while also exploring its collective interest in the innovative sounds of Jimmy Giuffre‘s early small groups of the mid-1950’s.
Tea Music takes its name from Falzone’s penchant for drinking tea while composing and is the first opportunity for the rest of the world to hear one of Chicago’s most respected local groups on the rise. A mainstay at various festivals, concert series and venues around the city since January 2006, the group will celebrate the Benny Goodman centennial at the invitation of the Chicago Jazz Festival on September 6th, mark the release of its debut at The Hideout on September 23rd and then embark on its first tour in mid-November.
“Klang is the German word for sound or sonority,” Falzone explains, “and I often think of the sound of something, whether that be a group, a composition or a musician, before anything else. The mixing of vibes and clarinet is a sound explored famously by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton in the pre-bop era, and then taken up again by Eric Dolphy and Bobby Hutcherson. There is something in the acoustic make-up of the two instruments that allows them to blend well.”
“As for the Giuffre connection,” he adds, “I’ve always been taken with his early groups, before the trios with Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer, and well before the trios with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow, though I love those trios, too. The earlier groups had a way of using the drums that was less about time keeping and more about making the drums another element of counterpoint. And, his unique approach to his instrument has fascinated, confused and delighted me beyond explanation since I heard The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet at 12 years old. The guys in KLANG are all as into him as I am—everyone here in Chicago is, actually.”
Critics have called Falzone “an articulate and interesting composer” (Jerry D’Souza, AllAboutJazz.com), “thoughtful and thought-provoking” (Duncan Heining, Jazzwise), “witty, piquant and eminently listenable” (Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide) and “an already important Chicago voice” (Matthew Lurie, Time Out Chicago). In addition to founding KLANG, and his own group, Allos Musica, he is a member of Keefe Jackson’s Project Project and Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra’s Flatlands Collective among other ensembles. His most recent recording is 2007’s The Sign and the Thing Signified (Allos Documents).
Learn more at http://www.allosmusica.org