Neil Tesser On KLANG

November 19, 2009


Veteran author, jazz critic and broadcaster Neil Tesser writes about clarinetist/composer James Falzone‘s quartet KLANG, its recent release, Tea Music (Allos Documents), and its current Midwest CD release tour, in a new post for his Chicago-themed column at Examiner.com.

“The album is on my short list of top Chicago jazz discs for 2009,” he declares. “Like Goodman and Hampton before them, Falzone and [Jason] Adasiewicz exploit the shared sonorities of their instruments, but to wildly different ends, with a gauntlet of post-modern strategies and tonal extremes. It’s a captivating disc from start to finish…the quartet improvises with invention, authority, and elegance. And with [Jason] Roebke and [Tim] Daisy (two of the most versatile new-music artists in the Midwest) on hand, the rhythm section pulses with brains as well as the appropriate brawn.”

KLANG’s tour continues this week, with dates in Ohio and Wisconsin, concluding on Sunday with a hometown gig at The Hungry Brain.


Reminder: KLANG’s Midwest CD Release Tour Begins Tomorrow

November 16, 2009

Photo by David Sampson

On Tuesday, November 17th, clarinetist/composer James Falzone and his Chicago-based quartet KLANG will embark on a six-date Midwest tour in support of their acclaimed debut CD, Tea Music (Allos Documents).

The group, which also features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, will open the tour in Lexington, Kentucky and work its way back through Ohio and Wisconsin to the tour-ending hometown gig at The Hungry Brain.

Tour Itinerary:

11/17 :: Al’s Bar (Lexington, KY)
11/18 :: Thomas More College (Covington, KY)
11/19 :: Bela Dubby (Cleveland, OH)
11/20 :: Robinwood Concert House (Toledo, OH)
11/21 :: The Sugar Maple (Milwaukee, WI)
11/22 :: The Hungry Brain (Chicago, IL)


KLANG’s Midwest CD Release Tour Begins November 17th

October 20, 2009
Photo by David Sampson

Photo by David Sampson

On Tuesday, November 17th, clarinetist/composer James Falzone and his Chicago-based quartet KLANG will embark on a six-date Midwest tour in support of their acclaimed debut CD, Tea Music (Allos Documents). The group, which also features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, will open the tour in Lexington, Kentucky and work its way back through Ohio and Wisconsin to the tour-ending hometown gig at The Hungry Brain.

Tour Itinerary:

11/17 :: Al’s Bar (Lexington, KY)
11/18 :: Thomas More College (Covington, KY)
11/19 :: Bela Dubby (Cleveland, OH)
11/20 :: Robinwood Concert House (Toledo, OH)
11/21 :: The Sugar Maple (Milwaukee, WI)
11/22 :: The Hungry Brain (Chicago, IL)

Critics have called Tea Music “excellent” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader) and “possibly the best jazz CD I’ve heard this year” (François Couture, Monsieur Délire), while also noting the “thoughtful and stylish music” (Ben Ratliff, New York Times) and “bold playing, smart compositions and empathetic group interactions” (Glen Hall, Exclaim!).

“The music, written by different players, is sly and smart, centered on composition and cleverly precise,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Mark Corroto. “Their collective approach to improvisation is passionate and sharp; Falzone’s orderly clarinet and Adasiewicz’s crisp vibraphone travel to another plane. It’s an extraordinary recording from an outstanding quartet.”

Dusted‘s Marc Medwin adds, “While it has some of the hip lightness associated with many genre-busting acts hailing from [Chicago], coolness of approach is tempered by deep compositional concerns. The musicianship itself is first-rate, the group able to stop on a dime throughout. The players’ performances blend to give the band a unique voice, one rooted in swing and cool but cognizant of all events transpiring since.”


James Falzone’s KLANG At The Hideout Tomorrow Night

September 22, 2009

On Wednesday, September 23rd, clarinetist/composer James Falzone‘s three year-old working quartet KLANG will celebrate the release of its debut studio recording, Tea Music (Allos Documents), with a hometown performance at The Hideout in Chicago.

The band, which delivered a “particularly moving” (Aaron Cohen, DownBeat.com) tribute to Benny Goodman at the Chicago Jazz Festival earlier this month, features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy.

Together they pick up the Swing Era thread of pairing clarinet and vibes, while also exploring a collective interest in the innovative sounds of Jimmy Giuffre’s early small groups of the mid-1950’s.

“The music, written by different players, is sly and smart, centered on composition and cleverly precise,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Mark Corroto. “Their collective approach to improvisation is passionate and sharp; Falzone’s orderly clarinet and Adasiewicz’s crisp vibraphone travel to another plane. It’s an extraordinary recording from an outstanding quartet.”

Critics have also called Tea Music “thoughtful and stylish music” (Ben Ratliff, New York Times) and “possibly the best jazz CD I’ve heard this year” (François Couture, Monsieur Delire), noting the “bold playing, smart compositions and empathetic group interactions” (Glen Hall, Exclaim.ca).

Dusted‘s Marc Medwin adds, “The players’ performances blend to give the band a unique voice, one rooted in swing and cool but cognizant of all events transpiring since.”

Learn more at http://allosmusica.org


NPR Jazz: KLANG At The Chicago Jazz Festival

September 12, 2009
Photo by Jason Marck (WBEZ)

Photo by Jason Marck (WBEZ)

NPR Jazz blogger Patrick Jarenwattananon recalls KLANG‘s “inventive set of Goodman-inspired originals and re-arrangements from clarinetist James Falzone” in a new post highlighting 10 of his favorite moments from this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival.

He notes the group “just released an album as cleanly executed as its name, Tea Music, might imply. But it was an exquisite treat to hear him re-score ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy,’ ‘Memories of You,’ ‘Six Appeal’ and other Goodman repertoire in a sort of 21st century, post-Jimmy Giuffre version of small group swing.”

Tea Music features all original music from the band’s usual repertoire and quartet line-up with vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, but you can hear this special edition of the band, dubbed KLANG: The Goodman Project, featuring special guest guitarist Dave Miller, in this recorded live performance on Chicago Public Radio’s Eight-Forty-Eight.


KLANG: The Chicago Jazz Festival Preview

September 4, 2009
Photo by David Sampson

Photo by David Sampson

Clarinetist/composer James Falzone’s quartet KLANG, along with special guest guitarist Dave Miller, will help commemorate the Benny Goodman Centennial at the 31st annual Chicago Jazz Festival on Sunday afternoon.

This customized five-piece edition of the group, dubbed KLANG: The Goodman Project, was created in response to an invitation from the festival and has performed at festival preview concerts around the city this past week.

Falzone was also interviewed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s JazzGram and the band is featured on this morning’s episode of Chicago Public Radio’s Eight Forty-Eight. You can also hear a track from the band’s brand new CD, Tea Music (Allos Documents), in the latest “Post No Bills” podcast from the Chicago Reader‘s Peter Margasak.

Following Sunday’s performance, the group will get back to business promoting its new record (check out the early reviews here) with its original lineup featuring vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy.

That includes preparations for the official CD release concert at The Hideout on September 23rd, and a week-long Midwest tour culminating in a hometown performance at The Hungry Brain on November 22nd. Check out the complete itinerary here.


NY Times: KLANG’s Tea Music

August 30, 2009

The Chicago-based quartet KLANG, led by clarinetist/composer James Falzone, continues to collect accolades for its studio debut, Tea Music (Allos Documents), released earlier this week.

In today’s New York Times, Ben Ratliff writes, “the band plays music that’s controlled on the surface and wriggling inside: tight, cruising arrangements of thoughtful and stylish music, with vibraphone shimmers and Mr. Falzone’s handsome tone over bass and drums that rumble freely, without fixed rhythm, but that never make a big deal out of it. (Once in a while, in an allotted area, Mr. Falzone really stretches out, playing hard, gestural solos, getting almost wild in small spaces.)”

He adds, “The band is having everything at once, of course: structure and freedom, tunes and the open imagination.”

KLANG, which also features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, will perform in Chicago tonight at The Hungry Brain and tomorrow night at Skylark as a preview of its upcoming concert commemorating the Benny Goodman centennial at the Chicago Jazz Festival on September 6th.

The official release concert for Tea Music will happen at The Hideout on September 23rd, followed by a week-long tour of the Midwest in November.


Exclaim: KLANG’s Tea Music + Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day

August 27, 2009

This week, Exclaim.ca, the Web site for the Canadian monthly music magazine, Exclaim!, posted new reviews of both KLANG’s Tea Music (Allos Documents) and Harris Eisenstadt‘s Canada Day (Clean Feed).

Glen Hall writes, “Chicago clarinettist James Falzone’s quartet, KLANG, comes on strong, with bold playing, smart compositions and empathetic group interactions. What makes for such pleasing listening is the beautiful blending of the warm clarinet and the glistening sheen of the vibes—a really cool combination.”

“His quintet features some great young talent that attack his challenging compositions with passion,” explains David Dacks in his early review of Canada Day. “Eisenstadt’s songs deftly balance complex arrangements with subtle, elastic grooves. There are elements of post-rock, ’60s Blue Note sounds (à la Bobby Hutcherson) and West African styles—another Eisenstadt specialty.”

Tea Music was released this week and Canada Day hits the streets on October 6th. Both bands will be on tour this fall. Click here for details.


KLANG’s Tea Music Released Today

August 25, 2009

Today is the official street date for Tea Music (Allos Documents), the debut studio recording from the Chicago-based quartet, KLANG.

“While it has some of the hip lightness associated with many genre-busting acts hailing from that city,” writes Dusted‘s Marc Medwin, “coolness of approach is tempered by deep compositional concerns. The musicianship itself is first-rate, the group able to stop on a dime throughout. The players’ performances blend to give the band a unique voice, one rooted in swing and cool but cognizant of all events transpiring since.”

The three year-old group, featuring clarinetist James Falzone, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, 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.

“The music, written by different players, is sly and smart, centered on composition and cleverly precise,” declares AllAboutJazz.com’s Mark Corroto. “Their collective approach to improvisation is passionate and sharp; Falzone’s orderly clarinet and Adasiewicz’s crisp vibraphone travel to another plane. It’s an extraordinary recording from an outstanding quartet.”

KLANG has a busy fall schedule of performances in Chicago and beyond.

Before officially celebrating its new record at The Hideout on September 23rd, the group will help celebrate the Benny Goodman centennial at the Chicago Jazz Festival on September 6th, as well as at preview events around the city in late August.

In November, the band will embark on a Midwest tour culminating in a hometown performance at The Hungry Brain on November 22nd.

Check out the band’s complete itinerary here.


More Reviews For KLANG’s Tea Music

August 20, 2009

Tea Music (Allos Documents), the studio debut from the Chicago-based quartet, KLANG, continues to collect positive reviews leading up to its August 25th release.

The group, led by clarinetist/composer James Falzone, features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy.

Together Falzone and Adasiewicz form a dynamic front-line, recalling the ebullience of Goodman and Hampton, the introspection of Jimmy Giuffre and Paul Bley, and Eric Dolphy and Bobby Hutcherson’s spiky interplay.
A limber rhythm section, Roebke and Daisy drive the ensemble with quicksilver shifts in mood and tone. Brisk and economical, they underscore the delicate tonality of Falzone’s woody clarinet and Adasiewicz’s shimmering, metallic vibes with supple nuance and elastic timing. An adventurous yet accessible effort from the Windy City’s finest young improvisers, Tea Music is another compelling album in a long line of stellar releases documenting the new Chicago scene.

“Together Falzone and Adasiewicz form a dynamic front-line,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins, “recalling the ebullience of Goodman and Hampton, the introspection of Jimmy Giuffre and Paul Bley, and Eric Dolphy and Bobby Hutcherson’s spiky interplay. A limber rhythm section, Roebke and Daisy drive the ensemble with quicksilver shifts in mood and tone…they underscore the delicate tonality of Falzone’s woody clarinet and Adasiewicz’s shimmering, metallic vibes with supple nuance and elastic timing.”

Dusted‘s Marc Medwin adds, “The musicianship itself is first-rate, the group able to stop on a dime throughout. The players’ performances blend to give the band a unique voice, one rooted in swing and cool but cognizant of all events transpiring since.”

Finally, in a post on his blog, Monsieur Délire, earlier this week, François Couture declared, “Oh, what a nice jazz record, possibly the best jazz CD I’ve heard this year. Clarinetist James Falzone had seduced me in 2006 with his The Sign and the Thing Signified. This album by his quartet KLANG hits me right on the pleasure bone again.”