...a formidable ensemble...
Saxophonist AJ Kluth's quintet presents a set of compositions by Kluth and the band's guitarist Nick Ascher as well as Chick Corea's "Litha" and Thom Yorke's "Atom for Peace." Reveling in the synergistic mystery of improvised music, the ajkQ clearly enjoys the unexpected discoveries of the creative process as they blend shades of jazz, folk, rock, and classical to create music that is simultaneously melodic yet esoteric, sparse yet dense, visceral yet cerebral, but always accessible and rooted in the jazz tradition. AJ is an active member of the Chicago music scene; racking up miles in tour buses with various artists, teaching many students on several instruments, and as an active session player.
1 red 8:43 [nick ascher]
2 revolutions 8:45 [nick ascher]
3 a time, times, and half a time 8:04 [aj kluth]
4 wi fi? 7:57 [aj kluth]
5 quiet...then go 5:37 [aj kluth]
6 litha 6:28 [chick corea]
7 coliseum 7:13 [nick ascher]
8 sleeping 7:37 [nick ascher]
9 atoms for peace 5:07 [thom yorke]
AJ Kluth - tenor / soprano saxophones
Nick Ascher - electric guitar
Seán McCluskey - piano and fender rhodes
Cory Biggerstaff - double bass
Stefan Czestochowski - drums and cymbals
Produced by AJ Kluth and the ajkQ
Recorded by Neal Ostrovsky at
B Side Audio, Chicago IL, May 11, 2008
Mixed and mastered by Neal Ostrovsky
Cover illustration from Encyklopaedie
der Wissenschaften und Kuenste, 1844
Photos by Matthew Riddle
AJ Kluth photo by EJ Holmes
Cover design by John Bishop
Richmond Jazz (Dean Christesen)
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All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
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All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
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