A pleasantly swinging affair
"JAZZ PICK OF THE WEEK. . . the group, by the sound of the album, shares a vision of swing, taste and execution. This foursome reflects the true heart of West Coast jazz in the ë90s: no nonsense, straight-ahead but not strait-laced and willing to revel in the mellowness that 300-plus days of sunshine and warmth impart to personality. In other words, the Acoustic Jazz Quartet is cool." -LA Weekly. The Los Angeles-based Acoustic Jazz Quartet defines contemporary acoustic jazz with its blend of sophisticated original compositions and a unique treatment of the classic jazz repertoire.
1. J & L (4:49)
2. Bigs ( 8:26)
3. Song Of The Century (8:38)
4. Darkness Upon The Earth (8:14)
5. Alone Together (6:09)
6. Organic Unity (6:14)
7. Jumpin' Out (5:42)
8. Bahji (7:04)
8. 12-9 (5:56)
10. Irrevocable and Immutable (7:32)
Produced by Ron Schwartz for OMG Sports Entertainment Music
Recorded October 17th & 18th at the Bakery, North Hollywood, CA
Engineered by Andy Waterman
Photographs by Zac Matthews
Layout and design by John Bishop/OriginArts
Oregon Jazz Scene (George Fendel)
With the exception of Alone Together, the AJQ, as they may one day be known, provides only original material here. I've heard tenor David Sills play bop and ballads and admire his warm, "reeled-in" sound. Playing mates Jamie Findlay, guitar; Zac Matthews, bass and Dean Koba, drums, all lend to a tightly knit quartet with a clean and precise approac ...
All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
"Organic Unity" the approximate center point of the Acoustic Jazz Quartet's new recording Organic, fairly well sums up in an aural sense the constantly evolving vision of this fine West Coast quartet. This slightly Bossa piece shows exactly how far an already superb quartet has come since its previous release, Acoustic Jazz Quartet (Naxos Jazz 8603 ...
Jazz Review (Michael Bettine)
The Acoustic Jazz Quartet is a pleasantly swinging affair. The music mixes up easy swing, bossa-nova, ballads, and soft boppish tunes. The players are all high caliber. Saxophonist David Sills has a pleasant, full tone and delivers some very melodic solos. Acoustic guitarist Jamie Findlay's tone is sweat and his solos flow easily from his frettboar ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
The sophomore album of jazz from the Acoustic Jazz Quartet that isn't actually acoustic (amps and pickups are used throughout). The pieces are written primarily by Jamie Findlay, the guitarist and devout Baha'I follower. Taking the influence of his religion, a number of the works here are based in some manner upon the Baha'i faith and the celebrati ...