Source: Two Rooms Records. This new Detroit based label has debuted with a trio of albums.
Alex Harding – baritone saxophone
Vincent Chandler – trombone
Rocco Popielarski – Bass
Dr. Prof. Leonard King – drums
Quartet NOW! is a new group co-lead by drummer Dr. Prof. Leonard King (of the legendary Strata Records and Lyman Woodard Organization) and baritone saxophonist Alex Harding (alum of Lester Bowie, David Murray, Julius Hemphill, Sun Ra Arkestra, etc.). With a focus on material by such Detroit composers as Kenn Cox and Charles Moore, Quartet Now!’s self-titled release harkens back to the era of soul-inflected creative jazz that Detroit musicians innovated in the late 1960s and ’70s.
Thollem & Clem Fortuna
The multi-year collaboration between virtuoso pianist Thollem and Detroit piano tuner/composer/instrument-builder/musician Clem Fortuna has resulted in Your Letter Must Have Followed Me All Over the World, a live recording of microtonal piano music. Performed by Thollem on four of Trinosophes’ in-house pianos — each tuned to a unique microtonal system devised by Fortuna — this LP is undoubtably one of the most unusual and intriguing recordings of the year.
Seven Thousand Year Plan is the second LP from Viands, an electronic music duo that formed spontaneously when David Shettler and Joel Peterson hopped on stage during normal cafe hours at Trinosophes art space in Detroit. Drawing on spontaneous thematic material, ambient settings and aleatory elements, Viands constructs a new sonic universe every time they perform. Their long-form epics seem to have structure and development but are the product of the intuitive interplay between members David Shettler and Joel Peterson, each of whom have established histories in music-making of all kinds.