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by Brian Landrus Quartet

The Brian Landrus Quartet features the combined talents of Brian Landrus-Baritone Saxophone, Michael Cain-Piano, Lonnie Plaxico-acousic bass, and Billy Hart-drums.
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1. Traverse
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2. Gnosis
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3. Lone
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4. Lydian 4
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5. Soul and Body
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6. Body and Soul
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7. Creeper
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8. Soundwave
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“**** Four stars. Landrus demonstrates the tonal nuance, melodic sense, and instrumental command that set him apart from his peers on the big pipes.” – Ed Enright, DownBeat Magazine’s Best Recordings of 2012

“**** Four stars... Astonishingly talented multi-woodwind musician... Landrus is unquestionably the most original baritonist for years and his band obviously enjoys playing his arrangements.” – Tony Hall, JazzWise Magazine

“On the surface, the pieces resonate well with sharp melodies and broad strokes of colour. But beneath, Landrus’ compositions contain winding roads and tricky passages that should satisfy even the most discerning of listeners.” – Jordan Richardson, Canadian Audiophile

“Brian Landrus is a voice to watch out for as he charts a creative course in contemporary music. What sets him apart is the lyricism of his compositions and his
ability to tell interesting, vividly illustrated stories.” – Raul D’Gama Rose, All About Jazz

“Surges through the tracks with seemingly casual, but in the end, irresistible, energy..”Bill Donaldson,Cadence



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CD reviews: The Brian Landrus Quartet (US) vs. Sweetback (France)
CD review by William Harvey (published 4/21/2011 here:
Brian Landrus’s latest studio recording, Traverse, displays his talents as a bandleader, composer, and improviser on both baritone sax and bass clarinet. For this project Landrus assembled an all star band including Billy Hart on drums, Michael Cain on piano, and Lonnie Plaxico on bass. The album consists of one standard and seven originals, three of which were co-written with Cain. Each composition has it’s own distinct character yet fit well together in the context of the album as a whole. Landrus’s melodies and solos are fresh, lyrical, and without clichés.
Like many great jazz quartet leaders before him, Landrus often steps back and lets his rhythm section groove and react to the music that has happened or set a mood for the coming melody and solo of the leader. Landrus displays a great level of musical maturity in his use of space, a quality rarely found in a saxophonist as technically gifted as he is. Although he is playing bari and bass clarinet, Landrus is clearly influenced by great tenor players such a Charles Lloyd or Joe Henderson, most apparent in his sense of phrasing and warm tone in addition to interactive playing with his quartet.

Overall the album is tastefully balanced. Most of the tracks are under five minutes long with nice variation of tempos and styles between them. Landrus even knows when not to use the band. On one track “Soul and Body,” he stands alone playing a heartfelt solo improvisation which functions as an intro to the standard “Body and Soul”, in which the band rejoins. Also, on “Lone” and “Soundwave”, Michael Cain proves to be a most ideal accompanist for Landrus in two intimate duets. Sonically the mix and production quality are top notch as no corners were cut to make this album sound as clear as any jazz album in its category. In 2011 Traverse will surely hold it’s own in the midst of notable modern jazz albums.