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by East Side

A unique jazz quartet combining elements from Blue Note era "soul jazz" with Nuevo Tango, performing original compositions (with one cover tune) on chromatic harmonica, guitar, percussion and bass.
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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1. Astoria
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2. Silesian Mist
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3. Tempus Fugit
4:03 $0.99
4. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
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5. Angular Intentions
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6. San Souci
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7. Snake Charmer
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Album Notes
The idea of the East Side Quartet was conceived in late 2008 and in early 2009 they recorded their first album. The stylistic basis for the group was combining elements from Blue Note era "soul jazz" and their conception of Nuevo Tango. The group clicked musically and personally and the line up has remained the same from the start: Reynold Philipsek, the writer of beautiful compositions and dynamic guitarist; Clint Hoover, renowned master of the chromatic harmonica; Michael Bissonnette creative, subtle percussionist; and the grounded, expressive bass of Matt Senjem.

It looked like the group was set for a long run but circumstances intervened and by 2011 Clint had moved from Minneapolis (where the group was based) to Pittsburgh. Still, they were resolved to keep East Side going somehow. It took them about three years to complete Astoria (their second album) but they were determined to get it done. The result is this recording which is a great follow up to the first effort and an apt document of the group's development. It is their goal to continue this musical endeavor for some time to come. The album features four compositions by Reynold, two by Clint and one classic cover.



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