Jonathon Haffner | Life On Wednesday

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Life On Wednesday

by Jonathon Haffner

This CD was produced by DAVID BINNEY and features CRAIG TABORN, WAYNE KRANTZ, EIVIND OPSVIK, KENNY WOLLESEN, JOCHEN RUECKERT. Both drummers perform together on the record. Think Ornette Coleman meets The Allman Brothers.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Rock
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1. Time Time
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2. Radio One
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3. New Mexico
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4. Western Wren (The Bird Call)
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5. Formigas
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6. Big Wheel
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7. Tuesday Night Danny
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8. Freewheel
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9. Wednesday Night Firsts
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10. Maybe Mexico
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11. New Year
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Saxophonist/Composer Jonathon Haffner’s new release “Life On Wednesday” is one of the most original and creative releases of 2009. The recording, which was produced by DAVID BINNEY and recorded at Systems Two Studios in Brooklyn, NY is a pure mark in jazz innovation and excellence. “Life on Wednesday” features CRAIG TABORN on piano, wurlitzer and electronics, WAYNE KRANTZ on guitar, EIVIND OPSVIK on electric and acoustic bass, KENNY WOLLESEN on Drums, and JOCHEN RUECKERT on drums. Both drummers perform together on the record, lending itself to a very unique sound. Haffner says ‘Life on Wednesday’ is an exciting and unique mixture of jazz, electronica and rock. It is a vision I have been working on for sometime. The double drummer concept is something I have always loved. The songs on the record reflect today’s modern music world both melodically and sonically.” Sit down and tune in to eleven new tracks written by a newcomer that is certain to turn some heads in the jazz community.

“Jonathon Haffner is a extraordinary musician and composer. His new release, ‘Life on Wednesday’ reflects his unique vision and concept.” ~ David Binney

Saxophonist Jonathon Haffner has really recording
an interesting album here! Featuring Wayne
Krantz (gtr), Craig Taborn (keys), Elvind Opsvik
(bs) and both Jochen Rueckert & Kenny Wolleson
on drums (at the SAME time throughout!). This
CD was produced by David Binney and they've
done an incredible job of taking an interesting
collection of players, challenging and slightly angular music, added TWO drummers to
really play simultaneously and created both an incredibly intriguing and listenable album!.
The double drumming thing is really amazing me right now. Both of these guys are really
going for it and it somehow is never cluttered... even amidst competing fills and bashing
cymbals, there's a singular voice and energy these guys have tapped into. I really feel for
whoever mixed this thing, tho!
Everyone's playing is wonderful and the music is exciting, (but never over the top), textural
(but never too "artsy") & very listen-able without being watered down. I'm very
Great band, great writing and a feat of engineering and mixing prowess, I'd say!
One comparison that came to mind is of Chris Potter's Underground, and I have to admit...
This has replaced "Ultrahang" in my rotation (at least for a bit ;-)
~ Bass Musician Magazine

Alto saxophonist Jonathon Haffner's
band on Life on Wednesday puts up a
united front, sounding as integrated
as the internal workings of a
utilitarian, high horsepower industrial
machine. But that machine has some
grit in its innards on the set's opener,
"Time Time," with a rasp of Wayne Krantz' metallic guitar
paired with Craig Taborn's Wurlitzer meshing into a dense
groove from the dual drums ofJochen Rueckert and Kenny
Wollesen, alongside bassist Eivind Opsvik.
Indeed, the hard metal, industrial tinge continues on
"Radio One" and its raw, file-on-stainless-steel feeling,
with injections of emery paper,-in-the-gear-cog
electronics crescendoing into what sounds like a light bulb
filament humming three seconds from its mini-nova
The searing one-two punch of this pair of tunes opening
Haffner's disc—produced by David Binney , and that's
surely a factor in this sound's success—gets up and
in-your-face with fine, chip-on-the-shoulder ferocity. "New
Mexico" takes the music on a tender turn on a plaintive
ballad. Krantz' s solo starts out folksy, in Bill Frisell
fashion, threatening to go from folksy to feral (without
quite going there, this time) before giving way to Taborn's
jittery, inward acoustic piano.
"Western Wren (The Bird Call)" rips like an oncoming
calamity on a tune as crazy as Ornette Coleman on
one of his wilder nights. "Formigas," at nearly eleven
minutes the longest piece of the set, crunches with subtle
metal-on-metal grind—a car with worn brake shoes—
before it whirs and hums, like a piece of cheap electronic
equipment heating up in the direction of its shortcircuiting
demise. Haffner blows into the dystopia with a
late night, straight-ahead solo that gains momentum and
wails toward a frenzy, the ensemble right there with him
like a bunch of toughs swinging into a rumble in the alley.
The attention-grabbing Life on Wednesday doesn't pull
any punches. It sounds as if it was made with the
intention of giving modern jazz a kick in the pants, and it
does just that.
~ All About Jazz



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