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Retrieval Structure

by Quentin Angus Quintet

"Angus' compositions and playing are rooted in the best of the jazz tradition while eagerly embracing modern concepts. Quentin and the band are beautifully recorded and play with maturity and fluidity"- John Riley
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Coltrane Matrix
6:29 album only
2. Retrieval Structure
6:35 album only
3. Level 21
7:00 album only
4. The Heights
4:28 album only
5. The First Fall
6:09 album only
6. Phyrgia
6:22 album only
7. Five Ahead
7:15 album only
8. What the Future Holds
6:23 album only
9. Sentient
1:50 album only
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Album Notes
"A statement of bold beauty, artistry and ability. Angus' guitar playing and compositions both push and blur the boundaries of popular instrumental music" – Doug Munro

"Angus's new recording is loaded with challenging compositions, and some stellar playing from all. I recommend it highly."- John Abercrombie

"Quentin Angus' debut record is a collection of very adventurous, yet heartfelt, compositions. His statement on the guitar is very personal and unique and the band sounds excellent." - Gilad Hekselman



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Promising modern postbop debut
from a young Aussie guitarist now based in NYC, who was only 24 at the time of recording his nine originals for this self-produced album in August of 2011. The compositions are well crafted, with serpentine melodies, metric modulations and changes in tempo and accent, although half of them come across as if they were cut from the same cloth: the opener 'coltrane matrix' is reminiscent of Jonathan Kreisberg, with fine exchange between the bandleader and the talented saxophonist (here on tenor) Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, who is maneuvering and improvising throughout the set with a skill belying his age (b. 1989); then follows a taut performance of the title track where Lefkowitz-Brown switches to soprano; while the mid-tempo #5 'the first fall' is a piece in a more traditional vein, with swinging piano courtesy of gifted fellow South Australian Matthew Sheens (b. 1986), whose debut record "Every Eight Seconds" came out in 2012. Akin to these three songs is the fast swinging #7 'five ahead' with a noteworthy tenor sax improv and the guitarist's consistently impressive, fluid and methodic elaboration (as elsewhere).

Track #3 'level 21' is one of the highlights, sporting - among others - Kenneth Salters' (b. 1981) exquisite and dynamic drum-cymbal back-up and a melodic solo (also #5, 8) on double bass by Scott Colberg. #4 'the heights' is a guitar-piano duet Mike Moreno and Aaron Parks would come up with; whereas #6 'phyrgia' (more commonly spelled as 'phrygia' designates a kingdom of antiquity in Asia Minor and in its adjectival form a scale mode of the same name) has some oriental overtones coupled w/ spirited soprano sax. The only trio piece titled #8 'what the future holds' delivers an elusive, partly chord-melody play with an odd sounding, recurring element in the theme. The less than 2-minute-long closer #9 'sentient' features Lefkowitz-Brown on tenor again and has an Afro-Cuban (?) segment. Total time: 52.35 min.
The sophomore release by Quentin Brian Angus, called "Perception" (2013, self-produced) features a roster of 15 musicians, including strings arrengement plus a vocalist.