Java Quar­tet

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No in­stru­ment echoes the male voice as closely as the tenor­sax­o­phone,which­lend­si­tape­cu­liarim­me­di­acy— es­pe­cially when played with the blow­torch ur­gency that Matthew Ot­tignon likes to ap­ply. Ot­tignon has been part of Java Quar­tet for a nudge over half of the band’s 20-year life, goug­ing stark rents in the pas­tel-hued sur­face of the more in­tro­spec­tive mu­sic that leader/com­poser/bassist Michael Galeazzi, pi­anist Greg Cof­fin and drum­mer Mike Quigley in­stinc­tively make to­gether. This is not a value judge­ment. Pro­duc­tive artis­tic col­lab­o­ra­tions are of­ten forged by com­bin­ing os­ten­si­bly op­po­si­tional forces rather than by align­ing per­fectly com­pat­i­ble aes­thetic sen­si­bil­i­ties. Sev­eral of Galeazzi’s new com­po­si­tions are among his best, play­ing to the band’s strength of cre­at­ing jour­ney-like nar­ra­tives. Broad­en­ing the sonic scope on some tracks are tabla player Bobby Singh and rap­per Mor­gan­ics.

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