Inspired by the music of Jimmy Giuffre, clarinetist James Falzone formed the group Klang in 2006 with local heavyweights Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Roebke and Tim Daisy. Though the ensemble is led by Falzone, the group preforms his music as well as music composed by several of the other group's members.

Falzone is involved with several other projects locally and internationally including his own Allos Musica, eclectic Le Bon Vent and Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra's Flatlands Collective. Armed with a graduate degree from New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation Department, it is not surprising that Falzone is able to incorporate such potentially disperate musical styles and playing conventions into his music with verve and grace.

Tracks

  1. G.F.O.P
  2. Dwarfs
  3. Still Like (with multiplicity)
  4. Last Love Song
  5. Fickle
  6. Solitude
  7. China Black

Musicians

  1. James Falzone - clarinet
  2. Jason Adasiewicz - vibraphone
  3. Jason Roebke - bass
  4. Tim Daisy - drums

Production

Designed by T. Kellers, Studio Twelve 3

Luminescence Records

  1. LUM001
  2. LUM002
  3. LUM003

Luminescence Live

  1. LML001
  2. LML002
  3. LML003
  4. LML004
  5. LML005

Reviews

This is Klang's second disc & it features James Falzone on clarinet, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Jason Roebke on bass and Tim Daisy on drums. Chicago-area clarinetist James Falzone runs the Allos label and leads a few different bands like Vox Arcana, Allos Musica & Klang. Vibes-man Jason Adasiewicz works with Mike Reed, Josh Berman & Aram Shelton and has a fine disc out as a leader on Cuneiform. Contrabassist Jason Roebke has collaborated with many musicians like Scott Fields, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Harris Eisenstadt and Tigersmilk. Drummer Tim Daisy has worked with everyone from the Vandermark 5 to Fred Anderson & leads Dragons 1976.

Everything I've heard from Mr. Falzone I have enjoyed and this one is even better than usual. For "G.F.O.P." Falzone's nimble clarinet soars on top, while Adasiewicz's vibes add a floating cushion of spacious support. When an ambulance siren goes off in the first piece, it occurs at just the right moment adding some instant punctuation to the proceedings. Roebke's "Dwarfs" sounds very much like a song on Eric Dolphy's 'Outward Bound' album with the vibes adding the right amount of crisp counterpoint. This piece recalls Dolphy's 'Out to Lunch' album which featured Bobby Hutcherson on vibes. The long clarinet solo and drums are in fine form throughout this wonderful work. "Still Life" is more like a calm, third stream piece with lush harmonies for the clarinet and vibes and exquisite rhythm team work. "Last Love Song" has some of the most relaxed and haunting clarinet solos of this set. What knocks me out about this quartet is their ability to snap back and forth between written and short freer sections executing those occasional hairpin turns with grace and resourcefulness. The one cover tune here is Ellington's classic "Solitude" which is done sublimely. This disc is a particularly strong program from some of Chicago's best musicians.

Bruce Lee Gallanter

Downtown Music Gallery

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