Exciting esoteric electropop futurism Quintopus – THE ADJACENT POSSIBLE: If you look up the meaning of “esoteric”, you will find that it means “likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest“… well, folks, I’m telling you right now, this exciting esoteric electropop futurism set from players Doug Stone – tenor saxophone; Nick Finzer – trombone/effects; Matthew Golombisky – bass and Chris Teal – drums is decidedly different and (for that small number of people) totally enjoyable… in fact, I’m just BLOWN AWAY by their performances on this album. Some of the samples just went live, but the album doesn’t officially release until 18 September, 2020; I’ll tell you right now, this is already a HIT here in my studios!
Tunes like the 4:06 “Hooch & Eats” give you total “movement”, and are actually kinda’ “danceable”, lol… some of the phrases here remind me (bigly) of another favorite artist who is in their neck of the woods, Brian Kastan… I’ve love to see these players get together with Brian.
The fantastic opener, “Quinto, Straight Ahead“, has some super bass lines from Matthew, and the “point/counterpoint” interface with the drums from all the band members makes it one of the most unique (yet somehow accessible) improvised tunes you will ever hear… I have no doubt that jazz DJ’s everywhere will be spinning this song religiously!
You’ll hear absolutely flawless recording on the beautifully strange title track, “The Adjacent Possible“… be sure you have your headphones on for this one, though, so you can catch every captivating little nuance the players create for you here.
All four players are active in “The Institute for Creative Music (IfCM)“, which helps to spread the word far and wide on creative music… they do lots of workshops and jazz camps, too… as I listened to their new album for the third time this morning, it was easy to make my choice for personal favorite… their live performance of “Blue Flux Pulse” stands out as one of the best improvised sets I’ve heard (yet) in 2020!
I give Quintopus a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99… truly one of the best improvised albums you’ll hear in 2020. Get more information on the Quintopus BandCamp site as it becomes available.
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