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Quartet Offensive

Like the city this Baltimore quintet calls home, Quartet Offensive is a band bursting with musical innovation, experimentation, and character, whose music exists between the cracks of jazz, rock, and the avant-garde. It is a band whose unique style freely crosses genre boundaries, and one that succeeds in presenting an honest musical vision.

Originally a quartet of John Dierker (bass clarinet), Matt Frazao (guitar, Adam Hopkins (bass), and Nathan Ellman-Bell (drums), QO later added Eric Trudel (saxophone). Quartet Offensive has drawn both local and national attention, having been featured on NPR's “The Signal,” as well as being hailed as “a lineup of musicians nothing short of virtuosic...First-class improvisation. A mix of time-tested Baltimore weirdness paired with wet-behind-the-ears energy.” (Baltimore City Paper). During their brief career together since forming in 2007, they've already shared bills with living legends Tim Berne, Michael Formanek, Dave Ballou, Jack Wright, and Lafayette Gilchrist.

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”A mix of time-tested Baltimore weirdness paired with wet-behind-the-ears energy.” - Baltimore City Paper

“More than just a casual collaboration, Quartet Offensive is a crucible for new composition and a mutual admiration society of accomplished players.” - NPR’s “The Signal”

“a lineup of musicians nothing short of virtuosic...First-class improvisation.” - Baltimore City Paper

“...charmingly disjointed.” - B Magazine

Primary Instrument

Band/orchestra

Location

Baltimore, MD

Albums

Carnivore
Carnivore
Self Produced
2009
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