Kartet

Apparently, an unsignificant formula. Usual orchestration. But then, surprise, as early as the first few bars, a freshness of inspiration which one believed to be condemned. To say simply, it's been a long time since a “jazz quartet” had sounded in a such an unorthodox way. Play-along with structure, tireless exploration of all possible combinations, independence of lines, poly-speeds, mobile architecture of the compositions... A shape of music in continuous metamorphosis as it pivots around the four players, and results in many simultaneous and complementary points of view on the same reality. A music which reconciles intellect and intuition as it combines a quasi-mathematical rigour with a sensitivity, an instrumental originality, and an attention to details forged by the supreme exercise of full improvisation. » Those lines written in 1995 by Stéphane Ollivier, a french jazz-writer in Jazz Magazine, are still up to date. Ten years later, Kartet’s music remains uncommonly fresh and special.

Album Reviews
Read more articles

Discography

Grand Laps

Grand Laps

Songlines Recordings
2014

buy
The Bay Window

The Bay Window

Songlines Recordings
2007

buy

Similar

John Coltrane John Coltrane
saxophone
Peggy Lee Peggy Lee
vocalist
Sam Newsome Sam Newsome
saxophone
Oliver Lake Oliver Lake
saxophone
Kahil El'Zabar Kahil El'Zabar
percussion
Michael Blake Michael Blake
saxophone
Steve Lehman Steve Lehman
saxophone, alto
Louis Sclavis Louis Sclavis
woodwind
Sonny Simmons Sonny Simmons
saxophone, alto
Odean Pope Odean Pope
saxophone

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.