The music they play is filled with subtle lyricism, tricky boppish lines, infectious grooves, free jazz energy. They can equally play a heavy post-hard-boppish number, or a lushfull ballad that becomes a transcendental musical meditation. Or a spirited blues (which they do as an encore).
|Michael Jefry Stevens|
Conference Call Quartet embraces complexity of the avant-guarde, elegance of the mainstream, hard bop energy, some lyrical romanticism and spontaneity of improvised interplay. Rooted deep in the mainstream jazz they reach far beyond it. It's a quartet of fabulous musicians and brilliant composers. And it's a pleasure to see and listen to them every time.
The concert in Alchemia was the opening evening of the european tour - my recommendation is you check the schedule and go see them live (next stop - Budapest).
The band was presented with a couple of tracks on the last radio playlist.
Photos by Krzysztof Penarski (from the 2007 concert).
Conference Call Quartet:
Gebhard Ullmann - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Michael Jeffry Stevens - piano
Joe Fonda - bass
George Schuller - drums
Alchemia. Krakow. 28.11.2011