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Ya’ll is so nice!

Here are some excerpts from a couple of new reviews of “Green”. Thanks ya’ll.

From All About Jazz:

“From the opening phrases of the first tune, “Contradiction,” the band demonstrates its intensity and ability to blow hard, but also that it can engage in dynamic conversation.”

You can read the full article here.

And from the  Gapplegate Music Review:

“I suppose you could say that this still dwells in a mainstream matrix not untypical of what is coming to our ears today, but there is a something extra, an increased presence of combustible energy and eloquence, and an ever more substantial quality”

You can read the full article here.

Ya’ll is so nice!
Or is that Ya’lls? Yall’s? Ya’ll’s? Yalleses?

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Dang!

My wife says I’m not good at taking compliments. Maybe that’s why an overly-complimentary review makes me squirm a little bit. I guess I’ve been squirming a lot lately. The reception to “Green” has been tremendous. I’m so grateful that it is pleasing so many ears. Anyway, here’s an excerpt from a recent review at Expose Online:

“I’m beginning to feel like I could write this review by simply selecting a random stream of positive superlatives. Outstanding, creative, amazing… but that’s not very helpful, regardless of how accurate it might be. This Seattle quartet continues to ply their own path in jazz with a sound that is neither within nor completely outside what passes for the mainstream these days. “

Aw shucks, I’m blushing!

Here’s a link to the entire review.

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Jazz Times review

jazztmesHere’s a very kind review of our newest CD “Green” by Travis Rogers via Jazz Times:

“Together, these artists create a brilliant work of Jazz with flavorings of Rock… they create a sweet sound of a walk through life’s landscapes, seascapes and dreamscapes… exquisite displays of precise melody, lush harmony and lockstep rhythm.” 

You can read the whole review here.

And while I’m at it, here’s another review from BVSreviews.com

Local review

We’ve received another nice mention in our local Jazz magazine this month:

“What makes this album a true standout is the unification heard within the quartet’s playing. The players Wright has gathered perform in a style that seems to possess an omnipresent balance, with an inexplicable pulse. Wright’s complex composition shines through eloquently, as if to reflect an elaborate painting flurrying with color. “

You can read the full review here.

I’m a bit embarrased

Another review… this one makes me blush…

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BETWEEN SOUND AND SPACE – Tyran Grillo
http://www.ecmreviews.com

With the release of Green, Seattle-based guitarist and bandleader Rik Wright has reached the highest point of his career thus far. In completing the additive colors trilogy begun by Blue and Red (released 2013 and 2014, respectively), this album takes the unity shared with bandmates James DeJoie (reeds and flute), bassist Geoff Harper, and drummer-percussionist Greg Campbell, to its most intense levels of focus yet. As Fundamental Forces, the uncategorizable quartet continues to not only push the envelope, but also fill that envelope with a truly original songbook—signed, sealed, and delivered to the discerning listener. If Blue introduced the voice and Red gave that voice a stage, then Green is the mind that shapes its every note, signaling a giant cognitive leap into the future of an artist who breaks as many barriers as he brings together.

If there’s one thing you can count on in Rik Wright’s music, it’s a balance of abandon and meticulous control. Enchantingly, this fine line blurs even more for the third round, even as it comes across more boldly than ever. And in the track “Harmonic Tremor,” one can see just how far the band has come in that very regard. This tune follows the compositional formula that works so well for Wright, twining melodic reed work and bright drums around a core groove of guitar and bass, but takes it to unexpected places via DeJoie’s gritty baritonism, Wright’s elastic commentary, and Campbell’s artful shuffling. Such is the band’s commitment to equality, which through the vital contributions of its members forms a distinct whole. One hears it in DeJoie’s acrobatic alto playing (“Contradiction”) and in the lilting flute of his own “Alicia’s Waltz” (the only track of the set not from Wright’s pen). One hears it, too, in the rhythm section’s evocative pacing throughout “Patience” and “Sugar Crash.” Regardless of which musician you focus on, every contribution is more lucid than the last.

Wright’s music has always been characterized by its immediacy, and on Green, perhaps more than any other album, immediacy gilds the niche that Fundamental Forces has already carved. Be it relatively brief, as the emblematic guitar solo “Sunrise Pixels” and the concluding “Overcast” (in which Wright and DeJoie strengthen the sunbeams of their harmonic relationship), or expansive, as the 10-minute “Wanderous,” the quartet brings full, cinematic charge to its playing. The latter tune is a landmark achievement, unfolding patiently and featuring a beautiful color shift to clarinet. Here, as throughout the album, Wright’s guitar reveals its phases like the moon, taking on the light of a hidden sun and turning it into song. Despite, if not because of, the hefty length of this track, it pushes through space and time with the quiet grace of a comet.

Although this album completes a broader project, it stands on its own feet as an example of a pure love of music making. And from this vantage point, the future looks bright for Wright indeed.

Kind words from Midwest Record Review

RIK WRIGHT’S FUNDAMENTAL FORCES/Green: The guitar ace that seems to love writing for sax players rounds up the gang once again for a set that feel suspired by early 70s Miles. That may sound like a peck of contradictions but we already know how many hats you have to wear these days just to get through the day. No matter, let the bitches stew about this bitches brew, Wright isn’t manqué-ing around here and his crew is on the money throughout. A winner of a date for anyone looking for progressive jazz that doesn’t roll off the rails, Wright is doing even more of his right thing here. Check it out.

http://midwestrecord.com/MWR1027.html