Atlantis Quartet, formed in 2006, is at the forefront of the twin cities burgeoning modern jazz scene. The group consists of four of the areas brightest jazz stars, saxophonist Brandon Wozniak (Dave King Trucking Company), guitarist Zacc Harris (Vital Organ), bassist Chris Bates (Red Planet), and drummer Pete Hennig (Fantastic Merlins). Atlantis Quartet was named 2011 Best Jazz Artist by City Pages.
The band came together under the concept of a collective, in which all four members contribute compositions and together explore new facets of this music. The result has been three nationally acclaimed albums. The first, AGAIN, TOO SOON (2007) was called "genuinely inspired" by Clive Griffin of Jazz Improv Magazine. ANIMAL PROGRESS (2009) was called "startlingly original" by Bill Milkowski of JazzTImes Magazine. The groups most recent release, a live album named LINES IN THE SAND (2011), was named in the City Pages top 10 Minnesota made albums of 2011, the only jazz disc to make it in there.
Atlantis Quartet has toured the Midwest and East Coast, and continues to write and perform, looking toward a fourth album to be released in 2013. Writer Rick Mason of City Pages says, "they create something greater than the sum of their considerable individual skills. Each player's ideas and strengths seem to infiltrate the others' consciousness, so the music evolves as a constantly shifting mosaic of textures, rhythmic patterns, and tonal colors. It's 21st-century jazz to be sure, with sharp incorporations of funk, rock, and international sounds, but built on a solid foundation of bop, swing, free jazz, and everything that has come before, including blues and gospel. All four members are terrific musicians and superb improvisers who can glow with lyricism but seem to peak on taut spirals of imaginative fire...This is a band with a limitless future."