In the Spring of 1997 four young Chicago jazz enthusiasts rehearsed for the first time in a suburban basement studio. The goal was nothing more than to have a regular session where the musicians could feel free to try out their original compositions and ideas about ensemble playing. After only the first session it became clear that the collective was onto something big and by the Fall of 1997 Spazztet released its first album, "Beautiful Impatience," to critical acclaim.
In the last three years Spazztet has played to enthusiastic audiences at colleges and clubs across the midwest. Their CDs have received airplay throughout the country and their compositions have won fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. In December of 1999, Spazztet released their highly anticipated second CD, "Silent Films."
Featuring Zachary Brock (violin), Aaron Weistrop (guitar), George Langford (bass) and Gerald Dowd (drums), Spazztet is one of the most exciting Jazz groups to come along in a long time. But don't just take our word for it:
"This group can play..." Brock "can wail, worry and screech like Jean Luc-Ponty." Weistrop
"has a thoughtful bluesy style somewhere between Frisell and Coryell."
- Jerome Wilson, Cadence June 1999
"It is refreshing to find (a band) with an original voice."
- Steve Rubin, host of Stolen Moments, KZYX California
"I'm a BIG fan of Spazztet!" Zachary Brock's "playing blew me away!"
- Mark Ruffin, DJ WBEZ Chicago
"... irrepressible originality and tenacious soulfulness, lands Spazztet in the vanguard of jazz groups." "If this is an example of what's going on in Chicago, let the rest of the world take heed!"
- Amazon.Com reviews January 2000
Spazztet "generates.. innovative sounds." "... these guys are too creative to pigeonhole."
- Popcorn Music Review September 1998
"The torch has been passed to a younger generation."
- Bill Bruckner, program director WYMS Milwaukee
And this just in! A review of "Silent Films" from Cadence Magazine, August 2000, Vol. 26, No. 8:
"The group Spazztet is becoming a nice edition to the largely discredited Jazz-Rock field. They're an interesting quartet that often has guitar and violin dueling each other over intricate [rhythms and changes]. That can be a deadly dull recipe with some musicians but not with these guys. They always play with a lot of humanity whether it's Zachary Brock's wistful violin on "Quiet Time" or the tumbling interplay of "Coffee Achiever" and "Now I Know". "That" [is a wild tune] with wah-wah guitar from Aaron Weistrop bubbling over a locked rhythm groove before Brock explodes with furious fiddling in the manner of the late Don "Sugarcane" Harris..."