We’re a Bay Area-based band of long-time musical compatriots. We play original music that nourishes both mind and heart; melodic modern jazz to be enjoyed by everyone, whether you’re an experienced jazz listener or you’re hearing jazz for the first time.
“FivePlay Jazz Quintet is a must for jazz lovers. Don’t miss it.” —Don Sechelski, The Muse’s Muse
“They are charting a fresh path in the land of jazz that will be sure to attract a following.”—O’s Place Jazz Magazine
“This is one of the best quintets I’ve listened to this year, and they get an unequivocal MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.97.”—Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation
For our third recording, we're delighted to be joined by some of the Bay Area's finest musicians: the Albatross Clarinet Quartet, trombonist Frank Phipps, vibraphonist Ted Wolff, and an outstanding trombone section.
The Girl You Look Right Past: (Tony) Sometimes a melodic fragment comes with a lyric attached. This one did, hence the title. The Mighty Trombone Section burnishes the proceedings.
Enology: (Laura) Dedicated to our son, Evan Klein-Corman, who's getting his degree in wine and viticulture. A modern take on "I Got Rhythm" changes, all swing buoyantly here!
What Bobby Said: (Tony) In memory of Bobby Paunetto, Latin composer, vibist, and one of my musical heroes. In 1975, one brief conversation with him saved my musical soul. Vibist Ted Wolff, a compatriot of Bobby at Berklee in the 1970s, contributes a passionate solo, and the dark sonorities of the Albatross Clarinet Quartet infuse the tune with a nocturnal quality.
Glow in the Dark: (Laura) This waltz begins in an introspective mood, but in the ending vamp the group joyously breaks free. Soprano sax pairs with vibes on the melody, and Alan's expressive brushwork is highlighted on his solo.
One Better: (Tony) Originally written as a break tune for the band, it grew. The shout section pits the Mighty Trombone Section against the tough-love combination of tenor-guitar. All are reconciled in the coda.
Rosa Rugosa: (Tony) This bossa nova is named for a simple variety of rose. The one we planted produced only a single flower, which for some reason struck me as rather romantic. Frank Phipps contributes a relaxed and lyrical solo on marching trombone, and the clarinets shine in Clare Fischer-inspired passages.
Stella Steps Out: (Laura) Written when our niece, Stella Maeve, was born (now she’s a full-grown professional actress). I start out with an exploratory intro, after which the band comes in and tears it up.
Glamorgan: (Dave) In memory of Dave’s mother, Brenda Tidball, who passed away in 2012. Glamorgan is Dave’s home county in Wales, a lush, green landscape frequently cloaked in rain. Laura's contemplative piano sets the tone, and honorary druid Paul Smith plays a deeply sonorous bass solo.
Abbott's Lagoon: (Laura) Named after a magical place in Point Reyes, California, inhabited by snowy plovers, bobcats, and rabbits, among others.
Making Spirits Rise: (Tony) What we hope our music does for our listeners!
-Tony Corman and Laura Klein, Berkeley, CA, 2013