The Flail is a quintet composed of post-music-school cats in their early 30s who rip up the joint... A touch experimental, a bit cacophonous, The Flail artfully lives up to its name.
--- Karl Stark of Philadelphia Inquirer
â€œWhat a magnificent discovery! What good there is, in my job as a critic, is that sometimes, far too rarely, one discovers a group like The Flail... Their jazz is consonant, inventive, and never falls into easy effects or sounds unpleasing to the ear.â€
-- Michel Bedin of Jazz Hot
â€œThe Flail is a terrific young quintet that...takes the current language of modern jazz and gives it a very personal twist that\'s full of energy and humor, telling stories along the way...â€
-- Budd Kopman of AllAboutJazz.com
The Flail is a New York City-based jazz quintet. The members met while attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and quickly became friends. From its inception in 2001, the Flail has focused on developing a group sound; as such, there has never been a \'leader\' of the band - every member has an equal voice, musically and otherwise. This attitude is woven through all aspects of their music.
The Flail\'s repertoire is mainly comprised of original compositions written by all the members of the band. Some of these compositions were inspired by direct experiences the band has gone through together. Others were written with the personalities and musical sound of the members in mind. Some were written as a challenge. Rather than thinking in terms of genres and styles, or of even \'old\' and \'new\', The Flail strives to tell their story through music.
The Flail has performed at some of the biggest and most prestigious venues and events in the world. Over the course of four tours in France they have played more than fifty concerts to packed houses in Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Renne, Ardeche, and Marseille; highlights include Jazz a Vienne (2002, 2004) and the Marseille Festival du Jazz des Cinq Continents (2002, 2005). Their latest tour (2007) brought them to Madrid, Spain, for the first time. In New York City they perform at such places as Smalls Jazz Club, Fat Cat and Sweet Rhythm, and on tours of the East Coast they frequent Blues Alley (Washington, DC), An Die Musik (Baltimore) and Chrisâ€™ Jazz CafÃ© (Philadelphia).
This newest self-titled album, recorded live at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC in November 2007, is their third release, after â€œNever Fearâ€ (2006, KNT Records), recorded at the famed Acousti Studio in Paris, and â€œLive in Franceâ€ (2002, self-released), taken from one particularly lively concert in Grenoble.
â€œIâ€™d pay good money to see these guys play.â€ -- Jazz legend Kenny Barron
â€œThe best young group Iâ€™ve heard in years. A real BAND.â€
--- Jazz legend Junior Mance