Jon Hemmersam/Dom Minasi | The Jon Hemmersam/Dom Minasi Quartet

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The Jon Hemmersam/Dom Minasi Quartet

by Jon Hemmersam/Dom Minasi

A Two Guitar Jazz Quartet, playing original music with an 'inside-out' approach. A true fusion of American and European Jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. Sprint
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2. Conclusions
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3. Inside Out
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4. Woman
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5. Nathalia's Waltz
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6. Birth
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7. September
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8. Sound-check
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9. Gentle
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10. Latino Mio
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“…it's one of the best things you've ever heard”. Music For America

"Fantastic jazz that gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating from us"!
Rotcod Zzaj -Improvijazzation

"For adventurous jazz guitar fans this is one of finest double guitar discs ever captured". Bruce Gallanter: The Downtown Music Gallery

“You can not go away without being impressed with this CD”.
Scott Heller Aural Innovations

“…this set can be unreservedly recommended”.
Robert S. Calder Pop Matters

"It’s one of the finest dual-guitar convergences in quite some time, and not to be overlooked." Glenn Astarita All About Jazz

“I think this CD is absolutely incredible” Andrea Briceno World Fusion Radio
“…a disc that you just won’t be able to pigeonhole…pleasing surprise…”
George W. Harris Jazz Weekly.com

“…a healthy balance of improvisational and traditionally melodic compositions to appeal to both ends of the jazz spectrum.” Koop 917 Fm Austin Texas
“…these two are great musicians: inventive, playful, conversational players of both electric and acoustic guitars”.
Doug Spencer Australian National Public Radio


"... Minasi and Hemmersam are champions and should be commended." Michael G. Nastos - All Music Guide

… the balance between free improvisation and writing, and the ability to take it out to the razor’s edge, gives The Jon Hemmersam-Dom Minasi Quartet the ability to free itself from the cliché of guitar duos”.
Vincenzo Roggero All About Jazz Italy

“Two blazing progressive jazz guitarists in contrapuntal fits of euphoria!”
Dick Crockett The Voice 88.7 Sacramento CA.


"The Jon Hemmersam/Dom Minasi Quartet is a challenging jazz record, pushing some unconventional flavors and spices at the straight-ahead jazz fan, yet also beckoning the free-jazz purist to sample from more traditional fare. Regardless of your preference, everything here is tastefully done. "
Brian S. Lunde Jazz Review.com


"...this is a very accomplished, individual CD. It is well worth exploring if you're into guitar Jazz with a twist."
Nate Dorward Cadence


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John Book, Music For America

One of the best things you'll ever hear. Ever.
Jon Hemmersam and Dom Minasi are guitarists with very different backgrounds, Minasi with roots in New York and Hemmersam in Denmark. When they met in 1994, both of them admit to being blown away by each other's capabilities, and formed a friendship that continues to the present day. After some back and forth discussions, it was agreed that one day they would unite and create a project together. The end result is one hell of an album credited to The Jon Hemmersam/Dom Minasi Quartet (CDM), featuring Ken Filliano on double bass and Kresten Osgood on drums.

A lot of people tend to think that when you have two musicians who play the same instrument, uniting for a session, it's nothing but an ego-fest, only being done for the sake of competitive stroking. That is definitely not the case here, although one can't help but think there was a little bit of happy competitiveness not to outdo the other, but to test each other's limits to see how far they could pull off the music. Both Hemmersam and Minasi play with the same fluidity as a Pat Martino but also will not hesitate to branch off into their own abstract worlds in the vein of late 60's/early 70's Larry Coryell or John McLaughlin. "Conclusions" has both of them talking to each other in some six-string morse code as Filliano and Osgood talk to each other in their own time signature, all of them trying to come up with their own conclusions before finding a way out of the same room together. It can sound very scattered, but what makes this work is hearing them and knowing they're eventually going to get to the same place at the same time at some point in the song. With the next song they both take their significant other for a walk in the park with the smoothed out "Inside Out", which oddly enough is anything but.

What you have hear is that edginess of a lot of New York-based artists, and an abrasiveness that can often be found in a lot of European jazz, one that is very different from the American brand. Yet it's jazz, one that is both traditional and free when they want to be, and these guys are very capable of going all out in the free department. When they want to surf their inner ambitions, it's all about heavy tube action and reaching for the lip knowing it's the goal but constantly moving away from it so that reaching the goal becomes more satisfying than the goal itself.. When they relax and contemplate life, love, and sound, it's one of the best things you've ever heard.