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Expressionism

by The Slow Club Quartet

An integrative funky-rocky jazz reinvention. Hendrix, the Stones, Tom Waits, and Elliott Smith, to name a few, have been given this ensemble’s own expressionistic stamp.
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1. Gimme Shelter
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2. Between the Bars
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3. Sunday and Sister Jones
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4. Both Sides Now
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5. The End of a Love Affair
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6. A Soldier's Things
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7. If Six Was Nine
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8. In My Life
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9. Servitude
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10. Bavar Kon
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11. Sleepwalk
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The New Jazz Expressionist Movement


Currently playing on:
Beauty Radio, Tampa
Luxuria Music Radio, Los Angeles
Sky Jazz Radio
Swiss Groove
Wildman STeve Radio
KLAS FM, The Gentleman of Jazz, with James Janisse, Los Angeles
Rhythm & Jazz Radio, San Antonio




After the release of their all-original first CD, Angela Carole Brown's The Slow Club, this unique jazz quartet, now known as The Slow Club Quartet, established a kind of Expressionist Jazz Movement. Now, with EXPRESSIONISM, named for this specific turn in their artistic development, the SCQ has covered the songs of their favorite songwriters.

But true to a movement known for its "eruption of irrational and chaotic forces from beneath the surface of a mechanized world," The SCQ has forsaken the typical "standards" CD that jazz artists are usually known for, and instead has created a cross-genre experience, which dips neither into fusion nor smooth jazz, but something altogether otherly. Jimi Hendrix, Tom Waits, and Elliott Smith, to name a few, have been given The Slow Club Quartet's uniquely expressionistic stamp.

The Slow Club Quartet are:
Angela Carole Brown - vocals
Ed Czach - piano
Don Kasper - bass
Craig Pilo - drums


And with an amazing line-up of guest artists:
Roman Dudok - saxophone
Dave Scott - trumpet
Ira Nepus - trombone
Bill Esparza - flute
Brian Brock - percussion
Brandon Brigham - backing vocals
Brian Brigham - backing vocals
Jason Martinez - backing vocals




On the Beginnings of The Slow Club Quartet:

Singer/songwriter Angela Carole Brown wrote the title track, The Slow Club, before she'd ever been aware that there actually was a Slow Club in Paris. She had been under the impression that she was writing fiction. When a chance encounter revealed the remarkable phenomenon to her, that this place of her invention really did exist, she promptly boarded a plane and went to this place of her haunting, and discovered every detail that she speaks of in the song before her very eyes, from the winding staircase that takes one down into it, to the smoky blue ambience that invited secret rendezvous on the stairs. And as the song bids, Angela promptly ordered a sloe gin, indulged in a slow dance, grinned from ear to ecstatic ear at the wonders of her life, and couldn't help entertaining delirious notions that she might very well have been that Slow Club chanteuse in another lifetime, simply recalling pockets of memory from a long-dormant nether-plane.

That composition was only the beginning. A whole slew of songs poured out of Angela shortly following that phenomenon in an era of her life when she first began discovering the mesmerizing world of jazz, and uncovering the dense and challenging harmonic environment that is jazz, and which sounded great and weird and dissonant and exciting to her. She'd sit there and analyze what each chord, phrase, and cadence meant, and then break just as many rules as she'd learned, employing very early on the principles of the rebellious expressionist movement:

Expressionism: "extreme reaction against realism or naturalism, presenting a world distorted under the influence of intense personal moods, ideas, and emotions: image and language thus expressing feeling and imagination rather than representing external reality. A common agenda of expressionism is with the eruption of irrational and chaotic forces from beneath the surface of a mechanized modern world."

By her own admission, Angela was a wide-eyed yearling, stumbling, tripping, getting back up, inviting this new horizon that was filled with delicious discoveries, and slowly but surely getting her sea legs as a composer.

Next she needed musicians to make these songs come alive. After years of different incarnations and a period of musical hibernation, enter Ed Czach, Don Kasper, and Craig Pilo, all friends she had known over the years from being gigging L.A. musicians, and a remarkable trio of players whose widely differing musical personalities came to blend perfectly with each other and Angela's voice, to create their unique sound.

The Slow Club Quartet formed in 2003, to showcase the writing of Angela Carole Brown and, eventually, the arranging talents of Ed Czach, Don Kasper, and Craig Pilo.

They released The Slow Club in December of 2004, on Rue de la Harpe Records. It was released under Angela Carole Brown's name, but shortly thereafter, inspired by the title track and the mystic allure of its Parisian namesake, the musicians on the recording became known as The Slow Club Quartet.

And they were promptly invited to perform at the legendary Playboy Jazz Festival.

The Slow Club Quartet creates a music with a sort of dual personality that seems to be, at once, moody and irascible AND playful and lighthearted (this even extends to their versions of covers). It is the total reflection of the ecstasy of the new kids on the block, though they are hardly children. A euphoria fully backed and sponsored by the spooky allure of their first CD's title track, which was the beginning of it all, the catalyst for a jazz adventure, and the wonders that art simply begets.



The Slow Club Quartet has performed live at:
The Playboy Jazz Festival 2006
"Jazz Under the Stars" Catalina Island Summer Jazz Series
The Brand Library of Arts and Letters
And in clubs throughout Los Angeles

The Slow Club Quartet has been heard on:
Paris Live Radio with Don Foster
Chicago’s 90.9 WDCB
Tee-m’s “Unsigned Music Show”
WPMD’S “ROCK 50” with Mike Stark
Cybro Radio
Lagniappe Jazz
“The Upper Room with Joe Kelley,”
WVOF, Connecticut
Blossom's Vocal Jazz - Live 365, Florida
Attention Span Radio
Summertime Jazz Radio with Dennis Profant

The Slow Club Quartet has been reviewed by:
Douglas Norstrom for Hifi & Muzik Magazine, Sweden
John Stevenson for ejazznews, England
Karl Stober for Jazztrenzz and Jazzreview.com
Leonard Herring, Jr. of Clarion Jazz
Maurice Edwards for Evolution of Media
LeRoy Downs, The Jazz Cat
Steven Ivory, music and art journalist




Also please check out Angela's novel, TRADING FOURS, a story of four L.A. musicians whose lives collide in a single day. Available in most online bookstores.


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Pieps

totaly amazing
I think the title of my review says it all . Okay there is a lot of good music , but this CD combines it all : good songs , very gifted musicians , a personal and sincere interpretation ... and it is not stuffed up with all kind of smart sh*t ... there is so much space in every song that you whistle or dream another 5 , 6 melodies over it . One of the most enjoyable CD's I've heard so far this year ... YUMMIE :-)

Jim King

Highly recommended-
...I kept waiting for the "fill" that seems to find it's way onto many artists offerings, there is none, here. A very strong collection of diverse but cohesive compositions- some classics(In My Life- gorgeous arrangement by Ed Czach), a delicious, spicy vocal performance from Angela on "The End of a Love Affair", and my favorite "Sleepwalk", a "beat" kinda thing penned by Brown.... really cool, uniquely amuzing in a dead serious fashion. I love it. The usual Craig Pilo (excellent)production(and arrangements such as "In Your Eyes"), L.A.'s best musicians(Don Kasper), and Angela's chops & style make this CD for any collection, no matter what your tastes may be.

Sharon Snyder

Outstanding music and beats
This is a must buy for any fan of music. The sound of Angela's voice and the backround vocal plus the beats of the intruments..Go out and get this one now..

Gerrett

Very, very nice...
A very well put together collection of tunes, maturely played by outstanding musicians. Ed Czach plays beautifully and Craig Pilo is his usual first-call self (check out "If 6 was 9" to experience Craig's exceptional drumming AND producing talents). Angela Carole Brown again proves herself a unique voice (literally) in the jazz world - think a smoother Tina Turner and you'll get the idea. The mellow burn of the trio (reminiscent of the late 60's-early 70's Blue Note vibe) coupled with Angela's obvious engagement with these songs makes for a recording that speaks directly to the discerning lover of truly crafted music. I could go on with more specifics, but you're better served to just enjoy it for yourself....

Robert Kyle

Lovely & inspiring!
A beautiful collection of standards from the Rock, Folk & Jazz worlds, like you\'ve never heard them before. These stellar musicians wrap themselves around these songs and turn them inside out in a most beautiful way. And Angela\'s lovely voice is right there at the center of it all...doing what it does so well...expressing...