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THOMSON, K.: Thaw / Perpetual (K. Thomson, Jack Quartet)

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Ken Thomson


Jack Quartet


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Total Time - 45:18
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1 underlying 06:21
2 Bad idea 04:18
3 Don Pullen says it's OK 04:42


4 Concrete 06:58
5 Dig 06:44
6 Hole 05:20
7 Thaw 10:55
 Ken Thomson Soloist

When Brooklyn-based clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Ken Thomson prepared to sit down and write the music for THAW, his Cantaloupe Music debut, he literally needed to "thaw out" by leaving town. "One of the hardest things to do in New York City is compose," he writes in the CD’s liner notes. "In the winter of 2011, I decided at the last minute to find a cabin in New York state, hole myself up there, and start writing. I spent days writing music, watching the snow and ice fall around me. I didn’t complete the quartet there, but the impetus behind all the movements started then."

What he ended up with was a four-part suite that melts, liquifies, re-freezes and realigns the composer’s demands on the traditional string quartet, making THAW (which pairs the title composition with "Perpetual," for string quartet and bass clarinet) a project that only the famed JACK Quartet could tackle. Known for their ability to lend a palpable sense of electricity to the most complex pieces by such composers as Iannis Xenakis and Georg Friedrich Haas, the four members of JACK have built up a mind-meld of instinctive communication over the years, drawing the attention of everyone from Derek Bermel to Vijay Iyer to John Zorn and more.

Although this is Thomson’s debut album as a composer for Cantaloupe Music, he has released as a leader with his composed/jazz project Slow/Fast, and has released five recordings worldwide with his collaborative punk/jazz band Gutbucket. His relationship with JACK Quartet began on a tour with Ensemble Signal in early 2010, when they performed the music of Helmut Lachenmann. THAW is the first full-length album recorded by JACK Quartet to focus solely on the music of a single living composer.


                         Repertoire **                Sound ****             Interpretation ***

Ernst Hoffmann - Ensemble magazine (Germany) - April/May 2014

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