Le Boeuf Brothers + JACK Quartet Collaborate On New Record, ‘imaginist,’
OUT NOW Via New Focus Recordings/Panoramic Recordings
“‘imaginist’ goes further than most such efforts to tackle the idea of ‘chamber-jazz’ without holding back on either side” – The New York Times
“”One of the most interesting aspects of this music, besides the folksy melodies, extroverted minimalist textures and tangled counterpoint, are those moments of freedom found within each arrangement—chaos under control—which lend a bit of breath and imagination to the otherwise refined and chamber-like ambiance, a tribute to both the improvising prowess of the string players and tasteful restraint of the ‘jazz’ players.” – The New York City Jazz Record
“It’s an artful approach that melds the innovative saxophone and piano playing twin brothers with the nine-piece chamber ensemble to create a melding of contemporary classical and jazz music” – NextBop
“Imaginist will hold your interest, the music serves both a dramatic and a compositional purpose.” – The Wire
Regarded as innovative composers of improvised music, the Le Boeuf Brothers are leading the field with groundbreaking new works on their upcoming album in collaboration with JACK Quartet. Based on the “Imaginist” poetry movement, they present an amalgamation of fresh improvisatory approaches with an informed compositional aesthetic branching from literature, jazz, and the “new music” community. Their fourth recording, imaginist, is slated for release October 14th via New Focus Recordings/Panoramic Recordings.
Interpreting the works of pianist Pascal Le Boeuf and saxophonist Remy Le Boeuf, the hybridized 9-piece chamber ensemble includes JACK Quartet, one of New York’s premier string quartets devoted to contemporary classical music, as well as a collection of longtime collaborators including Grammy-nominated tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel (Kneebody), alternating bassists Ben Street (John Scofield, Billy Hart) and Martin Nevin (Albert “Tootie” Heath), and alternating drummers Justin Brown (Ambrose Akinmusire, Thundercat) and Peter Kronreif (Thana Alexa).