The Antfarm Quartet - a u d i o / l i s t e n
Dialogues, pt. 2 (on the Dreambox Media label) is available through this website as well as thesse sites:
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Listen to tracks (MP3s)
1. the days of wine and roses <listen>
2. centerpiece <listen>
3. sun on my hands <listen>
4. let me call you sweetheart <listen>
5. dialogues, pt.2 <listen>
6. and I love her <listen>
7. put on a happy face <listen>
8. I didn't know what time it was <listen>
9. tetragon <listen>
10. gentle rain <listen>
11. girl from ipanema <listen>
12. how insensitive <listen>
•••From Women's Journal August, 2007
As published in the nationally syndicated Women's Journal, written by Buster Maxwell, this is a wonderful feature about The Antfarm Quartet's new cd Dialogues, pt.2.
"How do you create a great jazz album? You could start with some standards, inject a few inspired and unexpected choices, add a couple of perfectly lovely originals, dress them all up in inventive and supremely tasteful arrangements, and produce every track with clarity, subtlety and style. And oh, yes - somehow, somewhere, in a cold, unforgiving, digital recording studio, you must perform, on cue, with so much naked openheartedness that your songs all magically reveal an entirely other, much deeper level of artistry. That indefinable quality - feel, groove, soul - is what is mostly missing in modern midi-machine-made MP3’s.
Jazz musicians pride themselves on their ability to attain this magic mojo, and a prime prerequisite is to closely listen to your fellow players, so that the form of the song can be transcended with spontaneous human interaction. The truth is that rarely in even professional jazz ensemble playing is a confident collective vision summoned up so solidly that the performance is elevated to the legendary Grooveland. However, on this new release by The Antfarm Quartet, there is a rare kind of communication, both inner and outer, on display. An...attunement. No small wonder that the CD is entitled Dialogues...." (the rest of the story on the reviews/articles page)
•••From The Philadelphia City Paper (citypaper.net) Jan. 10, 2008
The Unsung Singer The Antfarm Quartet doesn't pander to its vocal minority.
by Shaun Brady
In jazz, the second a singer enters the picture, the picture itself tends to change. Landscape becomes portrait, with the vocalist front and center, the instrumentalists a supporting blur in the background.
The New Jersey-based Antfarm Quartet runs wholly counter to that concept. If jazz music and vocal jazz can be looked at as completely different genres — and for the most part, they are — then Antfarm falls squarely into the former category, despite the fact that most of their repertoire consists of vocal tunes.... (the rest of the story on the reviews/articles page)
•••From The Atlantic City Press Nov. 1, 2007 Story by Rebecca Grites
The Somers Point Jazz Society's Winter Series keeps on putting out the coolest and most enjoyable names in local - and national - jazz music. This week, get down and dirty with some ants. Well, not really the insects, but the Antfarm Quartet. They will be playing Mac's Restaurant in Somers Point on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. Tim Lekan, acoustic bassist for Antfarm, spoke about the group's musical diversity and understanding as well as what kind of show southern New Jersey jazz lovers can expect. "People can expect to see and hear a group of musicians (who) listen to and communicate with each other," Lekan says. "They'll see the band members smiling a lot because we love making music together...." (the rest of the story on the reviews/articles page)
•••From Cape May Star Wave October 18th, 2007 By Bruce Jeffries-Fox
Masters of the Jazz Art: The Antfarm Quartet
The great jazz players in South Jersey are not so different from you and I in one respect: They have to pay the rent. To do so they typically have to play three out of every four chords for rent money, leaving only one chord for themselves....In light of this situation it is a wonder and a delight that the Antfarm Quartet, have found a way to stay focused and evolve their beautiful art....The group has been together for several years, and while there was a change in personnel about five years back, the line-up has remained steady ever since. Jim Ridl holds down the keyboard seat, while Tim Lekan plays bass, Bob Shomo handles the drums and Paul Jost contributes vocals and harmonica.... (the rest of the story on the reviews/articles page)
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