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The Brooklyn EP by East West Quintet

In a vivid welcome to the second album of the East West Quintet, The Brooklyn EP collides from the last interplay with a boppish effort from Mike Cassedy, Dylan Heany, Simon Kafka, Benjamin Cambell and Jordan Perison in New York. The CD art and design work is a suberb creation from Benjamin Campbell.

The quintet interprets some bright touches with their own compositions. They display a fine communication giving the pieces a swinging scope and a rich palette. Having performed together before in many occasions, the quintet’s intuitive communication is evident from the opening moments of the orchestrated melodies energetically executed throughout every track.

"Over The Falls" opens with an immediate reed affluence retelling the introduction. When "The Summit" breaks with familiar note motifs, Heany takes the theme and builds it into something more expansive. "The Missing Piece," showcases an inspired Kafka.

The quintet cleverly intertwines instruments, creating all kinds of colour, all the while enhancing the emotions rooted in every piece. While "Brooklyn" ends the release on a big note, the East West Quintet manages to maintain the musical quietness of the album.

The band breathes fire and passion into this well-conceived project. The musicians definitely communicate with sharp chops, euphonic vision and defection. The Brooklyn EP marks a new point in their worthwhile style.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: East West Quintet
  • CD Title: The Brooklyn EP
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Independent Release
  • Tracks: Over the Falls, The Summit, The Missing Piece, Our Day, Brooklyn
  • Musicians: Mike Cassedy (piano), Dylan Heany (saxophone), Simon Kafka (guitar), Benjamin Cambell (bass), Jordan Perison (drums)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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