Magic Numbers (2006)
Quinsin Nachoff – tenor and soprano sax, compositions
Mark Helias – bass
Jim Black – drums
Nathalie Bonin – violin I
Noémi Racine Gaudreault – violin II
Jean René – viola
Julie Trudeau – cello
Nachoff established his boundary-crossing artistic persona with this groundbreaking set of compositions for string quartet let by Natalie Bonin and jazz trio featuring Mark Helias on bass and drummer Jim Black. Encompassing a wide range in dynamics and atmospheres, the music moves from melancholy and introspective to vibrant and aggressive, but is always exhilarating and imaginative.
"...one of the most innovative chamber jazz recordings in recent years."
"Quinsin Nachoff may be a relative unknown, but Magic Numbers should change all that."
"...amazed by ambitious ideas and writing."
Bruce Lee Gallanter
Downtown Music Gallery
"But at all points on the album, Nachoff's ability to write engagingly and insightfully for strings is jaw-droppingly impressive, and his overall achievement on this album is equally so."
All Music Guide
"...a distinctive sound that can't yet be categorized. quite sophisticated inspired technique."
"...one of Canada's leading saxophone innovators..."
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