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Kairos Moment

Artist: Kairos 4tet

Date of Release: 01/02/2010

Catalogue no: KAIROS00001

Label: Kairos Records

Price: £11

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

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V.C.

7.07

2

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Kairos Moment I

2.31

3

 

Unresolved

7.41

4

 

Russell's Resurgence

8.13

5

 

Kairos Moment II

2.49

6

 

Long Distance Lien

7.48

7

 

Prelude to Hymn For Her

1.30

8

 

Hymn For Her

10.32

9

 

Enough is Enough (Hotpocket)

3.48

10

 

The Hermit

6.41

11

 

Kairos Moment III

2.42

12

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Unresolved (Short Version)

4.47

 

 

 

 

"With their originality and creativity (not to mention chops), the future looks very bright for the Adam Waldman and the Kairos 4tet – one listen to Kairos Moment will tell you why." BBC Music, Patrick Johns

"Kairos 4Tet mixes group-sensitive and freewheeling jazz improv and memorable themes with an elan that's likely to put it on a lot of people's "rising UK stars" list this year ****." John Fordham, The Guardian

"****" Time Out

“One of the best releases of the year” Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM

"One of my favourite discoveries of 2009" Mike Flynn, Jazzwise

"Kairos Quartet are that most difficult of beasts to write snappily about: a no-frills, no-gimmicks, serious-minded band, playing original (Waldmann) compositions imbued solely with musicianly values" Chris Parker, (BBC, Vortex, Jazz Review)

"the band's verve is considerable, and they have enough faithful, enthusiastic admirers to fill the club- and deservedly so, because they're a class act" Chris Parker, (The Vortex, BBC, Jazz Review)

"Kairos 4tet mix lithe compositions with tight group interplay"
Jazzwise Magazine

"A luminous debut album from four young London musicians which, unexpectedly, affirms the eternal verities of acoustic jazz. Supple rhythms, strong melodies, inventive harmonies, flowing improvisation...it's all here and it bucks the trend"
AllAboutJazz.com

"Rippling beats and solid riffs are mixed with Waldmann’s intriguingly differentiating saxes—dreamy tenor; sharp, piercing soprano—and catchy, accessible tunes, delivered with a good degree of wit and guile."
Jazz.com

"There is no showing off I can discern here – it feels like four young men intend on the selfless exploration of what is special in the moment, and how best they can share it with the listening world. The Kairos moment, in other words."
Peter Bacon- The Jazz Breakfast

"The perfect mix of freshness, rigour and beauty."
Manchester Evening News

 

Reviews

 

29/01/2010 John Fordham, The Guardian

**** This young London four-piece was formed in 2008, principally to play its saxophonist Adam Waldmann's striking compositions, and it tours next month. The band sometimes reveals a skewed-romantic Django Bates/Loose Tubes connection that may come down through Waldmann's enthusiasm for former Tubes saxist Julian Arguelles, but they also touch on the ambiguities of Wayne Shorter, the catchy ostinato-led themes of Avishai Cohen, and the bright lyricism of Chick Corea – the latter particularly caught by excellent pianist Rob Barron. Singer Emilia Martensson unfurls the wistful theme of Unresolved (the only vocal), before Waldmann's arresting and sonorous sax enters to develop the song's melodic potential. Jasper Hoiby's powerful rising bass vamp, echoed by Barron's piano, catches the Cohen feel on Russell's Resurgence, and Waldmann's luxurious tenor sound and poised phrasing are both tradition-rooted and restlessly contemporary in the more loose-limbed episodes midway through. Kairos 4Tet mixes group-sensitive and freewheeling jazz improv and memorable themes with an elan that's likely to put it on a lot of people's "rising UK stars" list this year.

 

27/01/2010 Patrick Johns, BBC Music

Kairos Moment signals the arrival of a powerful new voice in British jazz, that of saxophonist Adam Waldmann. He and colleagues Jasper Høiby on bass, pianist Rob Barron and drummer Jon Scott comprise the Kairos 4tet, the ‘4’ presumably replacing the ‘quar’ in order to distinguish them from the celebrated contemporary German string ensemble the Kairos Quartett. Or the Washington-based string group the Kairos Quartet. Or the Californian world-jazz outfit the Kairos Quartet. You get the point.
Slightly unfortunate name aside, the quartet’s first album is extremely impressive. All the compositions are by Waldmann, a recent graduate of the Trinity College of Music’s jazz course, and provide an excellent vehicle for his confident improvisation. There is a big emphasis on grooves, often in unusual time signatures, recalling on more than one occasion those legends of modern British jazz, Perfect Houseplants, and, elsewhere, another of Waldmann’s influences, Avishai Cohen.
The 12 tracks cover a whole range of emotion, from the fiery upbeat grooves of Hymn for Her to the slowly energetic funk of Enough is Enough (Hotpocket). On the introspective Unresolved, the band is joined by singer Emilia Mårtensson, who also penned the lyrics. Unusually, this track is reprised at the end of the album in a shorter version, which is no bad thing as it is a real highlight. The quartet’s terrific interplay comes together on tracks like Russell’s Resurgence, with Waldmann’s soprano saxophone sometimes angular but always engaging.
Elsewhere, Waldmann’s Wayne Shorter-esque playing is backed intelligently and creatively by Barron’s versatile piano, ranging from subtle floating clouds to filthy grooves; and as ever, all complimented by the watertight engine room of the ceaselessly inventive Høiby and solid-as-a-rock Scott.
With their originality and creativity (not to mention chops), the future looks very bright for the Adam Waldman and the Kairos 4tet – one listen to Kairos Moment will tell you why.

 

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