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Atlantis Quartet: Animal Progress

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Atlantis Quartet

Twin Cities modern jazz renegades shift nimbly from a punk-jazz aesthetic to ECM-ish sensitivity on their intriguing sophomore release. Alto saxophonist Brandon Wozniak joins guitarist Zacc Harris on the frontline. Both strong improvisers are supported by the flexible rhythm tandem of upright bassist Chris Bates and drummer Pete Hennig on material that ranges from grungy and audacious (“Verge,” “Eastern Horizon,” “Bottles ‘N’ Cans”) to lyrical and evocative (“Look Out Your Window,” “Albatross”), freeboppish (“Meltdown,” “Red Headphones”), meditative (“Ballad for Ray”) and swinging (“Radio Games”). Startlingly original stuff

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