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Jon Irabagon Quartet with Tim Hagans: Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics (Irabbagast)

When Jon Irabagon last convened his quartet with Luis Perdomo (piano), Yasushi Nakamura (bass), and Rudy Royston (drums), the music of the excellent Behind the Sky felt reflective, having been written while the saxophonist mourned the loss of family members and musical inspirations. This time around, the mood is noticeably lighter. The cover of Dr. Quixotic’s … Read More “Jon Irabagon Quartet with Tim Hagans: Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics (Irabbagast)”

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Jon Irabagon: Behind the Sky

There is no one in jazz like Jon Irabagon. He has mastered at least six reed instruments, and he plays them in so many styles you might think he suffers from dissociative identity disorder. In fact, all of his choices are deliberate. He is at home in left-of-center ensembles both intellectual (the Mary Halvorson Quintet) … Read More “Jon Irabagon: Behind the Sky”

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Jon Irabagon: It Takes All Kinds

Jon Irabagon’s previous recordings as a leader (Foxy, Unhinged) and his sideman work (Mary Halvorson, Dave Douglas, Mostly Other People Do the Killing) have started a buzz. No other current saxophonist encompasses his mix of explosive energy, stylistic diversity, lethal chops and radical ideas. It Takes All Kinds is a trio album recorded live at … Read More “Jon Irabagon: It Takes All Kinds”

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