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Tin Fish Tango

 

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Zzaj Jazz "Right-on-time improvisation . . . what the "core" of jazz is all about!  High talent & subtle energy displayed on each & every note, with a low & funky groove that satisfies to the max!" - Dick Metcalf
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OffBeat Magazine "powerful melodic lines . . . expansive collective improvisations . . . the kind of powerful hook that pops insistently into your head for weeks. Tin Fish Tango is a novel creation that manages to remain undeniably New Orleans." - Zachary Young
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Sea Of Tranquility "some of the most unique jazz music I have heard in quite some time . . . the talent of these musicians show[s] just how daring they can be without sacrificing a good groove." - Jon Neudorf (5 stars)
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Pop Matters "Catchy melody . . . improvisations that could pass for carefully constructed compositions . . . a quality release. I recommend you get into Plunge before they cave and hire a drummer. " - John Garratt
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Something Else! "Plunge brings jazz back to its root core. The spare but filling sound puts you right in some intimate setting like a dive bar in the French Quarter where you might hear something like this being played, only here it's with better musicians." - S. Victor Aaron
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All About Jazz "Plunge's music has a funky, let-the-good-times-roll atmosphere, calling to mind the French Quarter and the street musicians in action there. Killer sounds from down 'Nawlin's way." - Dan McClenaghan
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NPR - All Things Considered  "Sort of chamber-music vibe, most notably on three tracks where the players collectively improvise. It's abstracted a bit from the dance floor, which is somewhat un-New Orleans, but it's also very New Orleans in its bones, in its genetic makeup and musicality." - Patrick Jarenwattananon
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BLOGS

 

The Sweet Sound

-- Story/Fan Review by Nelson Eubanks

 

Plunge: Inverted Pyramid Entrepreneurship

-- Article by James Price

 

Reviews of Plunge's 2nd album

Dancing on Thin Ice

 

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Cadence ". . . great spirit and adventuresome performances.  Well worth checking out. -Stuart Kremsky

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DownBeat Magazine

 

April 2010

 

"It takes a great deal of poise and confidence to make music this deft and new.  What a pleasure to have an innovative album one also wants to rush out and play for friends.” – Paul de Barros (4 stars)
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DownBeat Magazine

"HOT BOX"

April 2010

“Texturally daring, rhythmically dapper.”  -- Jim Macnie (3 stars)

“Tenor and trombone create a scrupulously pristine musical pastel, reminiscent of Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson, perhaps, but with a far more risky and adventurous agenda.” – John McDonough (3 stars).

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MuzikReviews "With Wynton Marsalis stumping the traditional New Orleans swing sound in a manner that could be described as nearly monomaniacal, it's good to hear some music coming out of the Big Easy that is in touch with what's happening today . . . music of the people, not dumbed down for the masses, but spoken with street eloquence."  --Tim Madison (5 stars)
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ArtsJournal

"Rifftides"

"Plunge is among the best post-Katrina jazz developments in New Orleans music . . . They generate moments reminiscent of music as various as the Jimmy Giuffre trio's folksiness, 1960s free experimentalism, and that long march to the cemetery uptown or out by the lake." -- Doug Ramsey, Rifftides
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AllMusic.com "There's a spare yet rich sound from this trio, more mischievous and daring -- The distinction of this progressive jazz trio is in their ability to play together without any grandstanding, as equals in a complete, whole partnership. Yes, it's cliché to suggest you take the plunge listening to this bold new music — but you should." --Michael G. Nastos
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The Louisiana Weekly

"Dancing on Thin Ice is brilliant in its completeness." --Geraldine Wyckoff

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IMPROVIJAZZATION Nation ""Plunge" has it's own unique sound that jazzers hungry for talent will dig to the 'nth degree!" --Dick Metcalf
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Where Y’at Magazine

"a musical blend of jazz mixed with a contemporary and euphoric sound. Beautifully put together." -- Kimberly Tubré
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All About Jazz "an urban blockbuster of power. The music is painterly in an abstract sort of way, wildly suggestive and always in motion . . . the pulse of the street . . . boasts a certain brazen attitude to the end. It's all the stronger because Plunge is out to prove that the cradle of jazz civilization is still swinging." -- Raul d'Gama Rose
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Hartford Courant "For those expecting typical New Orleans funky jazz, you'll be surprised by the many and varied directions this music goes in . . . this CD grows with each successive listen and is worth your attention."  --Richard Kamins
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News & Observer, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC "If the group could march unimpeded by the limited mobility of the acoustic bass, second-line revelers would surely follow." --Owen Cordle
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Blobcritics.org "Plunge is one of those trios operating with style and bravado beyond all expectations . . . a wonderfully courageous and risky jazz record. It is unsafe in the best of ways and features a group in full command of their art" --Jordan Richardson
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Midwest Record "the now sound of cool really doing it’s thing." --Chris Spector
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Phontas Jazz & Tzaz

"Ένα από τα πιο ωραία και ενδιαφέροντα τζαζ-

απροσάρμοστα CD, που ακούσαμε το τελευταίο

διάστημα . . . "  --Phontas

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OffBeat Magazine "exhilarating, post-bop fare suffuse with tight, interlocking melodies and cool, nimble grooves." --Aaron Lafont
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Reviews of Plunge's debut album

Falling with Grace

(now remastered at 24 bit.)

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MuzikReviews "a contemporary and untethered exploration of New Orleans rhythm in an experimental jazz setting . . . enlivened with shades of modern hip-hop and funk; and provides a low end that will give your subwoofer a workout . . . This music will get you tapping your toes and snapping your fingers, all the while putting you on the ship to Sun Ra's spaceways." --Tim Madison (5 stars!)
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NPR/PRI's Monitor Radio "the freshest album of it's type this year . . . a song book light years beyond the usual marches and dirges found in brass ensembles . . . masters of versatility, shifting gears easily between tonality and atonality, jazz and pop . . . this brassy band keeps the Duke's [Ellington] faith swingingly alive." --Norman Weinstein
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DownBeat Magazine "a remarkable debut . . .at once soulful and vivacious, a refreshing plummet into the deep end of the tonal spectrum Plunge delivers grooves as wide as a house, fat drones that rumble window panes and pulsing bass beats that simultaneously undergird tunes and drive them." --Dan Ouellette (4 stars)
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DownBeat - BLINDFOLD TEST

with Howard Johnson

"The tuba player's groove was really something.  Tuba players today are learning that to play tuba bass they don't have to sound like a string bass.  This guy definitely works the groove as a tuba thing."
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CMJ "Second-line polyphonics, atmospheric dirges, go-for-the-gonads funk and a tinge of mysticism fairly explode from the grooves.  Dynamic, ever-changing and richly resonant, Falling With Grace is an apt title for this quartet recording featuring four interdependent, indispensable musicians playing live, loud, often fast and always together." --Gene Kalbacher
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JAZZTIMES

"bottom-heavy but with plenty of open space." --

James Marcus

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JAZZ NEWS

"music that crosses the spectrum of jazz history and flies on to new territory . . . the musicianship in Plunge is top of the line, and the compositions and arrangements are kept interesting without becoming too abstract to be listenable." --Marge Hofacre

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JAZZIZ "monster rhythms via a behemoth configuration . . . Plunge dives headlong into the rare groove vortex.  Melodically eloquent and evenly balanced, Plunge imbues fresh dimensions into low-end articulation." --Sam Prestianni
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Something Else! Dancing On Thin Ice is light and nimble in furnishing uncommon grooves. This is a good one to pick up for a the kind of change-up that won't make your head hurt...and may even make your feet happy.
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MODERN DRUMMER "a wild assortment of gutbucket street funk and atmospheric slants . . . deeply absorbed influences from New Orleans, Africa, the Caribbean, Birdland - even the hip-hop nation." --Robin Tolleson
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WIRED "this trombone- and tuba-driven avant-jazz quartet can wail.  From funk to New Orleans jazz to pensive ballads . . . tracks so hot their grooves stick in your head hours later." --Peter L. Herb
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PULSE "testimony to the virtues of simplicity." --Martin Johnson
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Plunge

Falling With Grace: A Review

"an ensemble performance, not four soloists going at the music in the same room. You can hear and feel the interaction of the musicians as they work through the changes of each chart, each player feeding on the work of the others." --Chris Waage
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THE BOSTON PHOENIX "a gravity-defying bounciness, polyrhythmic and Third Worldish (and New Orleansish) - a kind of exotica that sounds like a modern, hipper version of Ultra Lounge . . . groove-ridden, upbeat, and brimming with off-the-cuff virtuosity." --Richard C. Walls
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ORLANDO SENTINEL "McGrain's 12 compositions deftly incorporate elements of New Orleans second-line jams, blues, funk, Caribbean and African music, free jazz, jazz-rock and hip-hop. fans of MMW's brand of groove-oriented but adventurous music are bound to dig this band as well." --Parry Gettelman
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OPTION "Finally, a marching band you can sit down to! " --D.H. Krasnow
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OMAHA WORLD-HERALD "blends jazz, funk, Caribbean and New Orleans gutbucket elements" --Will Smith
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SMUG

"Warning: there are no Led Zeppelin covers here.  But reinterpretation of another band's work can only take you so far.  Plunge is playing their own version of heavy metal now, and it's a hoot." --Marni Davis
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MAXIMUM INK

"funky Dixieland struts to subtle introspections . . . a jazz super-nova." --John Noyd
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Dirty Linen "an explosive quartet that's a cross between a downsized New Orleans brass band and an avant-garde jazz ensemble you'd find in Greenwich Village.  Catchy, hip-hop sounds wrapped in a deep, heavy groove." --Dan Willging
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BLUESWIRE "a carful listen reveals their thirst for creativity is greater than anyone who paraded on the [New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival] Fairgrounds this year." --Frank-John Hadley
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RAPPORT "Rough, pure, clean; these are all descriptions that come to mind about the CD as a whole.  Plunge has a garage band edge to it; a kind of disciplined bebop, humorous, chancy, yet all held together like super glue by the steady, unrelenting rhythm section." --L.M. (4 stars)
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Fan Review "MAN O' MAN was the music GOOD!!!  It made me tap the gas and brake pedals.  Romping! " --Donn Schaefer
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Billboard "notable for its propulsive, progressive approach and relentless rhythmic base."
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Record Label Memo "Every once in awhile a record will lay quietly in the shadows, building up momentum, preparing to pounce forward on an unsuspecting public. We've got a humble little record in just that situation..." --Michael Dunford, Rounder Records Group
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CMJ Chart read more . . .#15 - 14 weeks in the Top 20
   
 
 

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