The Quartet brings a looseness and freedom to the jazz quartet setting. Made up of improvising musicians that are well aware of contemporary trends but which are thoroughly grounded in jazz tradition, the group plays jazz standards with an ease and polish that few groups attain. The leader is Kim Richmond, a saxophonist stylist based in the bebop genre, with influences ranging from Charlie Mariano and Phil Woods to Cannonball Adderly. The pianist is Jon Mayer, who formed his style in the New York jazz scene and can stretch on up-tunes and ballads like no one else. The young bassist is David Hughes, originally from Sweden, who shows an uncommon talent for American jazz for someone new to the scene. The swinging and adventurous drummer is Kendall Kay, a veteran of the Los Angeles jazz scene, and originally from Durban, South Africa.
Vocalist Janis Mann demonstrates control and a relaxing improvisational style based on the work of many of our most outstanding jazz singers. She is pure joy to hear!
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