(Eric Wagoner, visual artist)
Obsessions Octet’s fourth offering
Well into their second decade, the experiment known as Obsessions Octet shows serious staying power, proving that melding a string quartet to a jazz quartet was an inspired idea.
Obsession Octet recently released their fourth offering, Reverence on Bent River. Chief composer-arranger and reedman Kent Sangster delivers some of the jazziest tunes, but his opening Reverence and the Latin-infused Circling Back are true classical-jazz fusions, with the strings dutifully marking changes and ornamenting melodies, opening things up for Sangster’s expressive saxophones. (…)
(Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada