All-star Aziza quartet brings rich jazz tapestry

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Thursday October 13, 2016

From City Pulse

Pals and palindromes
All-star Aziza quartet brings rich jazz tapestry to Wharton Center
By: Lawrence Cosentino

When rays of recombination zap the venerable genes of jazz tradition, fresh mutations vibrate into being.

Aziza, the newly minted jazz supergroup coming to the Wharton Center Oct. 20, throws veteran bassist Dave Holland in with three of the most creative musicians in the world: guitarist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Chris Potter and drummer Eric Harland.

The resulting sounds are lush and mesmerizing, often taking unexpected turns. Potter’s full-throated horn snakes through a dense landscape of plucks from Holland and Loueke, like an asphalt anaconda in a jungle crawling with life. Loueke’s restless, fertile guitar bursts into the light then slips back into the shadows, searching for new side tracks, setting much of the tone for Aziza’s music.

‘The wedding of the African guitar style with the American tradition has produced some amazing results in his playing,’ Holland said of Loueke.

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