Quinsin Nachoff's Flux


David Binney - alto sax
Quinsin Nachoff - tenor sax, compositions
Matt Mitchell - piano, fender rhodes, organ, wurlitzer, moog synth
Kenny Wollesen - drums, percussion

"a world that spans jazz and pop inflection to create something at once familiar and 'wondrous strange'"'" (Wholenote Magazine)

Ottawa Citizen critic Peter Hum described Flux's debut concert at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival’s Winterlude as “a pure, bracing, thought-provoking music…cliché-and convention-free” and “advanced and viscerally hard-hitting original music”.

This bass-less ensemble draws on sounds and influences from the 1970's filtered through a 21st century lens. Improvisation, composition and orchestration all play integral roles in the structured evolution of each piece. Jazz, Rock, Pop and Contemporary Classical genres are blended into a cohesive and unique sound.


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Press

★★★★
"...an intensity and modernity, a brashness and in-your-face confidence of delivery"
Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz
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"...breathtakingly inventive as group members and as individual players."
Donald Elfman, New York City Jazz Record
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"[Nachoff]'s playing was a revelation. Parsing shimmers of Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and Mark Turner, he constructed an amalgam of classical counterpoint and rugged expressionistic improv..."
Michael Jackson, DownBeat
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★★★★
"The quartet's self-command is engaged in a battle with each individual player's sense of freedom, making for that agitation that marks all great music."
Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz
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"...the juxtaposition of the comparatively deliberate 'Astral Echo Poem' and the whirling maelstrom that is the concluding "Tilted' demonstrates the combo's thrillingly wide range."
Michael Roberts, Jazziz
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Critic's Pick
"Marked by an impenetrable unity, 'Flux' overflows with great resourcefulness, becoming a distinct echo of modernity and inspiration."
JazzTrail
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★★★★
"The initial perplexity of listening gives way to curiosity, fascination and endorsement."
David Cristol, Jazz Magazine (France)
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★★★★
"...the quartet projects a cunning musical personality as large and small surprises trickle through the seams on a recurring basis..."
Glenn Astarita, AllAboutJazz
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Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
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"...a memorable evening. The thought provoking concert with its fervent delivery echoed in listeners' memory long after the evening concluded."
Hrayr Attarian, AllAboutJazz
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Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
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"...alive with subtle underpinnings and a sometimes jarring surface, all of it brilliantly executed, interpreted and extended by his current quartet of prominent New Yorkers."
Stuart Broomer, theWholeNote
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Greek Review
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"The overall feel is strong forward movement: rhythmic variety and always with sensitivity to the composition and each other."
Keith Black, Winnipeg Free Press
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Ken Waxman, theWholeNote
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"avant-avuncular"
Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine
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