"...pleasing sonic inventiveness and inspired improvisations"
Monarch Magazine, a publication "for connoisseurs seeking the very best that life has to offer," wrote about Earprint for its Winter 2016 issue. Check out the full text below:
A young quartet with new ideas and the chops to realize them, Earprint's debut CD draws as much from Ornette Coleman as it does from rock, hip-hop, swing, and minimalism. The chordless group, which formed while the players were students at New England Conservatory, features saxophonist Kevin Sun, trumpeter Tree Palmedo, bassist Simón Willson, and drummer Dor Herskovits. While Sun is the primary composer, all the members make at least one contribution to the recording's eleven original tracks. The group calls their approach "aggressively melodic" and "shamelessly youthful." It's certainly fresh, full of pleasing sonic inventiveness and inspired improvisations.
"...it is all somewhat esoteric and tongue in cheek."
Jazz Journal in the UK wrote a bit about Earprint for its January 2017 issue. Full review below:
Earprint (2 stars)
By Derek Ansell (Jazz Journal, January 2017)
This pianoless quartet seem to be offering a 21st take on the Ornette Coleman method of free jazz with slightly different instrumentation. Palmedo seems to have a very good rapport with Sun, mostly on tenor sax, although he does play clarinet on two compositions. All the tracks have free-flowing, improvised lines with strong, almost equal importance given to the bass and drums. Palmedo also uses an ocean drum on one track. With tracks like The Holy Quiet and The Golden Girder Strikes Again, it is all somewhat esoteric and tongue in cheek. All the musicians merge well together on each selection and there is an attractive, spontaneous feel to most pieces. Good fun, if you like this sort of thing.
Earprint review by George Harris (Jazz Weekly)
The word ectomorphic means thin and spider-like, while endomorphic is a bit bulkier. The team of Tree Palmendo/tp, Kevin Sun/ts-cl, Simon Willson/b and Dor Herskovits/dr somehow try to bridge the two worlds with their chordless quartet. Most of the songs have an almost Morse Code-like collection of dots and dashes, with “Nonsense,” The Golden Girder Strikes Again” and “Anthem” seeming composed with a pin point. Some of the pieces give Sun’s warm tenor and Palmedo’s rich trumpet a chance to shine, as during the West Coast cool and spacious “Sic Nine” and the spaciously fluid “Clock Gears.” Herskovits gets restless underneath on “The Holy Quiet” and gives a nice Crescent City romp for the happy tenor on “School Days.” Concise and kinetic.
"...a diversely contemporary amalgamation of leftfield New York jazz, progressive bop, abstract classical and post-rock minimalism" (editor's note: yes, we're all that)
We receive three stars in the February 2017 issue of Jazzwise Magazine over in the UK. Perhaps this bodes well for future Earprint excursions across the pond.
Donovan Burtan, host of the podcast The Incoverables in Montreal, interviewed Kevin about the release of Earprint in advance of their show at Cafe Resonance on January 21, 2017. Listen to the full interview below: