KATE GENTILE

Avant-Garde Jazz / 21st Century Modern • United States
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Originally from Buffalo, drummer and composer Kate Gentile has played and recorded with a panoply of renowned musicians since moving to NYC in 2011. Kate has worked with Anthony Braxton, Dustin Carlson, Kris Davis, Marty Ehrlich, Michael Formanek, Matt Mitchell, Helado Negro, Ted Reichman, Chris Speed, Anna Webber, and John Zorn.

In addition to working as a sideman and collaborator, Kate leads bands exploring her own music, which has been described as "...hyper-detailed...designed to spur multi-faceted improvisation". Kate leads bands with Kim Cass, Adam Hopkins, Matt Mitchell, Hank Roberts, Chris Speed, and Jeremy Viner, which play her compositions often exploring complex rhythmic and harmonic material. Her record Mannequins (Skirl 037, June 2017) has garnered much critical acclaim from both music journalists and heavyweight musicians.

Other key projects Kate is a part of are Snark Horse, in which she co-leads and shares compositional duties with pianist Matt Mitchell; Matt Mitchell's sextet Phalanx Ambassadors,
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KATE GENTILE Mannequins album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Mannequins
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017

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21st Century Modern 2012

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KATE GENTILE Mannequins

Album · 2017 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Kate Gentile is New York-based drummer who already played with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn and more important - Tony Malaby,Kris Davis,Matt Mitchell and Chris Speed, among others. "Mannequins" is her surprisingly mature studio debut leading a quartet playing her compositions.

Tim Berne's pianist Matt Mitchell is probably best known of quartet members (he's doubles on Prophet 6 synthesizer and electronics here).Two other members are acoustic bassist Adam Hopkins and tenor/clarinetist Jeremy Viner.

Being a classic jazz quartet by line-up, Gentle's band plays far not so classic jazz though. Complex,mostly groove-less and swing-less songs by their aesthetics fit well somewhere between contemporary classical music and (non-jazz) avant-garde, that's improvisation and soloing what gives this music the right to be classified as "jazz".

Comparing with other modern days recording of similar genre (starting from some Tim Berne works to "New York new avant-garde jazz" to same Matt Mitchell solo works), Gentle's music sounds cooler,better controlled and more ... calculated. Fortunately, there are lot of internal emotions in playing and cold surface always hides internal tension and energy.

Surprisingly enough, "Mannequins" sound quite similar to post-rock - just played by very technical jazz musicians converting genre's simplicity to modern jazz complexity but leaving post-rock "static" atmosphere and rational calculated sound.

Excellent album for everyone with open ears and interested in most current creative jazz.

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