Jim Ryan's Forward Energy
|Listen to: The Opening from The Awakening
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|"High-energy, imaginative, limber, full of surprises. Vast and thorny. Provocative and challenging. Never predictable or dull. Far out, in the best way. Worth hearing again, and again." -Pamela Espeland, Bebopified
"Cognizant of more than the Free Jazz tradition, the Forward Energy five tweak the concept enough to prove that unbridled improvising remains a viable musical option."
-Ken Waxman, Jazzword
"Polytonal in scope, the quintet embeds ever-so-slight modern mainstream elements into a largely zestful session, spanning free-zone type introspective outlooks with hard and fast dialogues."
- Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
"...sounds fully improvisational, with lots of sudden variations in the energy and volume level. Stays way out."
- KZSU 90.1 fm
"Mostly, there’s an attention to creating cohesive pieces. “Talk Talk” includes a chirpy dialogue between the saxes, over nothing but a brisk walking bassline — a nice span, and it sounds great when the rest of the band jumps in at once."
- Memory Select