James Falzone: clarinet/leader
Jason Adasciewicz: vibraphone
Jason Roebke: bass
Tim Daisy: drums
Founded in 2006 by James, KLANG is a highly regarded jazz-leaning quartet that has been featured on National Public Radio, performed at The 2009 Chicago Jazz Festival, and toured extensively in the US.
(individual album reviews at recording links)
"The band plays music that's controlled on the the surface and wriggling inside: tight, cruising arrangements of thoughtful and stylish music, with vibraphone shimmers and Mr. Falzone's handsome tone over bass and drums that rumble freely, without fixed rhythm, but that never make a big deal out of it. The band is having everything at once, of course: structure and freedom, tunes and the open imagination." Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
"Although the instrumental make-up of the unit recalls the swing era clarinet and vibraphone combos popularized by Goodman and Lionel Hampton, Falzone’s four-piece actually belongs to an innovative clarinet-centric continuum that includes the introspective musings of Jimmy Giuffre and the avant-garde innovations of John Carter. Drawing on years of experience playing together, Falzone and Adasiewicz are a finely tuned front line. The leader’s serpentine phrasing boasts a dark, woody tone that courts dramatic dissonance without abandoning conventional harmony; his plangent lyricism is further underscored by Adasiewicz’s kaleidoscopic palette, which ranges from luminescent shadings to metallic shards. Roebke and Daisy provide able support, executing quicksilver shifts in mood with a combination of responsive timing, rhythmic versatility and timbral finesse." Troy Collins, Point of Departure