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The Laurence Hobgood Trio with string quartet ETHEL
"Two impressive things stand out: how enormous his arrangements make the string quartet sound, and how fluidly these seven musicians blend together." - Giovanni Russonello, New York Times
"Hobgood's orchestration definitely brings a classical element to the project, while the trio's shining interactions represent the very idea that jazz improvisation is less about what's being played and more about how it's being played."
- Matt Micucci, Jazziz Magazine
"✩✩✩✩✩" - BBC Music Magazine (May 24, 2019)
"Hobgood has produced here an exceptional debut album for the ever-burgeoning Ubuntu Music label, which augurs very well indeed both for the pianist and the record company." - Roger Farby, All About Jazz
"Laurence Hobgood's new album is grounded in a deep and rich musicality that rewards frequent and multiple listenings like nothing I've heard in decades. It is at different times surprising, thought-provoking, nuanced, and always exquisite . . . tesseterra should be on every station and streaming services playlists for years to come." - Daniel J. Levitin, Author, "This Is Your Brain On Music"
"Laurence Hobgood's new album is grounded in a deep and rich musicality that rewards frequent and multiple listenings like nothing I've heard in decades. It is at different times surprising, thought-provoking, nuanced, and always exquisite. What do Debussy, Ravel, Miles Davis and Johnny Cash have in common' They were all superb crafters of melody, harmony and rhythm who decided, as Hobgood does here, to explore texture-driven music, elevating timbre and orchestration to equal standing with their better known musical accomplices. Hobgood is continually pulling rabbits out of hats, getting me to rethink and re-feel songs I've heard thousands of times, shining a light on hidden structure and interplays I had never noticed before. Anyone who can sneak in a few bars of "I've Found a New Baby" has got me hooked. From meter shifts to harmonic innovation and textural elegance, tesseterra should be on every station and streaming services playlists for years to come."
Laurence Hobgood's 't e s s e t e r r a' makes KCRW: 'Rhythm Planet - May Melomania'
This week, Rhythm Planet whips up our usual recipe – a mix of new and older releases across a range of musical styles. The playlist begins with I love pianist Laurence Hobgood, whom I first heard with Kurt Elling's group. Abetted by a string quartet, we hear his treatment of Glen Campbell's beautiful song "Wichita Lineman." t e s s e t e r r a is Laurence Hobgood's program of st...
Alexander, Hobgood and Mason make this week's KCRW: Rhythm Planet Playlist
Rhythm Planet showcases mostly new releases in our playlist this week, together with some rediscoveries and remembrances along the way. On the jazz front, we hear the music of saxophonists Eric Alexander, Wayne Shorter (by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), and Brent Jensen; plus pianists Tim Ray, Joey Alexander's "Inner Urge", and Laurence Hobgood's lovely string-quartet version of Glen Campbell...
Hobgood, Hahn, Getz, Kidjo, Bailey, Schiff and Labeque,Dessner, make Ted Gioia's 100 Best Recordings of 2019
Here are Ted Gioia's picks for the 100 best albums of 2019 (all styles, all genres) + another 100 'HONORABLE MENTION' albums of merit from 2019 worthy of your attention. Happy listening! Laurence Hobgood Tesseterra Popular Songs Reimagined for Jazz Trio and String Quartet Antón García Abri...
Laurence Hobgood's 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' makes Pisa's Punto Radio - animajazz
In the episode n ° 882 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , aired TUESDAY 3rd September at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also in streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in immediate podcast is Laurence Hobgood's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" from his new album 't e s s e t e r r a.' We remind you that "ANIMAJAZZ" can be heard TUESDAY at 8.30 pm in an imm...
Laurence Hobgood's 'Suite Judy Blue Eyes' makes 96.1KTRU San Antonio - The Line-Up / NEXTBOP
I was live in the studio and felt like making some long sets. Something just seemed to lend itself to that feel this week and I feel it worked. That and there was plenty of newness - the Mehldau, the Hobgood, the Moutin - that I stumbled onto in addition to the newness I already knew I wanted to play. It all just gelled into a fun hour. Hobgood's new album is great and I'm running with that, and then I f...
Listening to Laurence Hobgood's 'Tesseterra' is an immersive experience / JazzTimes
Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman," first recorded by country singer Glen Campbell in 1968, has gradually become a bona fide jazz standard. Its melody and chord changes are among the most beautiful in music of any genre, and in the most skilled hands-think Cassandra Wilson's 2002 version or the one in 2013 from John Hollenbeck's big band-it constitutes art at its most devastating. Now comes pianist Laurence ...
Laurence Hobgood: tesseterra is solitude captured with spirit and conviction / Financial Times
The gripping preludes that introduce the seven evergreen songs on this piano trio and string quartet set fade to a simmer when the tune kicks in. "Wichita Lineman", the album's lead track, captures solitude with bleakly voiced strings before supporting the melody with a gently rocking pulse. A clearly stated "All of You" arrives after an upbeat chase between trio and strings and the chirpy theme of The B...
'Jazz with strings' is a phrase that sometimes invokes a heart-sink feeling. Happily Laurence Hobgood's tesseterra is not one of those occasions / All About Jazz
Laurence Hobgood has released a half dozen records under his own name but many more for vocalist Kurt Elling with whom he's been musical director, co-producer and accompanist for over twenty years. During that time Elling was a nominee for his three Blue Note releases and both Hobgood and Elling were named 1995 Chicagoans of the year in the Arts by the Chicago Tribune. Hobgood is a true virtuoso who ...
Laurence Hobgood's 't e s s e t e r r a' is grounded in a deep and rich musicality / BroadwayWorld
Grammy-winner and world-renowned pianist/composer/arranger Laurence Hobgood will release his new album t e s s e t e r r a on April 26th, 2019. His first since 2015's trio record with John Patitucci and Kendrick Scott, Honor Thy Fathers, this new album consists of seven standards, re-imagined for jazz trio and string quartet, and features innovative arrangements of iconic songs by Cole Porter, Sting,...
Laurence Hobgood unveils a daring new project at Green Mill / Chicago Tribune
For two decades, pianist Laurence Hobgood was best known as accompanist and primary arranger for singer Kurt Elling. When the two abruptly parted company in 2013, one wondered how Hobgood would go about forging a musical identity of his own. Singers, after all, stand front and center and, by definition, bask in the spotlight. But how do those who toil just outside it make themselves heard and seen? H...