HEARTS & MINDS
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Hearts & Minds: Jason Stein- bass clarinet, Paul Giallorenzo- synthesizer/electric piano, Chad Taylor- drums.
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Called a “singularly original unit gleefully trapezing between sound and swing”, Hearts & Minds combines brash fluidity, raw lyricism, and emphatic grooves.
Following Rosaly’s relocation to Amsterdam shortly thereafter, Stein and Giallorenzo began working with ex-Chicagoan drummer Chad Taylor and since then, have played multiple shows throughout the US and are planning to release their second album for Astral Spirits in September of 2018.
Downbeat - “4.5 stars. Agreeable without being compromising, the album is tuneful enough to appeal to fans of mainstream jazz and adventurous enough for disciples of creative music. That’s a total victory.”
Free Jazz Blog - “4.5 stars. Paul Giallorenzo’s keyboards propel this no-wave gem (Stocky) into a bizarre plane where it’s catchy, jerky riff could jump-start a whole new genre. Seriously, this brilliant, bizarre, brief little track is potentially monumental. Don’t let this moment pass…The band draws from a wealth of diverse sources and the combination of these elements is perfectly balanced. Highly recommended.”
The New York Times Playlist - “…covers a lot of sonic territory in twelve minutes, dropping you right into the developing frenzy; don’t miss the funk groove that bubbles up after about the ten minute mark.”
Something Else - “Unfailingly engaging and playful, Hearts and Minds exemplifies the best qualities of adventurous Chicago jazz.”
Chicago Reader - “…Drawing inspiration from the astral explorations of vintage Sun Ra but relocating them here in gritty Chicago.”
All About Jazz - “4 stars. When the Chicago trio of Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo, and Frank Rosaly, known as Hearts and Minds plays music, Sun Ra smiles from somewhere interplanetary.”
New York City Jazz Record - “This self-titled record presents nine closely knitted and grubby pieces gliding between headstrong melanges and jaunty, latter-day Sun Ra grooviness.”