Syntopia Quartet / Mars
Album: Mars   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Syntopia Quartet   Added:Jun 2006
Label:Nemu Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-07-30 Pull Date: 2006-10-01 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Oct 1 Sep 10 Aug 27 Aug 13 Aug 6
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Recent Airplay
1. Aug 05, 2023: Music Casserole
Newton Basin
4. Sep 29, 2006: Memory Select
Elysium Planitia
2. Jul 31, 2007: Alban Stands There
Chryse Planitia
5. Sep 08, 2006: Memory Select: Dewey Redman, RIP
Tempe Terra
3. Oct 13, 2006: Music to Wear a Beard To
Elysium Planitia
6. Aug 25, 2006: Memory Select
Goodbye Earth

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-07-30
Chamber quartet playing a kind of cool Euro jazz. Led by violin and clarinet, plus bass and drums, and occasional other noises. Tracks are often upbeat but include exploratory phases that can turn down the volume significantly (also, be ready for long slow intros). Really nice stuff; recommended for anyone who likes the artsy Euro stuff from Leo Records.

On a totally irrelevent note, it's surprising to find out this is our only catalogued album with the title "Mars." I mean, I wouldn't expect it to be the most popular title or anything ... but the *only* one?! Surprising.

1- Nicely digging pulse, upbeat, with breaks for different rhythms. Slow start.
2- Slow. Ominous swirls
3- Perky chamber feel, mid/fast. Gets lopingly swingy later, w/nice clarinet solo
4- Catchy Euro-folk theme, upbeat with a touch of sadness
5- Slowish wandering with what might be didjeridoo.
6- Quirky mid/fast jazzy stuff. Long, really quiet intro; also a lengthy sparse middle that includes a nice unaccompanied clarinet solo
7- Bouncy and fast, a breezy kind of classical. Later, weird sounds from the bass clarinet.
8- Fairly fast classical doodlings. Serious, with some agile group work
9- Snaky, swampy sounds that build into an avant-hoedown! and some fast soloing beyond that

Track Listing
1. Goodbye Earth   5. Valles Marineris
2. Chryse Planitia   6. Olympus Mons
3. Tempe Terra   7. Newton Basin
4. Elysium Planitia   8. Chasma Boreale
  9. Back To Earth