What The Press Is Saying About The Four Plus One Ensemble
CD: Four Plus One Ensemble Intuition Records (1999)
There's as much chamber music (whatever that means) as jazz (whatever that means) here,
and some very strong compositions and playing. Horvitz plays acoustic and electric piano on
this CD, often feeding his playing into Tucker Martine's box of tricks. Eyvind Kang and
Julian Priester play superbly throughout, with Priester's solo on "Cotton Club" a highlight.
It's rewarding to listen to what's going on behind the soloist-beneath Priester's "Cotton
Club" solo, there's a contrastingly delicate violin and keyboard commentary.
John Whitten, Earshot Jazz
Between the bucolic pianism of Take Me Home and the closing Electro-folk stew of
Calder/Snake Eyes, 4 + 1 Ensemble covers a lot of ground. There's very little grandstanding
amid the attentiveness and considered contextualisation. Horvitz evinces a very individual
appreciation of rhythm, particularly the ability to govern dynamic tension via its manipulation.
Tim Owen, The Wire (UK)
CD: From A Window Avant Records (2001)
... another one, filled with space and light, though refracted in ways that only composer Wayne
Horvitz could accomplish. His angular chords require a dedicated ear ... but the payoff is tremendous.
Ned Wharton, Weekend Edition
From A Window is a stellar follow up to the 1998 Intuition Records release 4 plus 1 Ensemble. Horvitz is
a master of painting serene soundscapes where taken from a distance they appear placid. A closer
look (listen) and the scene gets interesting. 4 + 1 assembles musicians to do just such subversive
work. The violin sensation Eyvind Kang complements avant trombone master Julian Priester as Reggie
Watts, Tucker Martine, and Horvitz add electronic splashes and tones into a intricate mix of
sometimes meditative, sometimes attention diverting music.
Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
They float like both a bubble and an underlying, viscous liquid. They cut a grooving dance
rug thatís part down-tempo, part soul, and partly just beyond category.
Andrew Bartlett, Earshot Jazz