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J.Q. Whitcomb & Five Below create visual art from progressive jazz on new album
(Published: June 24, 2014)

Its title is no exaggeration: Tales of Enchantment bewitches at every quirky turn, its various parts locking together as a collective powerhouse. It's an album that is always awake, percolating with a creative restlessness that keeps the rhythm flowing like an active bloodstream.

The latest effort from J.Q. Whitcomb & Five Below, Tales of Enchantment delivers sun-fried soundtracks for the mind; if music can be transformed into a visual medium, this is what it would resemble.

Featuring trumpeter Whitcomb, trombonist Andy Hunter, bassist Dan Loomis, guitarist Greg Ruggiero, and drummer Donald Edwards, the band delivers one adventurous performance after another, each track a unique balance of melody and mood.

The skin-tight chemistry between Whitcomb and his group of top-flight musicians is quickly apparent, especially on "Arda Chan." Whitcomb's sprightly trumpet weaves through a network of dazzling instrumentation, especially Loomis' pulsating bass and Edwards' punchy drumming. The energetic track builds speed as it continues to roll forward, never losing focus or momentum.

Perhaps the biggest curveball on Tales of Enchantment is an unexpected cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence." The New Wave classic is stripped of its synthesized majesty. Oddly enough, it remains recognizable despite the radical jazz makeover as Whitcomb and Hunter carry the song's main hook with trumpet and trombone.

That Whitcomb would even consider Depeche Mode, icons with the alternative set, for a jazz album is further evidence of his courage to challenge stylistic boundaries. To Whitcomb, there are none; the possibilities of music are as wide as the open spaces of his beloved New Mexico.

More Information: http://jqwhitcomb.com

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