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East Side

East Side is the name of a group of four unique jazz musicians from Minneapolis. Reynold Philipsek (guitar), Clint Hoover (chromatic harmonica), Matt Senjem (acoustic bass) and Michael Bissonnette (percussion) joined forces in the fall of 2008 to forge their own brand of improvisational music. East Side is also the name of the debut CD they released in 2009, which melds the diverse influences of Piazzolla and Miles through Ravel and Jobim; where the melodic wistfulness of Europe and South America meet the pulse of truly American jazz.

The CD contains six original compositions, all by Reynold and all of them written with the chromatic harmonica in mind as the lead melodic instrument. They recorded the CD live in studio, all of the musicians in one room to preserve the spontaneity, freshness and musical interplay so essential to jazz. This is a record that really captures the improvisational moment of a great session.

This stellar quartet has created a CD that travels many musical roads, where tango rhythms thrive with bebop and blues. With the brilliant writing and guitar playing of Reynold Philipsek, the virtuoso chromatic harmonica of Clint Hoover, Matt Senjem’s solid, intuitive bass and the percussion expertise of Michael Bissonnette, East Side is a musical journey worth taking.

...East Side, though the album's far from a simple homage or retro '60s session, thanks to the co-star role of jazz and blues chromatic harmonica wizard Clint Hoover, a TC treasure. With Hoover on board, it's like having Toots Thielemans take over a Prestige or Riverside Records session, complete with detours to South America and Europe, very tasty indeed.
Tom Surowicz, Minneapolis Star Tribune

...East Side, is a departure, blending hints of Piazzolla and Miles Davis with originals, improvisation and the distinctive sounds of Clint Hoover's chromatic harmonica.
MinnPost.com, Arts Arena Blog
...this is one of the best jazz harmonica CDs ever recorded, not to mention one of the best chromatic harmonica records I’ve ever heard, and if you have the slightest interest in either jazz or chromatic harmonica, you need to stop reading this review right now and go buy the CD.
Richard Hunter, Author, Jazz Harp
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