John Clark (French Horn) and Michael Rabinowitz (Bassoon) will be recording as leaders of a new quintet playing original compositions and jazz arrangements of Mozart Concertos #3 and #4.
A 30-day KICKSTARTER fundraising campaign for the recording began on 23 October 2013.
The new group is aptly named since the two instruments are truly an “odd couple” to front a jazz group. Clark and Rabinowitz are arguably the leading jazz players of these difficult instruments, and Clark comments: “We weren’t thrown out of our traditional roles (in the orchestra) the way Oscar and Felix were ignominiously thrown out of their homes. We boldly set out on this perilous journey and we defy critics to call our instruments odd!!”
Members of the OCQ are: John Clark (French Horn), a jazz and freelance musician in New York City, who has performed and/or recorded with Gil Evans, McCoy Tyner, the Mingus Orchestra, the Heath Brothers, Jaco Pastorius, among many others; Michael Rabinowitz (Bassoon) who has worked with artists such as Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Elvis Costello and is a founding member of the Charles Mingus Orchestra; Freddie Bryant (Guitar), who has collaborated with musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds such as Salif Keita, Badal Roy, Tom Harrell, Sheila Jordan, Randy Brecker, the Indian sitarist Shubhendra Rao, and traditional groups in Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E; Mark Egan (Bass) who is one of the most respected and in-demand electric bassists today, has recorded with Sting, Roger Daltry, Marianne Faithful, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, among many many others; and Abe Fogle(Drums), who is currently working with Rob Thomas of ‘Matchbox Twenty,’ and has also toured and/or performed with Kenny Garrett, George Coleman, Kool and the Gang, D’Angelo, Kelis, to name just a few.
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST/S will be announced after funding is complete.
If you would like to help fund this project, please link to Kickstarter at:
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Be sure to visit the websites of the musicians of The Odd Couple Quintet, and please forward this to any friends who may be interested, thanks!
Michael Rabinowitz, Bassoon (http://www.jazzbassoonist.com)
Freddie Bryant, Guitar (http://www.freddiebryant.com)
Mark Egan, Bass (http://www.markegan.com)
Abe Fogle, Drums (http://fandalism.com/abefogle/CJr)