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OZONE QUARTET

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


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Their lineup consists of violin, Chapman stick, guitar and drums. The Stick and violin combination gives this band a very different texture than most prog instrumental groups. The instrumental parts and improvisation are intricate and tastefully performed. This band plays an agressive, powerful and energetic hot-fusion made of frenesy and developing in tense rhythms and crescendos evoking KING CRIMSON ("Red" period). Halfway between MAHAVISHNU, KING CRIMSON or UK.

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Live at Local 506Live at Local 506
Flat Five Records, Inc. 2003
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Fresh BloodFresh Blood
Import
Flat Five Records 1998
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NocturneNocturne
Flat Five Records 2001
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3.09 | 4 ratings
Fresh Blood
1997
3.93 | 8 ratings
Nocturne
1999

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Live at Local 506
2003

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3.33 | 3 ratings
Cloud Nineology
2005

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 Live at Local 506 by OZONE QUARTET album cover Live, 2003
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Live at Local 506
Ozone Quartet Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Ozone Quartet reformed last year after a three year hiatus and one of their first tasks was to release this recording which was made at one of their last gigs in 2000. Ozone Quartet are a prog rock/jazz fusion act with an unusual line-up from North Carolina. On drums is Fran Dyer who can sometimes find himself on his own when providing stability, as Wayne Leechford plays Chapman Stick, which he can use a melody instrument in its' own right. Jeremy Shaw provides the rock muscle with electric guitar while Hollis Brown fights off all comers to take centre stage on electric violin.

This is a band that played many gigs together, as well as recording two albums, and they are all aware of what each person is doing onstage. Some of the interplay particularly between Hollis and Jeremy is quite breathtaking, while the others prove that they are no slouches either. This is music that is played and lived at pace, with each one willing to go up front or stay just behind as the mood and style demands. It is music that is intense and deserves to have a lot of attention paid to it ? this is not music that can be played in the background. This is jazz with balls that can be threatening when it is needed, or full of fusion and smoothness so that progheads will enjoy this as much as the jazz buff.

Originally appeared in Feedback #78, April 2004

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 Live at Local 506 by OZONE QUARTET album cover Live, 2003
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Live at Local 506
Ozone Quartet Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Squire Jaco

4 stars This North Carolina-based fusion group consisted of excellent musicians on every instrument: bassist Wayne Leechford on chapman stick, Francis Dyer on drums, Hollis Brown on electric violin, and Jeremy Shaw on guitar. (No vocals.)

Similar to (but not quite as Crimson-esque as) Boud Deun, Ozone Quartet hit a home run with their debut album "Fresh Blood", then followed it right up with their other fine studio album "Nocturne". And while that album showed some maturing and progress in their playing and composition skills, "Live at Local 506" is your best value from this fine group.

Recorded during their tour following "Nocturne", "Live.." consisted of 5 songs each from both studio albums, and you can really see how the group had become even tighter and more polished. It's amazing how they could rip through these complex songs live on stage!

Great production and nice balance between the instruments contribute to the excellent playing of some very energetic compositions. My only gripe is that the songs, though good, can tend to sound a bit similar after awhile; I personally could have used more slower- paced songs and perhaps some different instrumentation here and there.

Unfortunately, I think the group has disbanded, so good luck picking these cd's up. Their website may still sell all of their cd's.

If you're into instrumental prog fusion, you should seek them out.

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 Fresh Blood  by OZONE QUARTET album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.09 | 4 ratings

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Fresh Blood
Ozone Quartet Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by progmonster
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3 stars Not unlike their mates Boud Deun, Ozone Quartet is evolving into an uncommon quartet, with drums, guitar, violin and bass. The fact that the bass heared on this album is actually a Chapman Stick gives a hint on the more avant garde approach that Ozone Quartet wants to take. Nonetheless, while Boud Deun clearly leans toward jazz with its stylisticaly complex guitar playing, Ozone Quartet is obviously still more concerned by rock, and it rocks hard to say the least ! So, listening to "Fresh Blood" brings back to mind bandnames like Cynic (hopefully without its boring heavy metal singing), the Sean Malone's project, Gordian Knot, or Laundry, the fabulous project of ex-Primus drummer, Tim Alexander. And it's a bit of everything mentionned here that you can find on Ozone Quartet's debut ; an ambitious instrumental rock piece of work, focused on the art of contrasts, textures and ambiances. Well, they do not succeed at creating a world of their own, with the obvious influences and heavy load shadow of acts like King Crimson, ending with an album wich is pleasant to listen to but without any strong personnality. But it will surely find receptive ears amongst those who appreciate spanish Dificil Equilibrio or french Philharmonie, even if the latest are mostly acoustic.

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 Nocturne by OZONE QUARTET album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.93 | 8 ratings

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Nocturne
Ozone Quartet Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Steve Hegede
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4 stars "Nocturne" is the second album by North Carolina's OZONE QUARTET. The band's instrumental music features atmospheric, and playful, interplay between Chapman Stick, violin, and guitar. These guys tend to be compared to BOUD DEUN quite alot, but the music here never gets that complex. The strongest influence seems to be Tony Levin-era KING CRIMSON, if you can imagine that they also had a violin player at the time.

Yet OZONE QUARTET's guitarist doesn't seem influenced by Robert FRIPP. One noticeable difference on this album compared to the first album is the inclusion of vintage-sounding keyboards on some of the tracks. These include Moog-like bubbling, and Hammond B3 chords. Nothing dramatically different, but fans of the first album will take notice. Some of my favorite tracks include "Backbone Of Night" which features Middle-Eastern percussion, and scales. And "Diamond Eye" which has a section featuring some quick flurries of notes from the Chapman Stick.

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 Nocturne by OZONE QUARTET album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.93 | 8 ratings

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Nocturne
Ozone Quartet Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Greger
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4 stars The American band OZONE QUARTET released their first CD, "Fresh Blood", in 1997. This is the second album from this quite unusual band that is playing unusual music on unusual instruments. The set-up consists of Chapman Stick, Drums and many different percussion instruments, Electric Violin and Guitars. Hollis Brown are playing the Electric Violin, and he's perhaps the most important musician in the band, as the violin is the main lead instrument most of the time. OZONE QUARTET's music is an all-instrumental mix between funky jazz-fusion and progressive rock, with reminiscent to APOCALYTICA, BOUD DEUN, DIXIE DREGS, FLESHQUARTET, KING CRIMSON, KROUMATA, LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT and MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA. Although there's a lot of time changes and odd-time signatures, the music is quite easy-listened considering the complexity. The highlights are "Flood", "Backbone Of Night" and "Diamond Eye" which contains a wonderful show-off on the Chapman Stick. This is a very exciting CD to explore and you won't get tired when listening to it. Recommended!

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