Doug Simpson writes:
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Joshua Kwassman has a few stories to tell. On his eight-track, hour-long debut, Songs of the Brother Spirit, the 20-something artist musically recounts a disastrous bike trip with a friend and idol; the childhood nostalgia of growing up in New England; the loss of a teacher and mentor; the optimistic outlook of becoming an uncle; and the realization of parental mortality. All of these autobiographical anecdotes psychologically and emotionally flicker through Kwassman’s instrumentals, and carry a meaningful foundation to his memorable all-original material.
Robert Bush writes:
Young composer/multi-instrumentalist Joshua Kwassman migrated into town from his NYC base on June 12, drawing a small but enthusiastic group of listeners to experience the wide-ranging and cinematic sound collages that constitute his Songs of the Brother Spirit CD.
San Diego Reader
George W. Harris writes:
Here’s some music from a guy that sounds like he’s going places. Joshua Kwassman plays woodwinds and leads a rotating format of a band that includes wordless voice (Arielle Feinman), guitar (Jeff Miles/Gilad Hekselman), piano (Angelo Di Loreto/Adam Kromelow), bass (Craig Akin) and drums-percussion (Rodrigo Recabarren).
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Richard Kamins writes:
Joshua Kwassman is a native of Newington, CT, a graduate of the New School in New York City and an impressive young composer (24 years old). He and his group are coming to The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street in Middletown this Saturday (March 16) to celebrate the release of his debut recording, "Songs of the Brother Spirit" (Truth Revolution Records). The CD, recorded in May and August of 2011, will surprise many jazz fans...
S. Victor Aaron writes:
An ambitious project for a first timer, multi-reedist, composer and bandleader Joshua Kwassman made Songs Of The Brother Spirit from a set of intricately scored music based on some reflections on his young life, to thoughts about mortality to facing tragedy head-on. In these eight, often extended pieces, Kwassman’s subjugates his own role as an instrumentalist...
Brett Black of CriticalJazz.com writes:
In the overly crowded field of wind players, Kwassman emerges with a release that digs deep. An conceptualized personal account of the loss of innocence and the passage of time. Songs of the Brother Spirit features guitar phenom Gilad Hekselman and wordless pristine vocals of Arielle Feinman. Intimate yet open ended and at times cinematic and thoughtful. A contemporary excursion with influences that range from Ravel to Vince Mendoza....
Something Else Reviews
New Release: HEARTWORK
The new Brother Spirit album, an 8-part opus about human struggle, conflict, and self-betterment. Expansive, cinematic pieces twist and turn through emotional worlds to tell a story of conflict and resolution. Available now on SquarEast Records.