Quartet
Jonathan Moritz - tenor and soprano saxophones
Steve Swell - trombone
Sean Ali - contrabass
Carlo Costa - percussion

Live at Muchmore’s, July 8th, 2013 (excerpt). Photo: Gili Getz

Saxophonist Jonathan Moritz was born in Tehran, Iran. At an early age he moved to California, and since 2000 he’s been living in Brooklyn, NY. He is active in the city’s musical scene both as a leader of the trio Secret Tempo, with bassist Shayna Dulberger and drummer/percussionist Mike Pride (Hot Cup Records), as well as a sideman or collaborator in a variety of groups including  The UP (w/ Ben Gerstein, Eivind Opsvik and John McLellan), Evil Eye (w/ Nate Wooley, Ken Filiano and Mike Pride.), Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys (w/ Jon Irabagon, Alexis Marcelo, Peter Bitenc) and Trio Caveat (w/ James Ilgenfritz and Chris Welcome).http://jonathanmoritz.comshapeimage_3_link_0
Originally from Dayton, Ohio bassist Sean Ali has  been living in New York City since 2003. Here he participates in the city´s avant-garde and experimental music scene. He currently performs in a diverse group of ensembles, including Fester with David Grollman (percussion), LathanFlin&Ali with Lathan Hardy (sax) and Flin Van Hemmen (drums), Natura Morta with Carlo Costa (drums) and Frantz Loriot (viola), Hag with Brad Henkel (trumpet) and David Grollman (percussion), PascAli with Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), the folk band Household Tales, the Mudbath Orchestra (a large ensemble), and occasionally performs solo.http://seanali.com/shapeimage_5_link_0
A native of Newark, New Jersey trombonist Steve Swell has been part of New York City’s music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists in a wide variety of contexts, including projects lead by Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, William Parker, Joey Baron and Tim Berne. Steve has released over 40 recordings as a leader or co-leader and is featured on more than 100 recordings as a sideman. At the moment Steve is working on a new quartet with Dave Burrell (piano), William Parker (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums).http://www.steveswell.comshapeimage_6_link_0
Press
The Carlo Costa Quartet released its debut recoding ‘Sediment’ on November 29th, 2014. Here is a link to find out about the album and order CDs or digital downloads directly from Neither/Nor Recordshttp://www.neithernorrecords.com/neithernorrecords/Sediment.htmlshapeimage_10_link_0
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“Costa is a musician with a very distinct musical vision, one that creates organic textures that grow almost naturally, quietly and intensely. (...) The music builds on the AMM and Edie Prévost stylistic legacy but then with a somewhat stronger attack and higher density, yet even then the music is more about the joint creation of sonic universes than on melody or rhythm, and the quality of the four musicians really makes it happen. And a lot happens, quite in contrast to the minimalism that you might expect from many of today's avant-garde music. The quartet is nervously active and agitated, yet that does not translate into speed or an avalanche of notes, quite to the contrary, the sounds are measured and well-paced, carefully positioned and placed to create this feeling of restless evolution, not radical, without step-changes, but gradually, naturally, created out of their own existence. The quality of the leader's vision becomes clear when you know what Swell and Moritz sound like or are mostly known for. **** 1/2” (‘Sediment’ review Stef Gijssels, Free Jazz Blog, December 10th, 2014)http://www.freejazzblog.org/2014/12/carlo-costa-quartet-sediment.htmlhttp://www.freejazzblog.org/2014/12/carlo-costa-quartet-sediment.htmlshapeimage_12_link_0shapeimage_12_link_1
“The inaugural release on Costa’s own Neither/Nor imprint, Sediment is the group’s debut on disc and features six group improvisations that, like sculptor Richard Serra’s iconic verb list (1967-68), follow titles imbued with action: “Wither”, “Pulverize”, “Thaw”, “Bloat”, “Soak” and “Moulder”. There are no solos in the program, rather deep listening and subtle torques of sound and environment, which, despite raw abstraction, retain lyricism and pulse. Moritz plays puffs of metallic air with fluted electricity, often echoing a drier John Butcher, blending with Ali’s prepared bass against the spindly, fluttering songs of Swell’s brass. Costa’s sharp attack on drum kit, woodblocks, lamella and bells cuts through the entire process, poised and rumbling to give Sediment forward motion.” (‘Sediment’ Review by Clifford Allen, New York City Jazz Record, November 1st, 2014)http://nycjazzrecord.com/shapeimage_13_link_0
“This was music with a heartbeat. Not one obtusely enforced by the drummer, but rather an irregular one with a vital pulse that revolved around and through the communal musical organism which seemed to breathe, grow, and diminish on its own.” (Concert Review by Cisco Bradley, Jazz Right Now, July 8th, 2013) http://jazzrightnow.com/2013/07/09/carlo-costa-quartet-at-muchmores-8-jul-2013/shapeimage_14_link_0