Sermons From Science

by Simon Henneman Quartet

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Aussie Instro Fan Wow, what a find this album was! Title track has a Coltrane feel to it, with some bluesy guitar thrown in.
5 of the 6 songs are excellent. Favorite track: Elegy For A Widge.
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Sermons From Science is an album of extraordinary music by Simon Hennemen and his Seattle henchmen. From the stunning cover design illuminating the album’s title to the last note of the evocative “Sermons from Science,” this package provides a top-flight artistic experience rarely found in today’s ugly cultural environment.

I trust you will be able to hear this for yourself, but the playing on this recording is filled with the excitement of discovery and accomplished self-expression as the ensemble works its way through a suite of Henneman’s imaginative compositions, led by Simon’s muscular guitar and the powerful saxophonics of Kenny Mandell and propelled by the unfailing support and deep sensitivity of bassist John Seman and drummer Mark Ostrowski, a 20-year rhythmic partnership elsewhere noted as “in all likelihood the most telepathic musical combination in Seattle.”

Telepathy is a good word for what these four musicians do together. They’ve know each other for a long time, they know the music inside out and they know how to play it. The songs are well-made and swinging and the players interpret and extend them with vigor, intelligence and fiercely personal instrumental expression. What more can we ask for?

I can’t say enough about the level of playing thoughout. Henneman has an approach strictly his own and his solos are consistently compelling, dense with feeling and drive. Kenny Mandell is a brilliant soloist in every setting and sounds strictly like himself, sparring and blending with Simon and discoursing on the composer’s themes with remarkable coherence. And again, the splendid rhythm section is right there with them every step of the way.

I’ve really enjoyed my repeated listenings to this album and commend it to imaginative music lovers without reservation. Seattle is very fortunate indeed to have an ensemble of this high caliber in residence.

-John Sinclair
London
December 15, 2013

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released September 16, 2014

SHQ is Simon Henneman (Guitar), Kenny Mandell (Saxophones), John Seman (Bass), & Mark Ostrowski (Drums).

Guest performances by Amy Denio, Jen Gilleran, Erica Carlson, Ashley Goetz, Jim Knodle, Kate Olson, Bill Monto, Bill Kautz, Dick Valentine, Brian Benfer.

Recorded by Dave Abramson
Liner notes by John Sinclair

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