CD - John Ettinger "Kissinger In Space"
Ettinger’s new CD, released on Ettinger Music (catalog number je02), showcases his prowess as a composer and improviser whose music is a compelling blend of the lyrical and the free. The album also displays his talent as a fine bandleader whose quartet comprises top-drawer sidemen tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola.
Kissinger in Space proves to be a fitting follow-up to August Rain, which All About Jazz lauded as being a "brilliant" album by "these West Coasters [who] have a thing about music hovering between funk, the jam, free jazz, and good solid swing, simultaneously doing it all right." As for the leader, the review noted: "The secret in this case is John Ettinger, violinist and looper/effects man.[who] has a way of popping in and out at opportune times to build a melody out of a groove, establish a specific mood, or carry on a burst of lyricism. The loops swirl all the time."