Tom Hull, ‘Tom Hull – On the Web’ 11/14/16

The Best Jazz Albums of 2016
61. Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Play All the Notes
62. Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Make the Changes

Honorable Mention [listed alphabetically]
75. Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Bring Their ‘A’ Game
76. Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Make the Magic Happen

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Grego Applegate Edwards, ‘Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog’ 03/17/16

“If I make a point of covering everything JL&BVC comes out with, it is because the music they make is simply and OBJECTIVELY wonderful. …[‘Make the Magic Happen’] is a rousing start to things. As important as anything [JL&BVC has] put our way and some Lundbom guitar that will get you searching your pockets for a pick with play air guitar with. In short, excellent music!”

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Chris Haines, ‘The Free Jazz Collective’ 03/07/16

★★★★
“Chromatic passages mixing it up with free-funk motives and a gradual and well-worked development of the material that eventually leads to a noise based saturation point. The phrasing in [Lundbom’s] playing is a real joy and the way it sits within the rhythm will have you toe tapping before the track is out, worth getting just for [‘Ain’t Cha’]. …The emphasis is clearly on the tracks as a vehicle for improvised solo melodic lines and there is plenty of space for each of the soloists to stretch out and express themselves. …There is some great playing from the guitarist across these two EPs.”

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Karl Ackermann, ‘All About Jazz’ 02/09/16

★★★★
“BVC expertly juggles boisterousness and refinement in an atmosphere of controlled chaos. …Lundbom is a master of animated and intensely concentrated improvisation and his playing is capable of producing a full range of moods. …JL&BVC tread dangerous waters on their recordings. The cooperative nature of improvisations and the willingness to play outside the formal limits of jazz, combined with touches of humor all make for challenging navigation. Nevertheless, they pull it off with largely successful results. If ‘Make Magic Happen’ [sic] is an indication of the upcoming EPs in the larger collection, it promises to be one of the significant music events of the year.”

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Dan McClenaghan, ‘All About Jazz’ 02/03/16

★★★★★
“One of the most adventurous, schizoid, raucous, rip-roaring rock/jazz/bass-and-drum-thumping/wild-men-at-the saxophones wailing/soaring guitar amalgams you’ll hear in modern music. …There is an underlying tightness and continuity of vision that holds this set together. …Odd and innovative, and compelling. Music that hits you in the gut.”

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