Flora Fauna

by Jon Birkholz

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02:21
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09:41
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02:18
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05:48
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02:13
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02:10
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06:59

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Pianist Jon Birkholz, zooms right into an unexpected extended intro on the first track on this, his first, recording. The Piano melts into melody, then improvisation. Jon plays lethargically in semi-Latin melancholy flow, relaxing the listener. I like his approach, because his thought pattern is very logical.
The strong, unexpected counterpunctual octave intervals played between bass and piano on the second track, shows off the young composer's versatility.
A new sudden computed sounds adds excitement on the third track. I like the trio's breathing and spacing. The ensemble moves through a tangled hip rhythm. This bind is not broken until the ensemble hits a walking stride and swings out with tasteful punctuating from the drummer. Devin Gray exudes sensitivity and warmth throughout the piece.
Veteran bassist Michael Formanek lets his masterful arco style talk the laptop computer into a friendly relationship while the pianist sprinkles light color in the upper register. They swing softly on a contemporary Latin vamp. Birkholz talks serious with rhythm, then becomes playful, accelerating on scattered scales.
Flora Fauna is a strong statement from a new interesting, innovative contemporary jazz pianist.

-Dave Burrell, Philadelphia, July 31, 2007



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released June 7, 2007

ALL TRACKS COMPOSED BY JONATHAN BIRKHOLZ
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING BY JONATHAN BIRKHOLZ
RECORDED, MIZED AND MASTER BY PAUL WICKLIFFE AT SKYLIE PRODUCTIONS, WARREN NJ ON MAY 6TH, 2006

COPYRIGHT 2007 JONATHAN BIRKHOLZ, BMI.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

PRODUCED BY JONATHAN BIRKHOLZ
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JOEL GRIP

ILLUSTRATIONS BY SALLY KOLF WITH GRAPHIC DESIGN BY ERIC JOHN MITHEN


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Devin Gray Brooklyn, New York

An artist who strives for quality and sincerity in his work, Gray's exciting energy has compelled him towards many different musical directions. He recently finished a recording (RelativE ResonancE) of compositions written for Chris Speed, Kris Davis, and Chris Tordini. Devin currently lives, performs and composes in Brooklyn, NY. ... more

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