'The compositions are intriguing and smartly assembled and the playing is top notch. It's also a fascinating blend of many influences all of which work together to somehow sound like something different. I'm particulary fond of the dark line of 'Be There'.' (Donald Elfman -= Koch Jazz International -= New York ) 'Buy the CD and be prepared to be amazed as the tunes these guys express give jazz/funk lovers a new look into music.Also stay tuned to WJIB radio, where Kunz just might pop his head in, and don't forget to check appearance venues in all local jazz clubs to see where Jump World might appear next. Kunz may not be here for long, so catch him while you can.' Chat Baker Boston Gazette June 1999 'Andre Kunz is a guitarist with an instinct for melody and excitement. His solos always have direction and are very personal. Every composition he writes is a journey. The group Jump Word is tight and hot.' Laurence Baione President guitar department B.C.M. Press Zoo People by André Kunz & Jumpworld 'On first listen, Andre Kunz gives us an album steeped in the traditions of the great guitar-lead jazz/fusion groups. Andre sometimes takes a post-police Andy Summers tone: sweetly chorused but with overdriven amplifier grit when he digs into aggressive passages. The arrangements are clearly fusion, but Andre stays comfortably inside with his note choice. So while fans of fusion guitar heroes like John Scofield or John Mc Laughlin will find a lot to like, you don't necessarily need to hold an advanced degree in jazz composition to appreciate the music. Andre's international cast of musicians do a great job of supporting his six-string ruminations, and shine when the spotlight is turned on them. Jump World ia a tight group and it shows in the nice unison lines and tart fills, hits and stabs that they execute with practiced ease. The recording is clean and punchy, and spectrally balanced. Andre's tone throughout most of the disc is muscular and warm. The horn parts have a nice breathy quality, and dance in and out of the mix. I particularly like the drum sounds, which feature sizzling cymbals and tom sounds that are transparent, and with a great deal of 'snap'detailing each hit. Despite 'Zoo People''s virtuoso playing and many high-octane moments, my favorite songs on this disc are the slower numbers where Andre really moves into different territory for a guitar-led fusion project. Reinventing the role of bandleader, he becomes a texturalist, with intriguing chord voicings, glistening warm and clean tones, and ethereal sounds that satisfy as much as they tantalize. Check out tracks 3, and 6. I think these 'different' jazz/fusion compositions will create a stir in the USA for Andre both inside andand beyond the jazz community.' B. Holbrook Jamaica Plain Arts News Boston April 1999.
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