Atlantis Quartet has emerged as a leading voice in the twin cities' burgeoning modern jazz scene since its inception in 2006. The group features four of Minnesota's most exciting young jazz artists, saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, guitarist Zacc Harris, bassist Chris Bates, and drummer Pete Hennig; who have come together in this setting to create and explore fresh and original sounds in the heart of and on the edges of the jazz idiom. The ensemble's blend of complexity and accessibility has proven a perfect fit for all listeners.
The band was recently named 2011 Best Jazz Artist by the Citypages, who said, "No jazz band in the Twin Cities is on the prowl both creatively and in gaining national recognition quite like the Atlantis QuartetEach player's ideas and strengths seem to infiltrate the others' consciousness, so the music evolves as a constantly shifting mosaic of textures, rhythmic patterns, and tonal colorsThis is a band with a limitless future."
Bill Milkowski wrote in JazzTimes Magazine of the quartet's fresh sound, calling it "startlingly original stuff" and stating that the band "shifts nimbly from a punk-jazz aesthetic to an ECM-ish sensitivity." Dwight Hobbes of the Pulse Twin Cities credits Atlantis Quartet with "strong compositions and insanely serious chops" while the Dakota Jazz Club refers to the band as "one of the most exciting bands in town, this group tackles complex, catchy originals with ease." The plaudits continue for the group, named "one of the bands to watch on the Midwestern modern jazz scene" by Aaron Basiliere of All About Jazz, and perhaps Citypages writer Rick Mason best describes the band as a "sound that taps historic elements like swing, bop, and free jazz while referencing contemporary bits of funk, rock, and world music, then rolls it all into a cohesive bundle of kinetic energy with the visceral allure of intense fireworks and the intellectual challenge of multilayered complexity."
August 2007 marked the release of Atlantis Quartet's debut album, Again, Too Soon, a collection of eight original compositions which garnered national praise. In a review from the spring 2008 issue of Jazz Improv Magazine, Clive Griffin says, "What is abundantly clear is that each of the members of Atlantis Quartet are highly skilled musicians who have invested themselves heavily to develop their individual approachesTogether, they sound genuinely inspired." Griffin goes on to say, "Atlantis Quartet is a versatile group of jazz musicians whose music evidences their understanding and appreciation of important jazz influences - influences that they have assimilated into their own individual and group creativity."
2528 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404