Caroline Davis Quintet, Twin Talk – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – December 5th, 2015
Caroline Davis Quintet, Twin Talk

Record Release Show

Caroline Davis Quintet

Twin Talk

Sat, December 5, 2015

8:30 pm


Chicago, IL


Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Caroline Davis Quintet
Caroline Davis Quintet
Mobile since her birth in Singapore, Caroline Davis now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has shared musical moments with a diverse group of musicians, including Erin McKeown, Allison Miller, Jenny Owen Youngs, Matt Wilson, Ellis Marsalis, Bobby Broom, Dennis Carroll, and Billy Kaye. Her debut album, Live Work & Play, was featured on All About Jazz’s best releases, and she was named one of Jazztimes’ Best New Artists in the 2012 Expanded Critics’ Poll. She has been a regular member of many outfits including Fatbook, Deep Fayed, Paul Bedal Quintet, Orso, Caili O’Doherty Group, Dion Kerr Group, and Cotyledons.

Mike Allemana - guitar
Russ Johnson - trumpet
Caroline Davis - alto saxophone
John Tate - bass
Jeremy Cunningham - drums

"Caroline's riffs always sparkle with inner spirit.” (Brad Walseth, JazzChicago)

"Caroline improvises with a balance of passion and polish that younger horn players often lack” (Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader)

"Davis' dark-toned alto saxophone gently spins pensive melodic lines…” (Ed Enright, Downbeat Magazine)
Twin Talk
Twin Talk
While many jazz projects point towards a designated leader, Chicago’s Twin Talk operates as a true democracy. Band members Andrew Green (drums), Dustin Laurenzi (saxophone), and Katie Ernst (bass/vocals) have focused their creative energies on collaborative musical communication on their self-titled sophomore album, TWIN TALK.

The three musicians have an affinity for melody and nuance, but the fabled Chicago tradition of improvised music has had its affect on the band. “Chicago’s legacy of creative improvisers has had a huge impact on how we approach music,” says saxophonist Laurenzi, “it challenges us to be reckless and take risks every time we play.”

Their band name is inspired by the phenomenon of Cryptophasia, or ‘twin speak,’ an autonomous language some twins develop with each other. “The idea of developing a connected and deeply personal language resonated with us,” explains drummer Green, “Dustin, Katie, and I share a musical version of ‘twin talk.’”

Before emerging as Twin Talk, they were performing as Laurenzi/Ernst/Green, releasing their first album and performing at the 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival under that name. The switch to Twin Talk was motivated by the desire to achieve a unified band identity. “We didn’t want to be a jazz law-firm anymore,” says bassist/vocalist Ernst, “plus, we rehearse more like a rock band in how we workshop music, so let’s have a rock band name that reflects who we are.”

The music on the album ranges from intricate, multi-sectional songs like album opener “Colorwheel” and labyrinthine “Teddy” to the downright groovy “J.J.” and “Eleven.” The band demonstrates patient restraint in the unfolding of their freer repertoire; meditating on the melody of “Martha” and reveling in the building tension of “Like Bells.” Bassist Ernst sings on three of the 11 tracks: two with lyrics written by Ernst (“Hush, Hush” and “Living Room”), and one with wordless vocals “One Foot in Front of the Other,” written by Laurenzi. Similar to their first release, Sightline (2013), Ernst’s voice is used as an alternative texture and not as the focal point of the album. The dark tone of Laurenzi’s saxophone blends with Ernst’s voice to create rich harmonies within the chord-less trio setting.

Following their Chicago album release show at Constellation (April 30th, 3111 N Western Ave, 8:30pm), Twin Talk will be setting out on a two-week album release tour that includes Cleveland (OH), Buffalo (NY), Rochester (NY), Washington (DC), NYC, and Bloomington (IN).

Andrew Green, drums
Katie Ernst, bass & voice
Dustin Laurenzi, tenor saxophone

"Twin Talk is a relatively new, youthful ensemble out of Chicago that’s steeped in that city’s long history of experimental and avant-garde jazz-based music. Drummer Andrew Green, bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst and sax player Dustin Laurenzi represent the next generation of players in that tradition, gleefully playing with song structures, melodies and rhythms to create something distinctively their own." -Cool Cleveland

“three imaginative and gifted artists... seamless and intuitive camaraderie…” - All About Jazz

"introspective and ever-tasteful..." - NextBop
Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618