Critical Praise for AnyWhen Ensemble

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“Detrick has a fine ear for timbre and texture, a mastery of classical and jazz styles, and an engaging technique on the trumpet. The AnyWhen players — Hashem Assadullahi on saxophones, Shirley Hunt on cello, Steve Vacchi on bassoon and Ryan Biesack at the drum set — played beautifully together, with obvious rapport and a fine sense of balance.” (full article)

– Stephen Brookes, Washington Post, 2.23.15

“Cello and bassoon immediately send a subliminal message of ‘that’s classical’ while saxophone and drums shout ‘this is jazz,’ even though there have been valuable improvisational contributions made on the bassoon and the cello and a now significant body of score-based repertoire for the saxophone (though not so much for drumset). It’s telling that the trumpet, which has had an important audible impact in both worlds, is Detrick’s instrument.” (full article)

– Frank J Oteri, New Music Box, 4.8.14

Another remark­able record, set for release some­time in the spring of this year. This is a through-composed suite from Det­rick, who plays trum­pet, that reaches back sixty years to the noble fail­ure that was Third Stream Music. But rather than try­ing to inte­grate post-romantic clas­si­cal music with­out any ground­ing in coun­ter­point or struc­tural harmony—as was the style—Detrick thinks lyri­cal and poly­phon­i­cally. The voices, includ­ing sax, cello and bas­soon, move along in homophony and hocket. The con­cept is com­po­si­tional, the jazz is actu­ally min­i­mal and comes through in artic­u­la­tion and through some of Ryan Biesack’s drum­ming. The writ­ing itself is impres­sively clear, inven­tive and com­pelling.” (full article)

-George Grella, Big City Blog, 2.4.14

“That’s right, this chamber ensemble’s got that swing. A sly, deft swing that intermeshes a composed score with improvisation.” (full article)

-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz, 4.27.14

One could easily dub this music “chamber jazz” but that’s too stifling.  The music has echoes of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, of Henry Threadgill, Marty Ehrlich, Aaron Copland and especially Muhal Richard Abrams.  The blend of the sharp brass phrases with Assaduhali’s sweet soprano or angular alto saxophones plus the deep tones of the bassoon with the splendid brush work of Biesack may also remind you of the group Oregon.  Add to that, Ms. Hunt’s deep cello lines and occasional pizzicato, and this music moves in unexpected ways.” (full article)

-Richard B. Camins, Step Tempest Blog, 4.2.14

The motto on the home page of Douglas Detrick and his AnyWhen Ensemble says it all: “We believe in the unexpected.” Listen to their latest, The Bright and Rushing World, a 10-track through-composed suite due for release March 25, and you will hear what they mean. Not only do they seek to inhabit the space where the spontaneity of jazz meets the traditions of classical music, but the signature instrumentation of their ensemble and the sound they develop is definitively and uniquely their own.” (full article)

Jack Goodstein, blogcritics.org, 3.12.14

“Both as a composer and instrumentalist, Douglas Detrick has the potential to become the first legitimate star in American chamber jazz.” (full article)

Brent Black, criticaljazz.com, 3.3.14

“Perhaps Gunther Schuller’s “third stream” never gained much currency with either listeners or musicians, because of the extreme demands it placed on musicians to be equally conversant in two traditions, jazz and classical music. Douglas Detrick and the Anywhen Ensemble are one of the few ensembles performing today that can move effortlessly between the worlds of traditional, through-composed, chamber music and creative improvisation. In a world where iTunes and “shuffle” have all but obliterated the traditional boundaries that defined musical genres, the music of the Anywhen Ensemble connected with our students in a way that other ensembles, more bound to traditional conventions, will never achieve. Douglas Detrick’s compositions are at once evocative yet intellectually rigorous, conveying his sensual aesthetic with astonishing accuracy, his sonic palette exquisitely tailored to the resources available to him in the ensemble.”

-Kent Deveraux, Chair, Music Department, Cornish College of the Arts

“One of the more promising updaters of what composer, classical musician and jazzer Gunther Schuller termed Third Stream music half a century ago is the young University of Oregon-trained trumpeter composer Douglas Detrick, who brings his AnyWhen Ensemble back to Oregon from his current New York home.” (full article)

– Brett Campbell, Oregon Arts Watch, 2.1.13

“Among successful mergers, we can now count the AnyWhen Ensemble, a quintet that Douglas Detrick brought together to perform his finely crafted compositions. AnyWhen creates nuanced, assured, work that combines the best of its sources. From jazz, the five musicians draw quick-witted flexibility and response—and swing, too, where indicated. At the same time, Detrick’s mature compositions elicit from his ensemble mates refined skills of technique and expression. Those provide the musicians with many resources—and perspectives—that are available to few jazz players.” (full article)

-Peter Monaghan, Cornish Music Series, 1.9.13

‘Rivers Music’ is thought music rendered as stream-of-conscious expression. It is not totally free, but not totally tethered either. Detrick sets up his scaffolding and then allows broad latitude to the rest of the quintet to fill in the spaces, which they do, collectively and alone, with intelligence and warmth.” (full article)

-C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz, 2.8.2011