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“Brainchild of multi-instrumentalist/composer Peter Lutek, this quintet make music skilfully balanced between freedom and precise structures. A focal point is Lutek's evocative reedsmanship, which employs alto and baritone saxes, clarinet, birdcalls and a "homemade copper-pipe-and-trumpet-bell thing." Nine of the ten pieces are from the leader's pen, and each is fresh and cliché-free. The poignant "Radiant" features a heartfelt alto solo that "radiates" longing ― a solo like this players wait years for. Opener "Seat" is intense, with stern comping from Greg de Denus and back-and-forth interplay between Lutek on clarinet and Tom Richards on trombone, plus a curious ending. "Reach" is a short, poised, dance-like song featuring elegant brushwork by Ethan Ardelli. Closely voiced lines, spiced with tasty dissonance, on "Cell" provide a compelling lead-in to the continually strong clarinet and pensive trombone. What resonates most is how individualized Engine's music is; it doesn't reminisce or allude to the Blue Note days of yore; Start is wholly its own thing. (Pet Mantis)” Glen Hall;, February 2011
“The Toronto band Engine doesn’t aim for the same visceral impact, preferring to achieve its spontaneous aims by employing jagged-edged ideas and contrasting creations suggesting off-kilter chamber jazz, abrupt shifts of mood and time, playful sounds off the conventional music map and rumbling passages suggesting a Mingus-influenced uprising. That makes Engine - Start (Pet Mantis Records PMR007 ) an interesting disc, nine of its ten tersely-titled items from reedman-leader Peter Lutek. Bandsmen, notably trombonist Tom Richards and pianist Greg de Denus, revel in the discomfort zones with bassist Dan Fortin and drummer Ethan Ardelli trolling rhythmic possibilities with verve. Best crank-turning tune among many good ones is the closing The Lawnmower, with Lutek et al at full wail.” Geoff Chapman; The WholeNote, May, 2011
This new release from multi-reedist Peter Lutek & co. is a perfect balance between modern jazz aesthetics and open-concept improvisation. A hard-hitting rhythm section (pianist Greg DeDenus, bassist Dan Fortin, drummer Ethan Ardelli) backs the frontline of Lutek and trombonist Tom Richards, who effortlessly float over, wade through, or dive right into an ocean of sound. An Ocean that is sometimes calm, sometimes chaotic, but always enjoyable to be immersed in. Right off the bat, we're presented with high-energy playing - a sporadic intro builds into a raging storm during the first half of 'Seat.' The weather calms, briefly, while Richards and Lutek adeptly improvise around a fragmented rhythm section, only to have the intensity return, full force, before an abrupt ending. Other highlights on Start include the smooth, glassy beauty of ʻRadiantʼ, which features exceptional, melodic soloing from both horns, and the angular and dissonant 'Cell.' The record ends just as strongly as it started, with 'The Lawnmower.' As you might expect, itʼs loud and propulsive, with the band showing no restraint. This engine is certainly a powerful one. Itʼs not so crazy that it will turn away the casual listener, yet itʼs crazy enough for those with the most adventurous of ears to be able to appreciate and enjoy it.” Matt Fong; Spontaneous Combustion Magazine, May, 2011


released February 25, 2011

Peter Lutek - Reeds
Tom Richards - Trombone
Greg de Denus - Piano
Dan Fortin - Bass
Ethan Ardelli - Drums

Recorded January 18 & 19, 2010 at The Canterbury Music Company by Jeremy Darby.
Produced, edited, and mixed by Peter Lutek.
Mastered by Fedge.
Artwork by Morgan Maher.

All compositions by Peter Lutek, except Folksing by Greg de Denus.
All compositions © Peter Lutek, 2009 (SOCAN), except When © Peter Lutek, 2006 (SOCAN), Folksing © Greg de Denus, 2009 (SOCAN)

This recording was made possible through the generous assistance of the Ontario Arts Council.

Released on Pet Mantis Records. (PMR007)
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Peter Lutek's quintet, ENGINE (w. Tom Richards, Greg de Denus, Dan Fortin, Ethan Ardelli): a call to the human spirit, and a playful urge toward experimentation. This music visits vast landscapes, and explores yearning & anguish, exhilaration & comfort. Here are truly fresh musical ideas - jazz with a keen composerly intent, and journeys into soundscapes well beyond the instruments playing. ... more

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