Best of 2018 #3: Quin Kirchner – “The Other Side of Time”


When this album was released, a year ago January, I wrote for The Bandcamp Daily that “it’s way too early to be saying things like this is the best thing I’ve heard all year,” and then naturally went on and declared, “but this is the best thing I’ve heard all year.”  As it turned out, too soon was predicative of now’s the timeThe Other Side of Time is both a throwback to a past era of spiritual and free jazz and a symbolic proclamation of the pounding heartbeat of the modern scene.  In that way Quin Kirchner achieves a communion between his own modern pieces and renditions of past works by Mingus, Sun Ra, Cohran and Motian, the seamless flow of thoughts and theory and imagery between jazz eras brings to mind that of blood through the circulatory system, and the inescapable sense that there is no past and present eras, but simply a common language that perpetually reveals more of itself in coordination with our changing perception of time.

Released on Astral Spirits Records.

Music from Chicago, IL.

I wrote about the album for The Bandcamp Daily.

Available at:  Bandcamp | Amazon