JEFF ZAGERS

Performing at sundown, the magic kid smoothly navigates his full-length mazes with introverted determination, leading us by sensitive lantern through endless sectionals and segues; through the gateway points and ports of call founded on sensible (poly)rhythms, soundtrack soundscapes, freeform, and hybrids. Sequenced surfaces are complicated by polished ravels of melody, harmony, noise, syncopation, plot-driven chord progressions, tone expression and color, electronic nerve, crime jazz scenery, mainstream minimalism, and a humble, vulnerable lyricism influenced by folk tradition and the Romantics. His contrasts are strong, sometimes startling and sharp, yet symphonic and organic (like fused organs housed inside his single orchestra), neither eclectic nor divided, sinuous but never digressive. Sunset spectrum of sympathetic themes, ancient meditative innocence, mortal and supernatural, alienation, compassion, health and restlessness, crisp beauty and confinement.
-Rick Weaver