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Mads Tolling Quartet - In a Mads Mode

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Uploaded on Sep 9, 2008

http://www.madstolling.com. Mads Tolling Quartet was founded by two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Mads Tolling in 2007, his first major solo project. For more information about the group please go to http://www.madstolling.com
The Mads Tolling Quartet consists of:

Mads Tolling -- violin
Mike Abraham -- guitar
George Ban-Weiss -- acoustic and electric basses
Jeff Marrs - Drums

Mads Tolling, Mike Abraham, George Ban-Weiss and Jeff Marrs came together through the eclectic San Francisco jazz scene. The distinctive quartet integrates the violin into a traditional jazz combo. All three instruments play unconventional roles to make the music come to life. Violin may act as drum, guitar may take bass lines and bass may carry the melody. There are some moments of pure spontaneity, but underlying the record are thoughtful compositions and arrangements. All four players have re-thought their instruments in a fresh way, relying on their instincts to let the music speak for itself.

MTQ draws inspiration from jazz to world music to rock, and from such artists as Herbie Hancock, Ravi Shankar and Radiohead. Most of the record is composed and arranged by the bandleader, Mads Tolling. Tolling, a Grammy™-Award winning performer & arranger, has a distinct melodic, lyrical "groove" to his writing. MTT enjoys playing well-known pieces such as Adderley's "Work Song", Zeppelin's "Black Dog", giving them a new twist, while staying true to the spirit of the original versions.

In July 2007 Mads Tolling Trio (minus the drums) recorded their first album entitled, "Speed of Light". The album features eleven tunes including a solo violin version of Miles Davis' "Blue in Green".

For more information about Mads Tolling and his groups please go to http://www.madstolling.com

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