JASON MEARS saxophones/clarinet
KRIS TINER trumpets/flugelhorn
PAUL KIKUCHI drumset/percussion
IVAN JOHNSON contrabass
"One of the best things in jazz to emerge in the new millenium."
-Brian Marley, The Wire
"One of the left coast’s most underexposed treasures."
-Troy Collins, One Final Note
“What a fine young quartet this is... they follow many different musical paths,
all the while maintaining a pretty stimulating group voice.”
–Jason Bivins, Cadence Magazine
"One of the most powerful and appealing jazz units currently active."
-Rex Butters, All About Jazz Los Angeles
"This music is a sinuous dance, but one where every move,
every exit and entry, every bob and weave, is made with razor-sharp precision...
the Empty Cage Quartet finds a new way forward for the modern-day free jazz quartet."
-Nate Dorward, Signal to Noise
"The MTKJ Quartet's music is the shit..."
-Gene Armstrong, Tucson Weekly
"Not your typical background jazz music, this local group is in your face,
angular, fresh, and assertively spontaneous."
-Zach Behrens, LAist
"Like urban folk music of the future..."
-Vicente Gispert, Amazing Sounds
-The Santa Fe Reporter