2017 release – “Nellie Bly Project” on Artists Recording Collective
2014 release “Exploding Syndrome”
Sam Boshnack | trumpet & compositions
Beth Fleenor | clarinets & voice
Alex Chadsey | piano & keyboards *
Isaac Castillo | bass
Max Wood | drums
*Dawn Clement plays piano & keyboards on “Exploding Syndrome”
A classic jazz instrumentation, that does anything but standard music, the Sam Boshnack Quintet packs a power punch. Boshnack’s primary small ensemble as a leader, this band thrashes and bounds through tightly woven twists, tunnels and cliffs with the deftness and precision of a chamber ensemble and weight of a rock band. Formed in 2011 and nominated for 2012 Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for NW Alternative Jazz Group, the Sam Boshnack Quintet features all-original compositions by Boshnack.
Boshnack is quickly gaining acclaim as a composer, her “open voicings, jaunty tempos and buoyant timbral mixes have a friendly monster feel that achieve a bittersweet and elegiac mood of orchestral grandeur” (Downbeat). Boshnack creates work with intricately woven soundscapes harboring deep grooves and punctuated, explosive improvisations in her personal blend of jazz, rock, contemporary chamber, world, and experimental music. Like all of her projects (B’shnorkestra, Reptet), she works to eliminate boundaries and create a sound that reflects the dynamic complexities of individual experience…that’s also a really good time.