Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm (07/08/2017)
"That the 1000 quartet says up front that their new album is based on the adaptation of national anthems probably wasn't necessary. Much of this music bleeds those traits common to that particular song form. But knowing the premise does make their playful stabs at crazier renditions that much more fun. Trumpeter Bart Maris, multi-reedist Jan Klare, bassist Wilbert De Joode and percussionist Michael Vatcher weave together the big statements and the reverential undercurrents for new takes on old pieces and a few of their own inventions to boot. Very cool recording, and very fun, too."