Mountain, Move

JKQ’s first release featuring all original songs written for a traditional Jazz quintet. This was extremely well reviewed (twice by and was on the best recordings of 2015 list by C. Michael Bailey.

“I am impressed by Klobnak’s writing, good themes and open to blowing…certainly Klobnak is deserving of wider attention.”

Robert D. Rusch
Cadence Magazine-Papatamus January 2016

This is Jason Klobnak’s first CD as a leader, featuring all of his original compositions. The style definitely falls into the hard-bop genre, but there is a pleasant, modern, commercial feel to many of his well-crafted and clear-cut melodies. Whether the tempo is quick or slow, Klobnak favors a thoughtful groove and meticulous harmony in his writing. There is some nice variety on the CD, from He’s Still There, a fast-paced minor tune reminiscent of Airegin, to Where Would I Go?, a passionate, rhythm and blues, gospel-like tune that generously features Elijah Samuels on tenor. Klobnak seems to let loose the most on the final two tracks, dishing out more hard-swinging bop lines.”

ITG Journal
Vol. 38, No. 4 June 2014 pg. 91

“Trumpeter Jason Klobnak has a knack for creating inviting and exciting music.”

Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz September 19th, 2013

“Listening to ‘Mountain, Move’ one is compelled to wiggle to mid tempo numbers “Back and Forth”, “Jardin de Tuileries” and “Sego” – that certain bounce a la Roy Hargrove has become a feel hugely favored throughout the Mile High City’s twenty- and thirty- something Jazzers. You’ll find your fingers poppin’ of their own accord to the bright Silveresque swinger “U.L.T.”. Most striking to this listener is the wisdom and tenderness of Klobnak’s ballads “Where Would I Go?” and the title composition: I’ve not yet seen a mountain move, but I myself am by the music of these five players. It’s a great time to be a Jazz fan in Denver. Listen to ‘Mountain, Move’ and hear for yourself.”

Erik Troe, KUVO/KVJZ On Air-Host September 3rd, 2013

“Klobnak’s ear is very acute in guiding his aural vision of jazz. Mountain, Move is an exceptional recording that bristles with creativity and inventiveness, all within the confines of consonant jazz.”

C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz August 3, 2013 & December 11, 2013 for Best Recordings of 2013 list.

Klobnak is a stand out trumpeter as well as composer, and his quintet is full to the brim with equally exceptional talent. “

Timothy Breckon, The Examiner July 17, 2013