Los Angeles Times
November 20, 2005
Cool Clips, even if they often fly under the radar
Don Heckman


The Ari Hoenig Group
"Kinetic Hues" (Smalls Records) Recorded at Manhattan's Fat Cat club, drummer Hoenig's band emphasizes the byplay between his complexly layered percussion and the finger-busting piano of Jean-Michel Pilc. As they perform on Fat Cat's living-room-style stage, cameramen crawl discreetly around them, jockeying small, hand-held cameras in search of the best angle, contributing to the visual flavor of a home movie. Simplistic as it may seem, the production nonetheless places the music front and center, and the result is an intimate view of contemporary jazz in the process of coming to life.