Press

Some nice things folks have said about music I’ve made.

…pensive, melodic…mellifluous…

Eddie Becton, All About Jazz, LA

Clarinetist Jesse Canterbury gets an equal share of the solo space on [Tom Baker Quartet’s] “Look What I Found” and uses it to identify himself as one of the best new improvising clarinetists around. Possessing a round, woody tone and an agile, quick-witted technique, Canterbury’s relaxed approach and limitless well of ideas provide numerous highlights…
-Dave Wayne, JazzReviews.com

Friday night’s concert (at the 18th Seattle Improvised Music Festival) began with an astounding set from two Seattle improvisers, Jesse Canterbury (clarinet) and Tari Nelson-Zagar (violin). Testing their instruments’ possibilities, the duo explored musical relationships that were at once harmonious and discordant. At one point, the violin maintained a drone while the clarinet hit related and unrelated pitches. One of their most exciting passages occurred when Canterbury and Nelson-Zagar went tobogganing down an avalanche of musical invention at different tempos.
– Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

…sublime…virtuosos Jesse Canterbury and Tari Nelson-Zagar…
– Christopher DeLaurenti, The Stranger, Seattle

Praise for collage/décollage:

“Smith and Canterbury are masters at their craft, producing sounds that seem impossible to imagine. They go beyond the usual bag of trick — in addition to microtones and multiphonics, they play half-clarinets, alter their clarinets with corks, Harmon mutes, and PVC pipe, and punctuate the music with tapping, stomping, and vocal interjections…the sounds are amazing and fascinating…”
-American Record Guide

“In all of the works contained on collage/décollage, extended techniques are part of a broader musical language and vision that transcends the unusual nature of the clarinet sounds. It is a CD that should be considered a must for any collection.”
The Clarinet