Atlantis Quartet has emerged as a leading voice in the twin cities' burgeoning modern jazz scene since its inception in 2006. The group features four of Minnesota's most exciting young jazz artists, saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, guitarist Zacc Harris, bassist Chris Bates, and drummer Pete Hennig; who have come together in this setting to create and explore fresh and original sounds in the heart of and on the edges of the jazz idiom. The ensemble's blend of complexity and accessibility has proven a perfect fit for all listeners.

Atlantis Quartet has released four albums to date, Expansion (Shifting Paradigm Records, 2013), Lines In the Sand (2011), Animal Progress (2009), and Again, Too Soon (2007). Recently, the band headlined the opening night of the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival at Mears Park. The group was names Best Jazz Artist by the Star Tribune in 2012 and in 2011 by the City Pages, who said, "No jazz band in the Twin Cities is on the prowl both creatively and in gaining national recognition quite like the Atlantis Quartet...Each player's ideas and strengths seem to infiltrate the others' consciousness, so the music evolves as a constantly shifting mosaic of textures, rhythmic patterns, and tonal colors...This is a band with a limitless future."

Bill Milkowski wrote in JazzTimes Magazine of the quartet’s fresh sound, calling it “startlingly original stuff" and stating that the band “shifts nimbly from a punk-jazz aesthetic to an ECM-ish sensitivity." Dwight Hobbes of the Pulse Twin Cities credits Atlantis Quartet with "strong compositions and insanely serious chops" while the Dakota Jazz Club refers to the band as "one of the most exciting bands in town, this group tackles complex, catchy originals with ease." The plaudits continue for the group, named "one of the bands to watch on the Midwestern modern jazz scene" by Aaron Basiliere of All About Jazz, and perhaps Citypages writer Rick Mason best describes the band as a “sound that taps historic elements like swing, bop, and free jazz while referencing contemporary bits of funk, rock, and world music, then rolls it all into a cohesive bundle of kinetic energy with the visceral allure of intense fireworks and the intellectual challenge of multilayered complexity."

August 2007 marked the release of Atlantis Quartet's debut album, Again, Too Soon, a collection of eight original compositions which garnered national praise. In a review from the spring 2008 issue of Jazz Improv Magazine, Clive Griffin says, "What is abundantly clear is that each of the members of Atlantis Quartet are highly skilled musicians who have invested themselves heavily to develop their individual approaches...Together, they sound genuinely inspired." Griffin goes on to say, "Atlantis Quartet is a versatile group of jazz musicians whose music evidences their understanding and appreciation of important jazz influences - influences that they have assimilated into their own individual and group creativity."

PRESS QUOTES:

"Atlantis Quartet is one of the Twin Cities’ most potent groups, jazz or otherwise. Their new album, “Expansions," is full of arresting originals, nearly all by drummer Pete Hennig and guitarist Zacc Harris, while bassist Chris Bates contributes a reprise of his gorgeous, moody ballad, “Hidden Place." Rounded out by Brandon Wozniak’s tough, expressive tenor sax, “Expansions" is rocked-up, serene, hard-swinging and avant-leaning, by turns, with lots to savor and no missteps."
- Tom Surowicz, Star Tribune

“Expansion, the fourth album from the Minnesota modern jazz quartet, is a knockout. From the start, this group of four strong, passionate players has had its own distinct sound, something some bands take years to develop. And they just keep getting better. We’ve been listening to their recordings all along and everything seems to click on this one: energy, emotion, expression, maturity, and moments of luminous beauty."
- Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

"[Animal Progress] is the full blossoming of a signature Atlantis sound that taps historic elements like swing, bop, and free jazz while referencing contemporary bits of funk, rock, and world music, then rolls it all into a cohesive bundle of kinetic energy with the visceral allure of intense fireworks and the intellectual challenge of multilayered complexity."
- Rick Mason, City Pages

"This is a band of bold artists, not afraid to tackle such iconic music as Love Supreme or Head Hunters, yet equally fearless in delivering their own compositions without compromise."
- Andrea Canter, Jazz Police

"One of the bands to watch on the Midwestern modern jazz scene."
- Aaron Basilliere, All About Jazz

"Since its inception in 2006, the Atlantis Quartet has quickly moved into serious contention on the Twin Cities modern jazz front, as well as begun to attract a groundswell of national attention. The Atlantis sports four terrific players and composers."
- Rick Mason, Citypages

"From Pete Hennig’s opening salvo on the drums, this CD makes you sit up and smile. Atlantis has always had its own sound and it’s even more defined on the group's second outing. Its music features unusual rhythms, melodic surprises, sharp turns, moments of sublime beauty and a technical tightness that can only come from hours of practice."
- Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

"Atlantis Quartet is a tight, focused band that is producing challenging, yet accessible music. Hear them. Your thinking and feeling will be richer for it."
- Jeff Hansen, Twin Cities Jazz Scene

"One of the tightest, most adventurous jazz combos in town...The CD [Animal Progress] stakes out plenty of new territory with 12 original compositions that alternately swing hard and breathe easy, incorporating elements of modern jazz and edgy, atmospheric rock.."
- Tad Simons, MSP Magazine