Archive for June, 2011

Trumpeter, Composer, And Filmmaker VOLKER GOETZE Documents Sonic Snapshots Of Places And Cultures, From Africa To New York, On His New Recording For Jazz Orchestra, ‘NY10027’

Friday, June 24th, 2011

“What a great CD! Powerful writing by Volker, combining jazz, classical and African elements. And if you think you know Lenny Picket from Tower of Power and Saturday Night Live, check him out on ‘Solace’.” – Jim McNeely

History can be perplexing for modern bandleaders. Breaking new ground while retaining traditional beauty isn’t exactly easy. But on NY 10027 Volker Goetze has come up with a win-win approach that does exactly that. The trumpeter-composer has lots of skills when it comes to balancing craft and experimentation, and they give his orchestra debut a sturdy feel that boasts plenty of personal perspective.

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Guitarist Gilad Hekselman Pens Ten Tuneful Originals On 3rd Album, ‘Hearts Wide Open’

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Out Sept 13 on Le Chant Du Monde

Featuring Saxophonist Mark Turner, Bassist Joe Martin, and Drummer Marcus Gilmore

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman‘s third album, Hearts Wide Open, finds him in the company of his working trio with bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore. They are joined by saxophonist Mark Turner in a set comprised entirely of Hekselman’s original material. The title refers to Hekselman’s perspective on the practice of music-making. “As musicians, we get to travel and play for different audiences, moving people and creating something positive in the world,” he says. “It’s about opening our hearts as musicians as well as opening the hearts of listeners.”

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New York Indie Folk Band IN ONE WIND Release Debut, How Bright a Shadow! on August 16 on Primary Records

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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(From left to right: Angelo Spagnolo, Steven Lugerner, Mallory Glaser,
Lily Claire Nussbaum, Max Jaffe and Robert Lundberg)

The Brooklyn, NY-based indie folk outfit In One Wind are set to release their first full-length album, How Bright a Shadow! on the Primary Records label. From a Wendell Berry poem of the same name, the title signifies the feeling of the album: through a harmonious optimism, there is a tautly stretched thread of despair.

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Erik Friedlander’s “Bonebridge” In The News

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The past couple weeks have seen a good bit of activity for cellist Erik Friedlander and his new Bonebridge project. Late last week Pitchfork’s Grayson Currin posted a great interview with Erik about Bonebridge and his career as a cellist in a variety of settings.

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Veteran Saxophonist/Clarinetist Jeff Lederer Plays With Joyous Expressionism On Debut As Leader

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Sunwatcher, Out June 14 on Jazzheads

Featuring Bassist Buster Williams, Keyboardist Jamie Saft and Drummer Matt Wilson

Lots of modern improvisers try to balance the joy of expressionism with the buoyancy of swing, but few do it with the natural ease of Jeff Lederer. That ease – call it grace if you like – is front and center on the respected reed player’s new Sunwatcher (Jazzheads). With drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Buster Williams, and keyboardist Jamie Saft on board, Lederer has made a record that suggests exuberance can be delivered in various ways.

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