Archive for September, 2011

Dan Tepfer’s – Goldberg Variations / Variations

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Juxtaposing the Jazz Pianist’s Recording of Bach’s Iconic “Goldbergs”
With His Own Improvised Variations

Out November 8 On Sunnyside Records

Dan Tepfer has created a kaleidoscopic experience with his solo album Goldberg Variations / Variations, the jazz pianist approaching J.S. Bach‘s masterpiece – one of the classical canon’s most totemic works – as an inspiring font for creativity. Interspersed with his affectionate interpretation of the complete “Goldbergs” are his own improvised variations on Bach’s variations. No Jacques Loussier-style swinging of the classics, Tepfer’s variations are marked by a ruminative joy, spiced with contemporary dissonances and a deep feel for the source as timeless music beyond category.Goldberg Variations / Variations will be released on CD and digitally by Sunnyside Records in the U.S. on November 8th, 2011. In Europe, the album will be issued via Sunnyside/Naïve on November 10th.


‘Open Source’ by The Jeff Gauthier Goatette, featuring Nels Cline

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Out October 11 on Cryptogramophone Records, and

Featuring Nels Cline, Alex Cline, John Fumo, David Witham, and Joel Hamilton.

Gauthier & Cryptogramophone curate The Stone (NYC) – November 1-13


The Claudia Quintet +1 with Kurt Elling & Theo Bleckmann – What Is The Beautiful?

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Commissioned by the University of Rochester’s
Rare Books and Special Collections Department
for the 100th Birthday Celebration of Poet / Visual Artist Kenneth Patchen

Out October 11 on Cuneiform Records


The Le Boeuf Brothers – In Praise of Shadows

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Featuring Saxophonist Mike Ruby, Guitarist Nir Felder, Bassist Linda Oh, Drummer Henry Cole and The Myth String Quartet

Out October 11 on Nineteen-Eight Records


‘Sidewalks and Alleys/Waking Music’ by The Nice Guy Trio

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Photo credit: Peter Varshavsky

Available Now–Sidewalks and Alleys/Waking Music
The New CD by Trumpeter Darren Johnston’s The Nice Guy Trio
on the Porto Franco Label

With a name like The Nice Guy Trio, it should come as no surprise that trumpeter Darren Johnston’s singular ensemble knows how to make the most out of new musical friendships. Since Johnston joined forces with accordion ace Rob Reich and well-traveled bassist Daniel Fabricant four years ago, the Nice Guys have engaged in a series of stylistically unfettered musical adventures with a daunting array of artists, from Ethiopian-born singer/songwriter Meklit Hadero and clarinet explorer Ben Goldberg to tabla expert Sameer Gupta, pedal-steel guitar maestro David Phillips and versatile violinist Dina Maccabee.


San Francisco Trumpeter Darren Johnston’s ‘Gone To Chicago’

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The New CD, The Big Lift, Available Now on Porto Franco Records

A famously tough town, Chicago can also offer a warm embrace to those who arrive with something to offer. Over the past five years, Darren Johnston has encountered a scene full of kindred spirits, and his new album documents the San Francisco trumpeter’s rapidly evolving creative relationships with some of Chicago’s leading improvisational lights. On Darren Johnston’s Gone to Chicago – The Big Lift, available today on Porto Franco Records, he assembles an all-star quintet featuring a volatile cast of left field explorers, including resourceful trombonist Jeb Bishop, inventive vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, athletic bassist Nate McBride and indispensable free jazz drummer Frank Rosaly.


Cuban Pianist/Composer Fabian Almazan Combines His Heritage With Classical And Electronic Music On His Debut Album, Personalities

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Featuring Bassist Linda Oh and Drummer Henry Cole

Out October 4, 2011

Fabian Almazan’s debut, Personalities (Biophilia), reveals his penchant for musical storytelling with well-crafted originals and well-chosen covers. Born in Cuba, raised in Miami and based in New York City, the 27-year-old pianist and composer has apprenticed with Terence Blanchard and is a recent fellow of the Sundance Film Composer’s Lab.


Pianist/Composer Fabian Almazan Combines His Cuban Musical Heritage with Classical and Electronic Music On His Debut, ‘Personalities’

Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Out October 4, 2011Featuring Bassist Linda Oh and Drummer Henry Cole

Fabian Almazan‘s debut, Personalities (Biophilia), reveals his penchant for musical storytelling with well-crafted originals and well-chosen covers. Born in Cuba, raised in Miami and based in New York City, the 27-year-old pianist and composer has apprenticed with Terence Blanchard and is a recent fellow of the Sundance Film Composer’s Lab.

14th Street Records Presents Jake Saslow’s ‘Crosby Street’

Saturday, September 24th, 2011


Fabian Almazan, Mike Moreno, Joe Martin, and Marcus Gilmore

Saxophonist and composer Jake Saslow considers himself a Long Islander, but spent his first six years in the heart of SoHo. On his début record, Crosby Street, Saslow pays tribute to the neighborhood of his earliest years, in the company of pianist Fabian Almazan, guitarist Mike Moreno, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore.


Vijay Iyer Begins 4 Night Run at Jazz Standard Sept 22-25

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

photo by Lynne Harty

Vijay Iyer‘s working trio with Marcus Gilmore and Stephan Crump is playing at New York’s Jazz Standard Thursday through Sunday, September 22-25.  They’ve just recorded a follow-up album to 2009’s Grammy-nominated Historicity; the new trio disc is slated for a March 2012 release on ACT Music.   At the Standard, the first two nights (Thurs-Fri, Sept 22-23) showcase the trio’s new and newly arranged music;  the second two nights (Sat-Sun, Sept 24-25), Vijay expands to a sextet, similar to the one that played at Castle Clinton a few months ago for the River to River Festival, with tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, altoist Steve Lehman, and cornet & flugelhorn player Graham Haynes.


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