Archive for April, 2015

Spanish-Born, NYC-Based Pianist/Composer Marta Sánchez Showcases Unique Contrapuntal Language and Elements of Spanish Folk on Her New Album Partenika with Her Star-Studded NYC Quintet OUT NOW via Fresh Sound Records

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Stream Tracks on  Sánchez’s Website

“On Partenika, Marta Sánchez continues her exploration of modern sound with a forward-thinking quintet.” (Ethan Iverson)

“I love what Marta Sanchez is doing as both an improvising pianist and composer.” (Ralph Alessi)

“The ease with which Spanish pianist Marta Sanchez integrates folk elements from her native country’s rich music tradition with the harmonic sophistication and spontaneity of jazz is remarkable. Her artistry will undoubtedly produce many hours of compelling and important music in the coming years.”
(Alan Ferber)

Marta Sánchez–one of the most refreshingly original pianist/composers on the New York City Jazz scene–made her leader debut on record with 2011’s widely praised La Espiral Amarilla, recorded and released in Spain with her long standing working quartet including some of the best young musicians in Spain–Ariel Bringuez, Reinier Elizarde and Andres Litwin–in a set of her originals compositions. Distrito Jazz magazine declared that “Sanchez shows herself as a bold and fearless composer, displaying both, rhytmic and strong tunes and delicated and quite ones” while the most important newspaper in Spain: El Pais, says“solid and contemporary, consolidates the work of a this pianist-composer with much to say and a jazz knowledge that is unusual among her peers.” (more…)

Zubatto Syndicate To Release Second Album, A Big Band for the Post-Jazz Era Featuring the Songs of Metallica & Beyoncé Along with Syndicate Originals Out June 9, 2015

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Stream Tracks From Zubatto Syndicate 2 on Soundcloud

There is no truth to the rumor that Andrew Boscardin, leader of the Zubatto Syndicate, forced his band members, while recording their new album, to subsist entirely on a steady diet of classic sci-fi movies, Metallica albums, and cold pizza, all under the watchful eye and protective custody of the Beygency™. But it’s understandable why you’d think so. Zubatto Syndicate 2, the second self-titled record from this large ensemble under the direction of composer and guitarist Boscardin, has alchemized a wide variety of influences in the creation of their latest audio monster. (more…)

Acclaimed Vibraphonist and Composter Chris Dingman Releases New Suite, The Subliminal and The Sublime (Inner Arts Initiative) Inspired By Both Microscopic and Massive Forces in Nature

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The Record Showcases Dingman Alongside Some of His Most Acclaimed Peers: Saxophonist Loren Stillman, Guitarist  Ryan Ferreira, Bassist Linda Oh and Drummer Justin Brown

Dingman Will Have NYC Album Release Show At WNYC’s Performance Venue
The Greene Space, June 26th, MORE INFO

Learn this from the waters:

in mountains and chasms,

loud gush the streamlets,

but great rivers flow silently

Gautama Buddha

The glory of nature has been a primary source of inspiration for artistic expression dating back to cave paintings and up to the most modern technology-based art forms of our day. But the key challenge is to capture both its enormous grandeur and the microscopic forces behind it with equal focus and clarity. Remarkable composer/vibraphonist Chris Dingman accomplishes this beautifully with his brilliant five-part suite The Subliminal and the Sublime, newly released on the Inner Arts label.


JOHN HOLLENBECK Releases New Big Band Album, SONGS WE LIKE A LOT (Sunnyside Records) Out June 23, 2015

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Featuring Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, Uri Caine & The Frankfurt Radio Bigband

Including Songs Made Famous by Cyndi Lauper, Daft Punk, The Carpenters, The Fifth Dimension & More

Exclusive Stream of Tracks From Songs We Like A Lot


How to follow-up a Grammy-nominated album disarmingly called Songs I Like a Lot? By broadening the canvas and releasing Songs We Like a Lot, of course. John Hollenbeck returns after the triumph of Songs I Like a Lot, accompanied again by vocalists Kate McGarry and Theo Bleckmann and pianist Uri Caine, with an expanded palette and even more robust sonic transformations, encompassing everything from Burt Bacharach to the poetry of Kenneth Patchen, from Cyndi Lauper to a deconstructed “Get Lucky.” (more…)

OUT NOW via Inner Circle Music: Greek-Born Bassist/Composer PETROS KLAMPANIS Melds Jazz, Classical, Folk, and World Music Into Expressive Fusion On Minor Dispute

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

MINOR DISPUTE Melds Jazz, Classical & Greek Folk Music Into Expressive Fusion Along With Handpicked NY Players (Jean-Michel Pilc, Gilad Hekselman, John Hadfield)

Plus String Quartet & Percussionist Bodek Janke & Santuri Player Max ZT

Described by JazzTimes as a “formidable bassist and composer,”
Petros Klampanis grew up in Greece, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. He went on to study classical music in Athens, Amsterdam and New York City before emerging on the NYC jazz scene, where he’s performed alongside some of the city’s renowned jazz musicians, including saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, and drummers Antonio Sanchez and Ari Hoenig. (more…)

OUT TODAY: Guitarist Ross Hammond’s New Solo Acoustic Guitar Project, Flight (Prescott Recordings), Explores A Spiritual & Personal History

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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Read An Extensive Feature On Ross Hammond From
The Sacramento Bee

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Sacramento-based guitarist Ross Hammond describes the songs on his newest record Flight –an album of solo acoustic performances– as “musical prayer”. Hammond, a mainstay of the West Coast creative improvised music scene, is forthright about the inspiration for many of the song choices on the new record. (more…)

Due To An Accident, Five Julian Lage/Chris Eldridge Concerts POSTPONED; Washington D.C. & Wilmington, DE – CANCELLED

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015



Due to an unfortunate leg injury to Chris Eldridge requiring immediate surgery, Julian and Chris regret to cancel their upcoming performances, all of which are listed below. They plan to be back as soon as Chris’ leg is healed and schedules allow!

The Lage/Eldridge duo is a collaborative effort founded in the roots of acoustic music, exploring the worlds of improvisation and composition. With Lage’s background in modern jazz and new music, and Eldridge’s deep relationship with bluegrass as well as his being a member of the widely acclaimed band, Punch Brothers, this duo lives at the nexus of improvisation, spontaneous composition, and virtuosic refinement, all performed on their respective 1939 Martin guitars. Their duo release, Avalon, was released in October 2014 and was written about in The New Yorker, Guitar World, and Relix (more…)

Guitarist Julian Lage Announces a Northeast Run With Nels Cline (Wilco); Nationwide Dates With Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers); and Touring Behind His Solo Acoustic Record, World’s Fair

Thursday, April 9th, 2015


(photo by Justin Camerer)

2015 is already shaping up to be another busy and fruitful year for guitarist Julian Lage. The late-2014 release of Room, a duo album with guitarist Nels Cline, was met to tremendous acclaim: NPR’s All Things Considered, AllAboutJazz, Wondering Sound, and Something Else Reviews. Lage & Cline extensively toured the West Coast in support of the record and will continue with two concert dates in the northeast.  (more…)

Musical Polymath DAVE DOUGLAS Continues Past Explorations of Electronic Music With Groundbreaking Collaboration Featuring SHIGETO

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

HIGH RISKOut June 23 on Greenleaf Music

With Producer/Beat Maker SHIGETO, 
Drummer MARK GUILIANA, And Electric Bassist JONATHAN MARONHIGH RISK, Expands Upon Douglas’ Previous Forays Into Electronic Music, 
Notably On Spark of Being, Moonshine & Freak In

(Stream “Cardinals” From HIGH RISK ft. Shigeto)

The thing we call jazz and the thing we call electronic music are both fundamentally concerned with newness.  Each follows its own particular, seemingly mutually exclusive path of discovery and creation, its own process toward realizing something where before there was nothing: on one hand, through the dynamic, unpredictable, in-the-moment spiritual alchemy of improvisation; on the other hand, through a meticulous, creatively probing exploration and inventive interrogation of technology’s constantly evolving potential.

HIGH RISK is all at once a new musical ensemble – a highly collaborative quartet convened by veteran trumpeter, composer and bandleader Dave Douglas; a new record on Douglas’ own Greenleaf Music imprint – a richly evocative opus, rife with intersecting currents of sound and emotion; and a new conceptual endeavor, grappling with the tricky, even treacherous, but fertile intersection of these two similarly motivated but inherently disparate streams. (more…)

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