Trumpeter David Weiss & Point of Departure’s
Release Ropeadope Records Debut,
Wake Up Call
To Be Released February 17, 2017
New Lineup Features Weiss on Trumpet & Fender Rhodes,
Guitarists Ben Eunson, Travis Reuter & Nir Felder,
Saxophonists Myron Walden & JD Allen,
Bassist Matt Clohesy and Drummer Kush Abadey
Trumpeter David Weiss and his revamped Point of Departure ensemble recently signed a deal with Ropeadope and will release their first album with a new configuration of the band February 17, 2017.
Point of Departure was conceived in earnest in 2006 as a result of Weiss’s regular Thursday night residency at the Greenwich Village club, Fat Cat. The regular gig provided Weiss the opportunity to try out many up-and-coming musicians on the scene, in various combinations. By the end of the six month run, Weiss felt he had a fully realized a new band with a unique sound and approach; a harmonically adventurous ensemble with more of a free approach to the music, with the capability to switch grooves from swing to funk to rock in different time signatures on a dime. Weiss and Point of Departure focus on re-examining the work of musicians of that time including often lesser-known repertory works by Andrew Hill, Joe Henderson, Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, and music from the unsung Kenny Cox & the Contemporary Jazz Quintet, ultimately giving credence to an unheralded and misunderstood era in jazz – filled with music that brought myriad influences and sounds into new, unchartered territory.