New Cadence Reviews

July 16, 2009

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The Jul/Aug/Sep 2009 issue of Cadence arrived to subscribers this week, and with it a number of enthusiastic reviews of our clients’ recent recordings.

Here are a few highlights:

In his review of Garrison Fewell’s Variable Density Sound Orchestra (Creative Nation Music), Phillip McNally writes, “Using the blues and improvised melody, Fewell’s sextet creates something like a completely tonal yet free music…the results are solid, approachable and at the same time richly complex…I for one would love to catch this Variable Density Sound Orchestra live.”

“I unhestiatingly give Muse my highest recommendation,” declares David Kane in his review of The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra‘s second release. “She claims Maria Schneider and Bob Brookmeyer as muses but, to my ear, she has already equaled and perhaps surpassed these august icons in sheer musical sophistication. It’s quite clear on the evidence of this recording that Ayn Inserto has a bright future ahead of her.”

Jay Collins calls David S. Ware’s Shakti (AUM Fidelity) “intensely personal, with a spiritual directness that looks to India, but, also, with an outcome that is surprisingly accessible. Ware remains faithful to his sense of purpose and direction, while also offering sounds that are palatable enough for folks that may have been overwhelmed by previous work.”

“This band has an impressively wide range of textures to draw upon,” explains Stuart Kremsky in his review of William Parker’s Double Sunrise Over Neptune (AUM Fidelity). “The infectious and insistent rhythms of the ensemble draw you right in, and the pleasing density of the band keeps you there. Parker’s projects as a leader invariably result in some of the most rewarding and creative music being made by anyone, and this gem is no exception.”


More Darcy James Argue CD Reviews

July 8, 2009


Another week means another batch of incoming reviews of Darcy James Argue’s debut CD, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records).

  • Gavin Breeden became the latest writer to include the record on a “best music of the year so far” list on his blog, Tone Marrow Reviews. He adds, “Is it big band music? Is it jazz? Is it punk? It’s all three and it’s terrific. It’s like nothing else I’ve ever listened to.”
  • “The composer has put a lot of work into developing harmonies and moods that echo both traditional big band and jazz fusion,” explains La Scena Musicale‘s Alexandre Lazaridès (via translation from the original French) in the publication’s July/August issue. “The judicious use of electronic effects enriches the fascinating textures without overwhelming them. Ambitious and visionary, the work of this young composer is perfectly in line with the great ensembles of our time, including that of Maria Schneider, with whom he has studied.”
  • Finally, in his review for The Globe and Mail, J.D. Considine writes, “Argue is a composer and bandleader whose work combines the rhythmic insistence of late Gil Evans with the colouristic approach of Maria Schneider and Bob Brookmeyer. Infernal Machines ranges from the modernist Zeno, with its bright pastels and straight-eight pulse, to the elegiac Habeas Corpus (for Maher Arar), while the solos are exquisite, particularly trumpeter Ingrid Jensen on Transit and Sebastian Noelle’s screaming guitar on Redeye.”

AllMusic.com: Darcy James Argue’s Infernal Machines

June 29, 2009


“If you enjoy the efforts of Gil Evans, Bob Brookmeyer, Carla Bley, Maria Schneider, Guillermo Klein, NOJO or Jason Lindner’s big band in modern times,” writes Michael G. Nastos in his newly posted review of Infernal Machines at AllMusic.com, “you’ll surely enjoy this finely crafted effort from Argue, supported by a combination of New York veterans and newcomers.”

He adds, “The combined layering of sounds, vibrant color palate, and marvelous inventive writing makes for some startling and satisfying original music played by some very impressive musicians.”


Reminder: Firehouse 12 To Present The Donny McCaslin Trio This Friday

December 8, 2008

 

On Friday, December 12th, Firehouse 12‘s 2008 Fall Jazz Series will conclude with a two-set performance by acclaimed tenor saxophonist/composer Donny McCaslin and his trio featuring bassist Hans Glawischnig (Ray Barretto, Stefon Harris, Miguel Zenon) and drummer Johnathan Blake (Tom Harrell, Russell Malone, Jaleel Shaw).  The group will be celebrating its debut release, Recommended Tools, McCaslin’s seventh recording as a leader and his first on frequent collaborator Dave Douglas’ label, Greenleaf Music.  The disc features nine original McCaslin compositions inspired by influences ranging from Bill Frisell to Hermeto Pascoal to Igor Stravinsky.

“A brilliant take on the hallowed tenor trio tradition,” writes AllAboutJazz.com reviewer Troy Collins, “Recommended Tools is not only a high water mark for McCaslin, but one of the most beguiling records of the year.”  DownBeat‘s John Corbett agreed, writing, “It’s a terrific outing, with solid original material at the service of a ferocious player and a great rhythm section.  There’s nothing frivolous, no errors of judgment—just energizing jazz in a lean setting with lots to love.”  “McCaslin’s blowing may be brawny,” added Steve Greenlee in JazzTimes, “but it is equally thoughtful.  His work is blistering and beautiful, sometimes in the same moment.”

Inspired by his musician father, McCaslin began playing tenor saxophone at age 12.  Early in his professional career, following studies at the Berklee College of Music, he toured for four years with the Gary Burton Quintet before moving to New York in 1991, where he quickly found work with Eddie Gomez and the jazz fusion group, Steps Ahead.  He has since performed and recorded with a long list of notable bandleaders, including Pat Metheny, Danilo Perez, Maria Schneider, George Schuller and Luciana Souza among many others, though he is perhaps best known for his recent membership in the Dave Douglas Quintet.  In addition to his extensive work as an in-demand sideman, McCaslin has led his own groups for the past decade, recording for the Arabesque, Criss Cross, Naxos and Sunnyside labels.  

2008 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:

09/19: Steve Lantner Trio
09/26: Conference Call  
10/03: Ned Rothenberg’s Sync
10/10: Shakers n’ Bakers   
10/17: Josh Roseman’s Execution Quintet
10/24: Bad Touch
10/31: Magic
11/07: George Schuller’s Circle Wide
11/14: Jamie Baum Septet
11/21: Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings
12/05: The Flatlands Collective
12/12: Donny McCaslin Trio

Tickets and more information available at:
http://firehouse12.com/performance_space_calendar.asp