Just Confirmed: Darius Jones Trio At Outpost 186 October 19th

October 8, 2009
Photo by Carrie Villines

Photo by Carrie Villines

On Monday, October 19th, New York-based alto saxophonist/composer Darius Jones will celebrate his anxiously awaited debut recording, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) on AUM Fidelity, featuring noted master musicians Cooper-Moore (piano and diddley-bo) and Rakalam Bob Moses (drums), with a performance at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA.

The event, which is being presented by the venue’s subconsciouscafe series, will begin at 8:00 p.m. Admission is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

Jones conceived Man’ish Boy, which officially hits the streets October 13th, as “a sonic tone poem about me and my life growing up in the South.” Inspired by his poor, but musically diverse and love-filled childhood on a farm in his native Virginia, Jones wrote eight compositions that draw on a diverse range of concepts, sonic materials and rhythms he encountered during his youth.

This eclectic tapestry of influences includes his uncle’s saxophone playing, his Jamaican father’s love of reggae, the revelatory vocal music of the church and countless hours of listening to everything from classical to rock on the radio.

In his review of the record, AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins calls Jones “a prodigiously talented instrumentalist whose Southern roots shine through on this vivacious debut,” and “a new voice poised to receive widespread acclaim from the jazz underground.”

Jason Crane, PopDose.com reviewer and host of The Jazz Session, describes Man’ish Boy as “an incredible recording that will make you sing, make you weep and make you marvel. It’s not just good. It’s important. And we are the richer for its existence.”

“On Man’ish Boy,” adds Point of Departure‘s Ed Hazell, “alto saxophonist Darius Jones delivers one of the most impressive debuts in recent memory, displaying a remarkably well-developed concept and individual sound. Jones and his trio with pianist Cooper-Moore and drummer Rakalam Bob Moses create a modern music drawn from an exclusively African American tradition…Jones and company reach back to into the pre-jazz African American folk, spiritual, and blues traditions to inform their music. It’s Jones’ ability to make those deep connections to a long tradition and absorb them thoroughly into his own music that helps give the album its heft and beauty.”

Jones’ trio, which last performed together at the 2009 Vision Festival in New York this summer, will also be performing at AUM Fidelity’s label showcase at New York’s Abrons Arts Center on October 15th and at New Haven’s Firehouse 12 on November 20th.

To learn more about Jones and his music, check out this new interview, posted today at rvanews.com, and please check back with us often for more of the media response to Man’ish Boy following its release next week.

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Eric Hofbauer Awarded Mass. Cultural Council Artist Fellowship

June 18, 2009
© 2008 Angela Rowlings/Boston Herald

© 2008 Angela Rowlings/Boston Herald

Creative Nation Music is proud to announce its founder, guitarist/composer Eric Hofbauer, has been honored with the 2009 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Music Composition. He plans to use the $10,000 cash award to compose new music for his working quartet, The Infrared Band, complete a new book on modern improvisation methods, and mix and master his next solo recording, American Fear.

One of the Boston jazz scene’s most prolific artists for more than a decade, Hofbauer has been called “a refreshingly original voice” (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com), “a brilliant player” (Ron Wynn, Nashville City Paper) and “a major young talent” (Rick Anderson, All Music Guide). Critics have also noted his “intriguingly original music” (Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes), calling it “deft and inventive” (Brian Marley, The Wire) and “rewarding on every level” (Michael Coyle, Cadence). His most recent release as a leader is 2008’s Myth Understanding (Creative Nation Music).

In addition to his efforts as an award-winning musician, Hofbauer is also a respected purveyor of performance and recording opportunities for other local musicians. The Creative Nation Music label, which grew out of a concert series and later an online storefront for recordings by Boston-based performers, celebrated its 5th anniversary earlier this year and has released more than a dozen recordings to date. He is also a teacher of jazz guitar and jazz history at Emerson College and The University of Rhode Island. Learn more about Hofbauer, his recordings and his efforts as a cultivator of Boston jazz at http://cnmpro.com


Garrison Fewell’s Variable Density Sound Orchestra at Cambridge YMCA January 30th

January 9, 2009
Garrison Fewell by Rossetti©Phocus

Garrison Fewell by Rossetti©Phocus

On Friday, January 30th, Boston-based guitarist/composer Garrison Fewell and his newest working ensemble, the Variable Density Sound Orchestra, will celebrate their forthcoming self-titled debut on Creative Nation Music with a two-set performance at the Cambridge Family YMCA Theater in Cambridge, MA. 

The group, which features Roy Campbell (trumpet and flute), Achille Succi (alto saxophone and bass clarinet), Eric Hofbauer (guitar), John Voigt (bass) and Miki Matsuki (drums), will be joined by special guests, Steve Swell (trombone) and Dmitry Ishenko (bass). 

Variable Density Sound Orchestra (CNM 014) officially hits the streets February 17th.

“Guitarist Garrison Fewell has never stopped moving forward on his musical journey from accomplished post-bop guitarist to free-jazz explorer,” writes music journalist Ed Hazell in the liner notes.  “Here, on his most fully realized and personal recording in the free jazz idiom to date, you can still hear the thoughtfulness, tenderness, and intimacy; careful listening; and the rigorous construction of line and feel for melody that have marked all his albums.  The Variable Density Sound Orchestra is a group well suited to realizing Garrison’s concepts and compositions.”


Reminder: Tchicai, Fewell And Hofbauer To Present Master Classes + Concert Tomorrow Night

November 5, 2008

Creative Nation Music and the Improvising Composers Collective will present a full day of events on Thursday, November 6th at the Cambridge YMCA in Cambridge, MA (Central Square). 

Legendary saxophonist/composer John Tchicai will join Creative Nation Music recording artists Garrison Fewell (Berklee College of Music) and Eric Hofbauer (University of Rhode Island and Emerson College) in presenting master classes during the day, followed by a 7:00 p.m. concert featuring both the Fewell/Hofbauer Duo and the John Tchicai Trio featuring Fewell and saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase.

The Tchicai/Fewell/Kohlhase Trio will perform live on Boston’s WGBH on the Eric in the Evening show tonight at 9:00 p.m. 

Click here for the complete press release (PDF) with all the workshop and concert details.