Remembering 2009

November 23, 2009

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The latest can to be kicked around the jazz blogosphere (and beyond) is what records make the cut as the best of the decade.

As much as we enjoy the opportunity to reminisce about our first seven-plus years in business, and the 135 recordings we promoted for our clients in that span, we’re not quite ready to dip a toe in that nearly bottomless pool just yet.

But, we’re more than happy to shine a light on the recordings we promoted for our clients in 2009 (in order of their release).

Hopefully at least a few of these will end up on your year’s best list or at least your list for Santa.

David S. Ware
Shakti (AUM Fidelity)

Gerald Cleaver/William Parker/Craig Taborn
Farmers By Nature (AUM Fidelity)

The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra
Muse (Creative Nation Music)

Garrison Fewell
Variable Density Sound Orchestra (Creative Nation Music)

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records)

Michael Musillami Trio + 3
From Seeds (Playscape Recordings)

The Fully Celebrated
Drunk On The Blood Of The Holy Ones (AUM Fidelity)

John Hébert
Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12 Records)

Carl Maguire’s Floriculture
Sided Silver Solid (Firehouse 12 Records)

Joe Morris/Petr Cancura/Luther Gray
Wildlife (AUM Fidelity)

KLANG
Tea Music (Allos Documents)

Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings
Madeleine Dreams (Firehouse 12 Records)

Fay Victor Ensemble
The FreeSong Suite (Greene Avenue Music)

Fonda/Stevens Group
Memphis (Playscape Recordings)

Harris Eisenstadt
Canada Day (Clean Feed)

Darius Jones Trio
Man’ish Boy (AUM Fidelity)

Joe Morris Quartet
Today On Earth (AUM Fidelity)

Jessica Pavone
Songs Of Synastry And Solitude (Tzadik)

Bill Dixon
Tapestries For Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12 Records)

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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.”


Ayn Inserto On WICN This Afternoon

March 23, 2009


Composer Ayn Inserto will be interviewed today at 1:00 p.m. EST on WICN’s Jazz New England program hosted by Tyra Penn.

Click here to listen in. 

Ms. Inserto will be talking about, and playing tracks from, her new CD, Muse (Creative Nation Music), as well as discussing the upcoming Boston CD release celebration at this weekend’s Creative Nation Music Festival.


New Garrison Fewell And Ayn Inserto CDs Out Today

February 17, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today is the official street date for the two latest releases from Boston’s Creative Nation Music, guitarist/composer Garrison Fewell‘s Variable Density Sound Orchestra (CNM 014) and The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra‘s Muse (CNM 015).

Fewell’s second release for the label, following 2008’s The Lady of Khartoum (CNM 010), Variable Density Sound Orchestra is the self-titled debut of his newest working ensemble. The group features Eric Hofbauer (guitars and percussion), Roy Campbell (trumpet, flugelhorn, flute and percussion), Achille Succi (bass clarinet and alto saxophone), John Voigt (bass), Miki Matsuki (drums) and Alex Fewell (percussion).

Muse, the follow-up to The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra’s self-released 2006 debut, Clairvoyance, is built around the theme of celebrating those who inspired her.  It features arrangements of three pieces by special guest George Garzone and original compositions honoring Bob Brookmeyer, Frank Foster and Steve Lacy among others.

Both releases are part of the label’s ongoing fifth anniversary celebration in 2009, which also includes a package tour of New England and the forthcoming launch of a new series of rare, never-before-released and reissued music called The Hub Collection.


Creative Nation Music Announces Fifth Anniversary Showcase Tour Of New England

January 22, 2009

 Boston’s Creative Nation Music is proud to announce the initial dates of its Creative Nation Music Concert Showcase, a package tour with stops in three New England states featuring artists from its roster. 

This series of concerts, happening in February and March, is part of the label’s ongoing fifth anniversary celebration, which also includes new releases and the launch of a new series of rare, never-before-released and reissued music called The Hub Collection.

Founded in early 2004 by guitarist/composer Eric Hofbauer, Creative Nation Music specializes in documenting the Boston jazz scene’s most distinctive musical personalities.  The label will release Garrison Fewell‘s Variable Density Sound Orchestra (CNM 014) and The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra‘s Muse (CNM 015) on February 17th.

Creative Nation Music Concert Showcase dates:

Wednesday, February 4th at 7:30 p.m.
Garrison Fewell/Eric Hofbauer Duo + Eric Hofbauer & The Infrared Band
The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre
172 Exchange Street in Pawtucket, RI

Saturday, February 28th at 8:00 p.m.
Garrison Fewell/Eric Hofbauer Duo + Eric Hofbauer & The Infrared Band
West End Studio Theatre
959 Islington Street in Portsmouth, NH

Sunday, March 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Eric Hofbauer & The Infrared Band + The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra
Boston CD release party for Muse (CNM 015)
Cambridge Family YMCA Theater
820 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, MA

Other upcoming dates of note by label artists:

Friday, January 30th at 8:00 p.m.
Garrison Fewell’s Variable Density Sound Orchestra
Boston CD release party for Variable Density Sound Orchestra (CNM 014)
Cambridge Family YMCA Theater
820 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, MA

Sunday, February 8th at 2:00 p.m.
Garrison Fewell/Eric Hofbauer Duo
Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum
415 South Street in Waltham, MA

Wednesday, February 25th at 9:30 p.m.
Eric Hofbauer & The Infrared Band
The Fireplace
1634 Beacon Street in Brookline, MA


Creative Nation Music To Release New CDs From Garrison Fewell And Ayn Inserto In February

December 10, 2008

On February 17th, Boston’s Creative Nation Music will begin the celebration of its 5th anniversary with the release of two new recordings, Garrison Fewell‘s Variable Density Sound Orchestra (CNM 014) and The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra‘s Muse (CNM 015).  This is Fewell’s second release for the label, following 2008’s The Lady of Khartoum (CNM 010) with fellow guitarist Eric Hofbauer, and the label debut of Ms. Inserto’s longstanding 17-piece ensemble featuring special guest, George Garzone.  Founded in early 2004, Creative Nation Music is a respected outlet for new releases from the Boston jazz scene’s most distinctive musical personalities.

Variable Density Sound Orchestra is the self-titled debut of Fewell’s newest working ensemble featuring Hofbauer (guitars and percussion), Roy Campbell (trumpet, flugelhorn, flute and percussion), Achille Succi (bass clarinet and alto saxophone), John Voigt (bass), Miki Matsuki (drums) and Alex Fewell (percussion).  As the band’s name implies, its original music, composed and conceived by Fewell, explores a wide range of textures and musical interactions.  “The goal,” he explains, “is to create balance, allowing neither soloists, collective instant composing, or pre-composed material to dominate too long.”

“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.”

Fewell’s distinguished career as a performer and educator spans more than 30 years.  He has toured all around the world, including Africa, Canada, the Carribbean, Europe, South America and the United States.  His groups have featured such prominent musicians as Cameron Brown, George Cables, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, Khan Jamal, Charlie Kohlhase, Cecil McBee, John Tchicai and Matt Wilson among many others.  Also an internationally respected jazz educator, Fewell has been a Professor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music since 1977, given clinics at more than 40 European conservatories, written lessons for various guitar magazines and authored three jazz textbooks, including his latest, Jazz Improvisation For Guitar: A Melodic Approach (Berklee Press).

Muse is the follow-up to The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra’s self-released 2006 debut, Clairvoyance, which featured special guests Garzone and Ms. Inserto’s teacher and mentor, Bob Brookmeyer.  “There’s an energetic creative force on the horizon named Ayn Inserto, and based on this debut album, she’s Maria Schneider on steroids,” wrote reviewer Harvey Siders in JazzTimes.  Critics called it an “auspicious maiden voyage” (Jack Bowers, Cadence) and the music “new and unconventional, striking a different chord than what one usually expects from a big band project” (Edward Blanco, AllAboutJazz.com). 

This latest release, built around the theme of celebrating those who inspired her, features a mix of commissioned works, arrangements of three Garzone pieces and original compositions honoring Brookmeyer, Frank Foster and Steve Lacy among others.  “Her genius is that while her music is harmonically sophisticated, there is a sweet, flowing energy that makes it accessible and enjoyable for any palette,” writes Garzone in the liner notes.  “You can feel the personal touch in each piece ranging in emotions from remembrance to merriment, and hear the gratitude she has to each influence in her life.”

Ms. Inserto founded her ensemble, which features both Boston and New York-based musicians, in 2001 after receiving her Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Composition from New England Conservatory.  The group has since performed at venues such as The Berklee Performance Center and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.  A faculty member at both Berklee College of Music and Longy School of Music in Boston, Ms. Inserto has been commissioned by IAJE/ASCAP, California State East Bay and the Harvard University Jazz Band among others, and her music has been performed by a variety of ensembles at conferences, festivals and universities across Italy and North America.