Garrison Fewell Featured In DownBeat

May 13, 2009
Photo by Rosetti © Phocus

Photo by Rosetti © Phocus

Veteran guitarist/composer Garrison Fewell is featured in the Players section of the June 2009 issue of DownBeat.

The article, written by Shaun Brady, discusses Fewell’s two recent releases, The Lady of Khartoum and Variable Density Sound Orchestra, on Boston’s Creative Nation Music label, as well as his long and distinguished career as a performer and educator.

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New Garrison Fewell Interview

March 12, 2009


A new interview with guitarist/composer Garrison Fewell is now posted at the popular French jazz blog, lessondugrisli.com.

The extensive Q&A covers a wide range of topics, including his two recent Creative Nation Music releases, The Lady of Khartoum (CNM 010) and Variable Density Sound Orchestra (CNM 014).


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.


New Reviews In The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings

January 12, 2009

As we announced here a month ago, the ninth and most recent edition of The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings was released in early December. 

After an exhaustive search of all 1545 pages of reviews, we bring you a list of the titles we’ve represented that received new reviews in this edition (below).

Many others were also included in this edition, but the content remained unchanged from the previous edition, released in November 2006.

Anthony Braxton 12+1tet, 9 Compositions (2006) (Firehouse 12 Records)
Charles Gayle, Time Zones (Tompkins Square)
Dave Rempis Quartet, Out of Season (482 Music)
Fewell/Hofbauer Duo, The Lady of Khartoum (Creative Nation Music)
Garrison Fewell, Red Door Number 11 (Splas(h) Records)
George Schuller, Hellbent (Playscape Recordings)
George Schuller Quintet, Round ‘Bout Now (Playscape)
George Schuller’s Circle Wide, Like Before, Somewhat After (Playscape)
Greg Burk, Ivy Trio (482 Music)
Greg Burk, Nothing, Knowing (482 Music)
Greg Burk, The Way In (482 Music)
Greg Burk Quartet, Carpe Momentum (Soul Note)
Greg Burk Trio, Checking In (Soul Note)
Harris Eisenstadt, The Soul and Gone (482 Music)
JD Parran & Mark Deutsch, OMEGATHORP: Living City (Y’All of New York)
Mario Pavone Quartet, Boom (Playscape)
Mario Pavone Sextet, Deez to Blues (Playscape)
Matt Bauder, Weary Already of the Way (482 Music)
Michael Musillami Trio with Mark Feldman, The Treatment (Playscape)
Michel Lambert, Out Twice (482 Music)
Mike Reed, In The Context Of (482 Music)
Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly, Last Year’s Ghost (482 Music)
Peter Evans Quartet, The Peter Evans Quartet (Firehouse 12 Records)
Principle Hope, Principle Hope (Sublingual)
Rob Reddy’s Gift Horse, A Hundred Jumping Devils (Reddy Music)
Rob Reddy’s Small Town, The Book of the Storm (Reddy Music)
Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara, True Events (482 Music)
Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet, The Middle Picture (Firehouse 12 Records)
Tchicai/Fewell/Tracanna, Big Chief Dreaming (Soul Note)
The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Rip Tear Crunch (482 Music)
The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Hunter-Gatherers (482 Music)
Thomas Chapin Trio, Ride (Playscape )
Tom Abbs, The Animated Adventures of Knox (482 Music)


The Lady Of Khartoum Gets Her Due

January 8, 2009

The new year has started off rosy for Boston-based guitarists Garrison Fewell and Eric Hofbauer, whose 2008 duo release, The Lady of Khartoum (Creative Nation Music), has received some positive, if belated praise, in a few prominent places.

The Penguin Guide to Jazz, Ninth Edition:
“…this extraordinary duo session makes most of Bill Frisell’s records seem one-dimensional.” 

Nathan Turk in Signal To Noise, Winter 2009:
“This freewheeling pan-cultural duo helps show that jazz’s family tree has some pretty deep roots.”

Karen Hogg in AllAboutJazz-New York, January 2009:
“Tracks like ‘Dogon Delta Blues’ and ‘Devil at the Salang Pass’ are adventurous and quirky, exploring the boundaries of the guitar’s sonic possibilities. ‘Farsighted Friendship’, a John Tchicai composition (Fewell is a long-time collaborator), is a fitting closing tune, beautiful and contemplative.” 

A compilation of this recording’s earlier reviews can be found here.

The Fewell/Hofbauer Duo will be performing a handful of dates around the Northeast next month as part of a package tour of Creative Nation Music artists celebrating the label’s fifth anniversary. Details are forthcoming.


AAJ-NY’s Best Of 2008

December 30, 2008

We’re pleased to report that several of our clients are honored in AllAboutJazz-New York‘s Best of 2008 feature in the January 2009 issue. Please find the details below.

The complete issue, also featuring a cover story on William Parker, is available free in venues and jazz-related sites all over New York and downloadable as a PDF by clicking here.

Congratulations to all the musicians, labels and organizations named among the year’s best.

Record Labels of the Year:
AUM Fidelity

Performances of the Year:
Billy Bang/Kidd Jordan/William Parker/Hamid Drake @ Vision Festival XIII
William Parker’s Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield @ Vision Festival XIII

Albums of the Year:
Mario Pavone, Trio Arc (Playscape Recordings)

Vocal Releases of the Year:
Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks, Imagination: The Music of Joe Raposo (Yeah Yeah Records) 

Tribute Recordings of the Year:
Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks, Imagination: The Music of Joe Raposo (Yeah Yeah Records) 

Debut Albums of the Year:
Mary Halvorson Trio, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records) 

Honorable Mention:
Bill Dixon, 17 Musicians In Search Of A Sound: Darfur (Arts for Art/AUM Fidelity) 
Garrison Fewell/Eric Hofbauer, The Lady of Khartoum (Creative Nation Music)
Nicole Mitchell, Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute To Octavia Butler (Firehouse 12 Records)
William Parker, Double Sunrise Over Neptune (Arts for Art/AUM Fidelity)
William Parker Quartet, Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity)
George Schuller’s Circle Wide, Like Before, Somewhat After (Playscape Recordings)