Ralph Alessi, trumpet / Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax / Kris Davis, piano / Drew Gress, bass / Tom Rainey, drums
The ensemble dedicates itself to the re-distribution of melody and improvisation on the standard song form and contribute their creativity to a group improvisation that expresses the jazz standard in a fresh way. "…One of the most persuasive modern recordings of established standards in some time…" - Troy Collins (All About Jazz)
Darius Jones, alto sax / Bill McHenry, tenor sax / Eric Revis, bass / Chad Taylor, drums
One of the most talented and accomplished musicians of his generation, Grammy Award-winning bassist and composer Eric Revis has, over the past 15 years, become an important voice in jazz.A musical polyglot, Revis is comfortable in any setting, any direction. His skills as a band leader and composer are equally profound and inspiring.
J.D. Allen, tenor sax / Victor Gould, piano / Alexander Claffy, bass / Jonathan Barber, drums
Every new recording by tenor saxophonist JD Allen serves to solidify his reputation as one of the finest, most adventurous young musicians playing today. With a gently swinging, very personal vibrato he weaves his way into territory that he has charted for himself. His unique sound on the tenor combines the elemental sadness of the blues, the solemnity of gospel and ultimately the elemental joy in the creative process.
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor + alto sax /Tim Berne, alto saxophone /Ben Gerstein, trombone /Dan Peck, tuba /Tom Rainey, drums
This exciting new group performs Ingrid Laubrock's latest compositions, written for saxophones/brass + drums. The compositions are taylor-made for this cast of hand-picked musicians who are all great improvisers and interpreters of creative new music alike as well as able to play complex rhythmic material. Their debut CD will be released on Firehouse 12 in May 2015.
Jen Shyu, , vocals, dance, piano, Taiwanese moon lute, Korean gayageum /Mat Maneri, viola /Randy Peterson, drums
“Ms. Shyu is among New York’s most invigorating vocal presences. And perhaps the most enigmatic.” Larry Blumenfeld, The Wall Street Journal
Miles Okazaki, guitar /Donny McCaslin, alto sax /François Moutin, bass /Dan Weiss, drums
His music requires no understanding of the intellectual concepts to be fully appreciated. The band translates Okazaki's brilliant ideas into music that is not only thought-provoking, but more importantly, captivating and moving.
Chris Speed, tenor sax/ Matt Mitchell, piano /Chris Tordini, bass /Dan Weiss, drums
Piano progressive Matt Mitchell has made waves in recent years, as a sideman in bands led by Tim Berne, Darius Jones and Dave Douglas, and with Fiction, his 2013 debut as a leader. “He’s a master of evaporating tones, and every chord he plays is broken crystal — sharp and translucent.” -Giovanni Russonello, The Gig