Here are two videos from our July 2014 tour. These were shot at a lovely house concert in Raleigh, NC.
For Downbeat Magazine’s 80th Anniversary, they published a list of the 80 coolest things in jazz. #41 is New Orleans, and Open Ears got a brief mention in the article:
At…events like Jeff Albert’s Open Ears Music Series, improvising players innovate new sonic concepts on the fly, giving listeners direct and immediate access to their creative process.
Kind words from Bill Meyer in his Still Single review of the new Steve Marquette album.
“There and everywhere, trombonist Jeff Albert connects the dots between freeform blubber, steeplechase charge, and languid ardor so naturally that the distance between his stylistic touchstones never even comes to mind.”
“The Tree on the Mound” was released in January, but fortunately a few nice folks still remember it in December. It received an “Honorable Mention” in the New York City Jazz Record Best of 2013 list, and was named as one of nola.com’s Best Jazz Records of 2013. Both lists put us in some humbling company.
Thanks for a great 2013. See you next year.
“Maybe it’s the laconic, conversational drawl that is half-expected from New Orleans musicians, but the dialogue between Albert’s trombone and Jordan’s tenor is tight, buttery and telepathic, their interplay granted both complex measurement and an easy, yarn-spinning collectivity.”
Follow the above link the read the entire review by Clifford Allen.
The Jazz Session, a jazz podcast produced by Jason Crane, is making a comeback. Back in February of 2012, I recorded an interview with Jason, and it never was released because he ended the show before the CD that we spent much of the interview discussing was released. Well that CD is out now, and the show is returning, and our interview is now available. Follow the link below to hear it.
**A couple of notes:
I have since finished the dissertation that we talked about in the interview. If you are having trouble sleeping and would like to read it, it is here: http://research.jeffalbert.com/imp/
The CD order changed a bit since I sent him music before the interview, and one of the tunes he plays in the show, is not actually on the CD. Mixes changed some too, so the bass sounds better on the CD than on the podcast.