“The last three tracks in particular find the group really hitting a galvanizing stride and crafting a series of bracing contrapuntal passages. ‘Instigation Quartet #6’ unfolds as a succession of duets, the first an explosive dialogue between Jordan and Abrams, the next a slow burn from Albert and Drake before moving on to an invigorating ensemble section and roof-raising solo by Jordan. Tenor and trombone converse and cavort in ornate arcs with a level of close confluence complemented by bass and drums. It’s a consensus that carries over into the closer, a collective leap through the indelible finger-snapping groove of Anderson’s ‘The Strut.’”
For the week of March 19, “The Tree on the Mound” by Jeff Albert’s Instigation Quartet was number 6 on the jazz chart on KDHX in St. Louis.
The Tree on the Mound is the new CD by Jeff Albert’s Instigation Quartet featuring Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, and Joshua Abrams, released by the Paris based RogueArt Label.
Get more information on the label website. Ordering direct from the label will give the most support to the people who work hard and take risks to release good music. Order here, especially if you are in Europe.
Thanks for listening.
I will be performing at the Inaugural ICIT Symposium at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine on Friday March 1, 2013 at 8 pm. More info at http://music.arts.uci.edu/icit/symposium13/
Recording at Vital Sounds with Chicago guitarist Steve Marquette, and his New Orleans Quintet which includes Brad Walker, Marcello Benetti, Jesse Morrow, and me.
My article “Improvisation as Tool and Intention:Organizational Approaches in Laptop Orchestras and Their Effect on Personal Musical Practices” has just been published in Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation.” View the entire issue at http://www.criticalimprov.com/issue/view/142.
In advance of Jeb Bishop’s 50th Birthday celebration in Chicago, Neil Tesser said some nice things about my appearance at the celebration.
“I’ll recommend any excuse to hear Albert in Chicago. … he shapes the most hyper-expressive trombone techniques into precisely sculpted solos, with a big, powerful tone reminiscent of the old-school tailgaters”
Last weekend’s tour of Texas with the Log Ladies has generated my favorite piece of press ever.
” Oh yea, the Ladies of the Log are playing with Jeff Albert (trombonist): he is kind of a big deal.”
Emphasis added by me.
It is an honor to have made the Rising Star Trombone list in the 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll.