“Albert leads a Quintet featuring Tim Sullivan (alto sax), Robin Boudreaux (tenor sax), Nobu Ozaki (bass) and Dave Capello (drums) through 2 sets of blues-drenched, soul stirring music. Recorded just last week (November 7th) ast the opening concert of the Open Ears Music Series at the Blue Nile in the Crescent City, the 2 sets have separate personalities. Set 1 strikes this listener as a bluesy excursion into Ornette Coleman country. Capello’s drums really push, at times sounding like as big-band player driving the ensemble and other times when he suggest the tempo and colors with his cymbals. Most of the music flows naturally, with plenty of dynamic shading, solo time, and occasional Ellington-like ensemble harmonies. The ‘front line’ often has ‘conversations’ but never steps on each other’s musical toes.
Set 2 has more of the same interplay, with a little more ‘fire’ from the saxophonists and harder rhythms. Albert is generous with solo space so one hears plenty of Sullivan’s keening alto and Boudreaux’s rich yet gruff tenor sounds. Albert’s sound hints at ‘gutbucket’ soul, at the funky tones of Albert Mangelsdorf and Ray Anderson, and the smoother stylings of Ellington trombonist Lawrence Brown, often in the space of a single solo. He’s his own man and the music reflects his ‘universal’ taste. “
Here is a pic that Justin took of the quintet at the first Open Ears concert.
l to r: Robin Boudreaux, Tim Sullivan, and Jeff (Nobu Ozaki and Dave Cappello were heard but not seen from this angle)
I think I have finished the recent site redesign. You’ll see the Upcoming Events listed in the sidebar, instead of on their own page. I think this will be a little more efficient for you and me.
I will be playing bass trombone with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for the rest of this season (through May). I am not listing these performances on this website’s events calendar. Go to the LPO’s site (www.lpomusic.com) for all of the info about that schedule.
It is a real honor to be able to play with such a great orchestra. A very wise man told me he thinks this to be a golden age for the LPO, and my ears are agreeing with him.
Lucky 7s – Farragut
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1) Stitch (Jeb Bishop, BMI) mp3 sample
2) Swirling (Jeff Albert, BMI)
3) It’s Something To Try. For Today, At Least. (M. Golombisky, Tomorrow Music, BMI)
4) Belgrade (Jeb Bishop, BMI) mp3 sample
5) 504 No More…? (Jeff Albert, BMI) mp3 sample
6) Farragut (Jeb Bishop, BMI)
7) Bucktown Special (Jeff Albert, BMI) mp3 sample
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Jeff Albert – trombone and tuba
Josh Berman – cornet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Matthew Golombisky – bass and effects
Keefe Jackson – tenor saxophone and bass clarinet
Quin Kirchner – drums
Produced by Jeff Albert, John Worthington, and Jeb Bishop
Recorded live at The Hungry Brain in Chicago on March 5, 2006, except
“504 No More…?” recorded March 4, 2006 at Enemy in Chicago.
Recorded by James Wagner (Strobe Recording, Chicago)
Mixed and mastered by John Worthington
Jeff Albert “One” Lakefront Digital LFD-2-005
with: Ray Moore on saxes, Edwin Livingston on bass, and Dave Cappello on drums
All Compositions by Jeff Albert (BMI)
Sorbet remixed by John Worthington from an improvisation by Jeff Albert and Ray Moore
Produced by John Worthington
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Sizzling Sausage Skin
Erica’s Black Sandals
Lunch is the Question
Recorded by Richard Bird at Audiophile Studio in New Orleans, LA.
on November 29, 2004
Mixed and mastered by John Worthington for Lakefront Digital.
Albert-Ankrum Project(Lakefront Digital LFD-2-001) 2001
“…an adventurous yet grooving program…” Jonathan Tabak – Offbeat Magazine
“…promising, free-thinking debut.” Keith Spera – Times-Picayune
“A fine effort by a promising jazz ensemble.” Michael Dominici – Where Y’at Magazine
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Salvador(Larry Ankrum/ Jeff Albert, BMI) mp3
It Cannot Be Exhausted By Use (Larry Ankrum, BMI)
Darling (Louis Romanos, Threnogin Music, BMI)
Ôtoon?s Tune (Larry Ankrum, BMI) mp3
Thaddeus (Jeff Albert, BMI) mp3
Norwegian Wood (Lennon/McCartney, arr. J. Albert)
Night Baby (Jeff Albert, BMI)
Psycho Kitty (Jeff Albert, BMI)
Jeff Albert (trombone), Larry Ankrum (saxophones), Casandra Ankrum (electric bass), Jesse Lewis or Steve Masakowski (guitar), and Louis Romanos or Ricky Sebastian (drums).
As you can see, I have messed with the site some more. I hope you like it.
Jeff with Rob Wagner’s Trio featuring Hamid Drake and Nobu Ozaki.
Jeff with Sam Rivers and Jonathan Freilich after Sam performed with The Naked Orchestra.
The Luckys 7s at The Hungry Brain for the live recording of Farragut.
At The Charleston in Chicago with Jason Roebke, Dave Rempis, Frank Rosaly, and Jeb Bishop.
Mike Reed, Jim Baker, Jeff Albert, and Jeb Bishop at Sylvie’s in Chicago.
Jeff with Big Sammie Williams, Steve Turre, and Kirk Joseph backstage at the International Trombone Festival Jazz Night in 2005.
Tom Scott, Barney Floyd, and Jeff rehearsing with the Funk Brothers.
Backstage with The Funk Brothers.
With Stevie Wonder at the New Orleans Arena
With Naked on the Floor at dba.
With Jimbo Walsh
With the Diesel Conduction Orchestra
Jeff with Sonny Russo in 1997.
“Jeff’s recording is fun, and funny, and as directly connected to the progressive stream of jazz as any music you’ve heard recently. Jeff gets it. The music is fresh, personal, and despite his best intentions, accessible. You’ll not only play this recording more than once, you’ll end up sampling it, which he encourages, by the way. And it sounds good too.”
John Snyder (Producer for Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, and many others)
“unreal, gorgeous, crazy, rudely alive”
David Biedny – Author
“…an aggressive ensemble delving into the intricacies of group improvisation…”
“Albert blows with gusto, sparking the quartet with his occasional gruffness, but he
maintains an ever flowing sense of continuity and enthusiasm…”
Cadence Magazine – September ‘05
Steve Swell– Musician
“Congrats on the new recording, Jeff! Nice band, you must be very happy. It’s cool to hear you digging in with some real roots- trombone over the more modern settings- it makes for an interesting blend. Keep it up!”
Josh Roseman – Musician
“Trombone virtuoso Jeff Albert…is known for his ability to jump from traditional to modern music without a hitch.”
David Kunian, Gambit Weekly, May 24, 2005
“His compositions allow for an abundance of free improvisation while also embracing melodic cores and a range of rhythms.”
Geraldine Wyckoff, offbeat Magazine, July 2005
“Jeff has impressive mainstream jazz credentials and chops, but he now draws his inspiration more from the space ways than from the fake book. You should go give him a listen.”
Benjamin Lyons – Producer/Writer/Music Lover
“The album benefits from the contrasting personalities of its two
main writers. Bishop’s pieces…[are] long and multi-segmented;
one moment their attractive melodies coast on vigorously swinging
rhythms, the next they tumble in a free improv freefall.
Albert’s tunes …”Swirling” and “504 No More…?” are tinged
with tragedy, but “Bucktown Special” shakes off melancholy with a
funky groove and joyous horn solos that unfurl over Jason
Adasiewicz’s vibes like flags behind a parade float.”
Bill Meyer in Downbeat March 2007
“The ensemble plays a raucous, yet controlled form of Jazz that
has some of the joy of old New Orleans style yet is thoroughly
Post-Bop in its inflections.”
“The opening piece, “Stitch,” is a microcosm of all that is
strong in this band. Swinging ensemble, an interesting head, a
dynamic rhythm section that builds intensity in response to the
heat of some great solos.”
“This is modern ensemble Jazz of the highest caliber.”
Grego Applegate Edwards in Cadence February 2007
“Neatly balancing abstraction with fat, chewy grooves, the band
gleefully stomps through compositions by co-leaders Jeb Bishop
and Jeff Albert, pulling back occasionally for stark atmospherics
or somber ensemble sections.”
Forrest Dylan Bryant in Jazz Times January/February 2007
“…this intensely rhythmic and instrumental restlessness that
pervades the entire session…”
“…beautiful, yet raucous energy…”
“It’s a simply excellent album…”
Jay Collins in Signal To Noise Spring 2007