“Albert and Cappello have been playing together for over a decade, and both are masters at going beyond notes into shading, coloring, and more pure music. “
Follow the link to read the full review from offbeat Magazine.
The new CD from Long Sidewalks, which features Jeb Bishop, was released on May 26, 2015, and is available in digital format from all the standard places. You can buy the physical CD through the Breakfast for Dinner Records bandcamp page, and that includes high quality downloads as well.
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My new CD with Dave Cappello will be released on March 24, 2015, and will be available in digital format from all the standard places. You can buy the physical CD through the Breakfast for Dinner Records bandcamp page, and that includes high quality downloads as well.
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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.
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Jeb Bishop, trombone (guitar on “The Dan Hang”) / Jeff Albert, trombone, bass trombone / Josh Berman, cornet / Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone / Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone /Matthew Golombisky, double bass (electric bass on “The Dan Hang”) / Quin Kirchner, drums
Click on any title for an mp3 excerpt.
Compositions 1, 6, 7 & 8 by Jeb Bishop (BMI), 2 by Quin Kirchner (BMI), 3, 5 & 9 by Jeff Albert (BMI) and 4 by Keefe Jackson (BMI)
Recorded July 19 & 20, 2007 at Strobe Recording, Chicago, IL by James Wagner assisted by Gary
Schepers / Additional recording by Matthew Golombisky / Mixed by Jeff Albert and Jeb Bishop
Mastered by Jeff Albert / Produced by Jeff Albert and Jeb Bishop / Executive production by Trem Azul /
Photo by Laurie Herbert / Design by Travassos
I used to have some of these to sell directly, but I am now out of them. The Jazz Record Mart and Downtown Music Gallery each had them in stock, the last time I checked. Of course direct from the label works too.
You can also buy legal downloads of this album in all the usual places.
New Orleans trombonist Jeff Albert releases Similar in the Opposite Way, a high-spirited and experimental quartet exploration.
Similar in the Opposite Way (mp3 excerpt)
I Was Just Looking for My Pants (mp3 excerpt)
9th Ward Trotsky (mp3 excerpt)
Subtle Flower (mp3 excerpt)
Chalk & Chocolate (mp3 excerpt)
Bag Full of Poboys (mp3 excerpt)
(Could Have Been a) Napkin (mp3 excerpt)
Folk Song (mp3 excerpt)
Morph My Cheese (mp3 excerpt)
Rooskie Cyclist (mp3 excerpt)
All compositions by Jeff Albert (BMI). All excerpts are 128k VBR mp3s.
Jeff Albert – trombone
Ray Moore – alto saxophone
Tom Sciple – bass
Dave Cappello – drums
In conjunction with Fora Sound records, New Orleans-based trombonist and composer Jeff Albert is thrilled to announce the high-energy new release from his quartet. The ten tracks on offer thrust New Orleans back toward the genre-busting sounds so firmly associated with its proud heritage as Albert and company explore and reconstruct the boundaries between improvisation and composition.
When we think of New Orleans and the music emanating from that great city, the term “experimental” does not leap immediately to mind. Albert and his quartet will change all that. Albert grew up in the tradition, as it were. “I was a real J.J. Johnson fan, and for me, it was hard-core bebop for a while.” He also considers himself fortunate to perform with some of the artists that defined New Orleans’ classic funk and Rhythm and Blues sounds. His appearance on recordings such as Deacon John’s Jump Blues (alongside Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and Wardell Quezergue), not to mention his work with George Porter and Gatemouth Brown, have given him invaluable insight into his city’s rich heritage. He maintains that his music demonstrates a strong allegiance to his home town, no matter how far out it may seem.
His musical vision expanded incrementally until the autumn of 2004, when his head was turned around at a Steve Swell Fire into Music performance. Similar in instrumentation if not in execution, the group afforded Albert a moment of evolution. Seeing the direction in which his music now lay, he formed the Jeff Albert quartet, recording the group’s debut album, One, within eight weeks of the Swell concert. The quartet currently features saxophonist Ray Moore, drummer Dave Cappello and bassist Tommy Sciple. These events also proved to be the impetus for the Open Ears Music Series, a Tuesday night concert series that hosts like-minded musicians from around the world. Albert claims influence from the Hungry Brain series in Chicago, whose aims and methods are similar.
Albert’s connection to Chicago goes far beyond emulation. After Katrina, he phoned up long-time friend Jeb Bishop, and the two of them agreed that Albert should come up and that they should form a group that joined New Orleans and Chicago forces. The Lucky 7s resulted, their first disc released in 2006 to great acclaim and a second on the way in 2009.
Similar in the Opposite Way brings what Albert labels the New Orleans/Chicago continuum into sharp focus. Albert insists that New Orleans is represented by the groove, and his assertion is born out by the funky slam of a track like “Bag Full of Poboys.” Cappello kicks it into action, Albert, Moore and Sciple digging into the slinkily catchy head with tasty slides and occasional vibrato associated with such New Orleans veterans as Johnny Dodds and Kid Ory. Playing just around the beat, relaxed but swinging with high energy, there is nevertheless a certain coolness and reserve that invokes Ken Vandermark’s projects, or the various Chicago Underground groups in their more introspective moments. At the melody’s conclusion, dissonance takes over, Albert’s composition entering Vandermark 5 territory, but by the time the solos begin, overt reference takes a back seat. Each soloist brings years of experience to bear on a compositional language in which innovation and tradition coexist without the need for obvious cross-reference.
“Poboys” might be seen as a blueprint for the album, which is a showcase for Albert’s varied compositional vision. There’s no denying the deep swing of the title track as it conjures reminiscences of “Miles’ Mode.” Yet, the dual soloing of Albert and Moore often invokes Stravinskian counterpoint over the solid groove laid down by Sciple and Cappello, the latter jumping on the neoclassical bandwagon with a few well-timed excursions into march rhetoric. Stravinsky rears his head more obviously on the brief and rhythmically amorphous “Chalk and Chocolate.” “I was just Looking for my Pants” runs the gamut from polyrhythmic cross-talk to sparse pointilisms and long-drawn ghost-tones, traversing style with jump-cut precision and humor. Then, there are the gorgeous chamber-jazz musings of “Subtle Flower,” it’s head almost a chant-like reverie of unisons in a style that Albert likens to a sort of ballad. Particularly effecting is when Sciple and Moore double the melody in octaves as Albert intertwines contrapuntal passages of exquisite intricacy, eschewing the normal group/soloist hierarchy in favor of a more collective feel. Harmony is never overt, but implications abound, enhanced by Albert and Moore’s warmth of tone and varied articulation.
Despite the strikingly cosmopolitan nature of these compositions, Albert insists that he designed them for the players. “I wanted to provide settings to stimulate improvisations with the goal of maintaining musical interest and diversity over the course of a performance.” This he has done, as each piece conjures a world of expression and dynamism. It’s the musicians that make this music work, as they were integral to its conception. The symbiotic relationship between composer and group, both informed by multiple geographical and musical influences, is the reason the album’s title is so appropriate. The Jeff Albert Quartet has fashioned a mature artistic statement that embraces tradition without ever being enslaved to it.
Hand numbered limited run of 200 Cds.
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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.