Moment’s Notice (page 2):
“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.
The Jazz Session » The Jazz Session #420: Jeff Albert
**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.
Jeff Albert Instigation Quartet, The Tree on the Mound (Album Review – offbeat.com): “The art and practice of listening is both difficult and underemphasized in our current world. Starting from the first cut on this great quartet recording led by trombonist Jeff Albert, it is easy to hear how much listening is happening on this record.”
“Whether performing or producing his Open Ears Music series in New Orleans, trombonist Jeff Albert excels at using his own talent to bolster that of his peers. It’s an idiosyncrasy that shines through on his excellent new disc. At the heart of The Tree On The Mound are four improvised “Instigation Quartet” pieces. While Albert gives saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan plenty of space to do his thing, the trombonist also brings a delicate balance of deference and leadership—a combo that allows the music to shape-shift from kinetic and cerebral (“Instigation Quartet #6”) to witty (“Instigation Quartet #4”) to sublime (“The Strut”).”
I am once again honored to be in such good company, with the other Rising Star Trombonists in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll.
“The Tree on the Mound” was named a Recommended New Release by Andrey Henkin in the June issue of The New York City Jazz Record.
From the review:
There is a pleasing variance between Albert’s tuneful and rhythmically straightforward bluster and Jordan’s unfettered but emotionally ambivalent tonality. That opposition persists whatever the tactics and stands as one of the strong suits of this album.
Dusted Reviews: Jeff Albert’s Instigation Quartet – The Tree on the Mound:
“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.
In advance of Jeb Bishop’s 50th Birthday celebration in Chicago, Neil Tesser said some nice things about my appearance at the celebration.
Trombonist Jeb Bishop turns 50 with birthday bash at Green Mill – Chicago Jazz music | Examiner.com:
“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.
SYSTM, the Log Ladies, Lunch Money [Show Preview]: Austinist:
” Oh yea, the Ladies of the Log are playing with Jeff Albert (trombonist): he is kind of a big deal.”
Emphasis added by me.