From Alex Rawls‘s piece on nola.com:
Improvised music alive and well — and growing — in New Orleans | NOLA.com: “Albert’s music works both sides of that wobbly fence. Sunday night, he and his quartet will feature jazz, semi-improvised and fully improvised music at Snug Harbor, but unless you’re listening closely, it will rarely be obvious which is which. His musical instincts rarely run to atonal squeaks and skronks, and his choices are influenced by the players around him.”
Dave Cappello & Jeff Albert with William Parker: New Normal:
“If sentimentality is the synonym of nostalgia, then the antonym is anticipation, and maybe a better word would be modernity. That word comes to mind spinning the trio recording New Normal by trombonist Jeff Albert, drummer Dave Cappello and their guest, bassist William Parker. “
Long Sidewalks, Staffa (Album Review): “The whole record has swaggering, confident swing to it that will make fans of more mainstream jazz and those who favor the avant-garde side of things happy when the great music of Long Sidewalks comes out of their speakers, headphones, or ear buds.”
Dave Cappello & Jeff Albert, Duets 2014 (Album Review):
“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.
Once again, the people who vote in the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll have been so kind as to include my name in the list of Rising Star Trombonists.
These things can mean a lot, and they can mean nothing. It is nice to be in such good company, and nice that the list is not all dudes this year.
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.
STILL SINGLE – Steve Marquette Quintet – I Knew It Then LP (Two Cities Records):
“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.
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.