offBeat review of BoX3 – prototype

offBeat review of BoX3 – prototype:

“Dan Oestreicher’s modular synthesizer and Justin Peake’s software environments lead to a fascination with texture, and there is a very cool interplay between the trombone and the not-found-in-nature sounds they create and process. The trio is definitely more sensitive to dynamics than many improvised music groups are, so nothing turns into a musical hailstorm, and that, too, is encouraging.”

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BoX3 – protoype reviewed in Gambit Weekly : CD Reviews : January 29, 2008

Gambit Weekly : CD Reviews : January 29, 2008:

Over the past few months, the close-knit experimental jazz scene in New Orleans has been evolving at breakneck speed, thanks in part to the trio behind this limited edition project ‘ only 200 copies were made. Trombonist Jeff Albert’s weekly curated Open Ears Music Series at the Blue Nile has served as an incubator for spontaneous live collaborations from local improvisers, and Prototype is something like a version of those live variations. As science-y sounding as the title, the album is sonically understated, yet complex. It plays like a collection of lost sounds naturally magnetizing to one another and then spinning off into the atmosphere. Muted synthesizers and computer-generated tones crackle and buzz gently, as the more organic-sounding scraps of horn swell and fall away. It’s a record that sounds as if it were made by intelligent musical magpies, weaving together a spare, asymmetrical tapestry of sound.

Lucky 7s in Cadence year end lists

The Lucky 7s CD, Farragut, made the top of Grego Edwards’ 2007 Record Poll list in Cadence Magazine. Even though the CD came out in late 2006, it was reviewed in Cadence in 2007, so it qualified for the 2007 lists. It’s nice to still be on someone’s mind so many months later. We’re in pretty good company too, other people on Grego’s list include Roscoe Mitchell, Peter Kowald, and Steve Swell.

Magnetic Ear on TuscaloosaNews.com

MUSIC REVIEW: Magnetic Ear’s new album delivers | TuscaloosaNews.com:

“Another strong instrumental voice (and another reason that ‘Live at Saturn Bar’ has the overtones of a Shepp ensemble) is Jeff Albert on trombone. He, too, makes a fine solo statement on the Thelonious Monkish-funkish ‘Thrift City’, followed by a drums and sousaphone interplay.

And on Strayhorn’s ‘A Flower is a Lovesome Thing,’ Albert uses his mute to ‘growl’ like trumpeter Bubber Miley, a member of Ellington’s famed ‘Jungle Band.'”

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Nice review of the Open Ears show on Hartford Courant blog

Richard Kamins | See! Hear!: Music from Here and There:

“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. “