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.
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.
“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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Hand numbered limited run of 200 Cds.
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The new Magnetic Ear disc is out. I don’t have copies directly for sale, but you can hear samples and buy them here: Louisiana Music Factory – Live At The Saturn Bar by Magnetic Ear
We had a fun time with the Saturn Bar run last summer, and the disc is a good representation of what the hang was like. I also did a good bit of the technical work on this disc, and I am very proud of it.
From the Open Ears Music Mash Up v.1
(l to r) Nick Sanzenbach, Dave Cappello, Jonathan Freilich, and Jeff
“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