John Ephland reviews Northern Noir with two other recent recordings that feature Ran:
Franco Pinna: Arpalegüera and Percussion. Andrew Rathbun: Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet, WX7 and Synths and Samplers.
Fun to collaborate with and old friend and incredible musician Franco Pinna, who has created his own instrument that he plays along with his percussion setup, that invokes the Andes, the Koto, and the Kora, all at the same time.
This was a really fun interview and performance with drummer Keith Hall and bassist John Hébert.
A new pandemic pursuit. A virtual recording with three of my faves:
Andrew Bishop, Jeff Lederer, Geof Bradfield: Search Committee!
Inspired by our times: Elegy
I am very excited about this new project. Ran Blake is one of my favorite musicians. He has one of the strongest personalitites on piano. I honestly did not know how this would turn out. I worked very hard on the music and trying to get into Ran’s world. This is some of my most economical playing that’s been documented.
All Music Guide review of the new Debussy CD:
Nice review of the new CD on Radio France:
Video promo for the upcoming release:
video by: Udo Prinsen’ @udoprinsen and @prinsen.studio
I am very excited about this project, a kaleidoscopic exploration of the composer’s iconic Préludes – both the original scores as played by prize-winning classical pianist Lori Sims and unique “reimaginings” performed by the jazz duo of saxophonist Andrew Rathbun and pianist Jeremy Siskind. “Impressions of Debussy” – produced by Grammy Award-winner Judith Sherman and to be released via CD, download and streaming by Centaur Records on May 15, 2020.
Cover art by WMU artist Cat L Crotchett
Downbeat Magazine – about our performance last saturday at Guimarães Jazz!
“The festival saved its best for last. Canadian saxophonist and composer Andrew Rathbun brought his 20-piece Large Ensemble to perform 2018’s glorious The Atwood Suites, inspired by and in tribute to writer Margaret Atwood. The full contralto voice of Luciana Souza, who sang on the recording, was the one element missing from this performance—though soprano Aubrey Johnson (who also appeared on the album) stepped in quite ably. With thrilling solos by saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff and guitarist Ricardo Pinheiro, as well as feature work throughout the concert by flugelhornist Tim Hagans, Rathbun and The Atwood Suites were easily the crown jewel of the festival’s final five nights.”
Jeremy Siskind and myself embark on the following dates presenting music from our upcoming CD “Impressions of Debussy” (due out in April on Centaur Records), where we play interpretations and improvisations based on Debussy’s famed Preludes.
Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble closes the 2019 festival with a performance of Atwood Suites, 9pm, November 16th
March 27th BPI Series, Dalton Center, Western Michigan University. Concert 7:30pm, pre-concert talk 7pm
March 28th Union Cabaret 7pm
March 28th Jazz Estate, Milwaukee 8pm
March 29th Fulton St. Collective, Chicago 9pm
Hope you can join us
Atwood Suites is nominated for a Juno Award:
New review of Atwood Suites
Lovely review in Jazz Port (Czech):