Thursday, September 15, 2016

Shawn Baltazor - Lionsong (feat. Seamus Blake, Ben Monder, Sam Harris & Ben Street) 2016 FRESH SOUND NEW TALENT

Drummer/Composer Shawn Baltazor, originally from the California Bay Area, was exposed early on to it’s richly diverse musical environment. He began performing professionally at the age of 10 with musical groups ranging from Rock and Roll to Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Moving to the east coast in his late teens to pursue his studies, he attended the renown William Paterson University where he was featured in performances with legends Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Kenny Garrett and more.

Baltazor has performed internationally at the Festival International des Musiques Noires d’Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire, the Jazzablanca Festival in Cassablanca, Morocco and the Risonanze Festival in Venice, Italy. US performances include the Kennedy Center, JVC Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall as well as many of New York City’s Jazz clubs. He has composed multiple scores for the New York City-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, having them performed by live chamber ensembles. As a performer and composer, his individual sound has been sought after more recently by a wide range of artists including Eric Reed, Kermit Driscoll and Grammy Nominee Darcy James Argue, with which he has premiered several works.

01. We’ve Been Expecting You 0:21
02. Folklore 7:47
03. Pathways 7:20
04. Nostalgia 3:56
05. Chance 5:39
06. With Each Breath 6:58
07. Momentum 9:34
08. A Beautiful Wind 6:04
09. Danse 6:39
10. Adrift 3:52
11. Fantasia 4:29
12. King of Kings 2:16

All songs written and arraged by Shawn Baltazor
Strings on #11 arranged by Julia Korodi

Seamus Blake (tenor & soprano sax)
Sam Harris (piano)
Ben Monder (guitars)
Ben Street (bass)
Shawn Baltazor (drums & percussion)
Christina Courtin (viola)
Clarice Jensen (cello)
Jacob Silver (double bass)
Shawn Conley (double bass on #1 & 12)
Julia Korodi (violin)
Peter Pejtsik (cello)
Bill Goodwin (triangle on #11)
Megan Conley (harp on #4)

Recorded at Peter Karl Studios, Brooklyn, New York January 2014

Mixed by Shawn Baltazor & Ben Rubin
Mastered by Gene Paul at G&J Audio

Artwork by Lorene Taurerewa
Design: Leonie Cicirello