Three Great Releases Out Now on Sunnyside!
Dan Tepfer's Eleven Cages (6/2)!
Ft. Thomas Morgan & Nate Wood!
Dan Tepfer — whom New York magazine dubbed “one of the moment’s most adventurous and relevant musicians” — has criss-crossed the globe over the past several years.
The broad success of the pianist’s 2011 album Goldberg Variations / Variations — an improvisational exploration of J.S. Bach’s masterpiece — led to packed concerts from London’s Wigmore Hall, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and SF Jazz in San Francisco to events in Berlin, Prague, Tokyo, Vancouver and Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge, with The New York Times declaring the latter performance “riveting and inspiring.” Tepfer followed that with Small Constructions, a studio-savvy 2013 album with reed player Ben Wendel, as well as his ongoing collaboration with sax icon Lee Konitz.
Then there was Tepfer’s composing of fractal music for classical groups and his fascinating algorithmic music project, Acoustic Informatics. Now — kicking off what will be one of his most productive years yet — Tepfer presents Eleven Cages, a trio album with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Nate Wood to be released by Sunnyside Records on June 2, 2017.
The seemingly telepathic trio performs a sequence of hook-heavy Tepfer originals, two free-improv pieces and irresistible interpretations of a classic ballad (Gershwin’s “I Loves You, Porgy”) and an iconic pop hit (Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”).
Adam Kolker's Beckon (6/2)!
Ft. Steve Cardenas & Billy Mintz!
For the past couple of years, woodwind master and composer Adam Kolker has led a dynamic and wide-ranging trio featuring Billy Mintz, an outstanding drummer and composer with whom Kolker has played with regularly for years, and the brilliant guitarist Steve Cardenas. The empathetic interaction between the three musicians makes for fascinating, moving music. For his latest recording, Beckon, Kolker presents the trio along with a number of pieces featuring a woodwind ensemble.
Kolker’s overdubbing of woodwinds has been an important element of his recorded output. With this new project Kolker wanted to more fully integrate the wind ensemble with the trio, and he assembled a fantastic group of professional woodwind players, namely flautist Lawrence Feldman, clarinetist David Gould, and bassoonist Jackie Henderson.
Carlos Franzetti & Allison Brewster Franzetti - Luminosa (5/26)!
Ft. City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra!
Argentinean composer/arranger Carlos Franzetti is well known for his devotion in bridging the gaps between jazz, classical and Argentinean folkloric music, especially tango. His efforts have led to fruitful collaborations with many important musicians and ensembles. None has been more important than the work he has done with his wife, the concert pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti, and his regular orchestra, The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
For their new recording, Luminosa, Franzetti and Brewster Franzetti join the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra once again to record a collection of pieces by Franzetti and a handful of celebrated Argentinean composers. Franzetti conducts the pianist and the orchestra through pieces that blend the rhythms of Argentina, jazz harmonies and popular classical sensibilities into attractive and highly listenable pieces that hark back to popular instrumental music of the 1950s and 1960s.
Upcoming Sunnyside Releases:
June 9 - Dominique Eade & Ran Blake - Town & Country
June 30 - Oregon - Lantern (CAMJazz)
July 14 - Steps Ahead - Steppin' Out
July 14 - Laszlo Gardony - Serious Play