Hedenstrom, Evens, Helsley & Young celebrate new release "The Living Room Sessions" with a live show at Thursday Night Jazz At Reverie on July 27
Comprised of 4 dynamic performing artists, jazz quartet Hedenstrom, Evens, Helsley & Young is releasing their collaborative album The Living Room Sessions, featuring compositions by saxophonist Aaron Hedenstrom and pianist Gabe Evens, who are joined by bassist Jack Helsley and drummer Matt Young. HEHY will be performing a CD release show in Minneapolis at Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie on July 27, 2017. The album is out July 28, 2017 via Shifting Paradigm Records. Preorder the album below.
Red Planet with Bill Carrothers out today! Here's "Freedom For the Broken" from the album.
Album release shows Tue/Wed, April 18/19 at The Dunsmore Room at Crooners at 7p each night. Tix at http://bit.ly/RedPlanetDunsmore
"Carrothers' feathery textures go nicely with the wave of effects Dean Magraw wrings from his guitar...bassist Chris Bates and drummer Jay Epstein spin the eruptions with aplomb." - Star Tribune
Bill Carrothers - piano
Dean Magraw - guitar
Chris Bates - bass
Jay Epstein - drums
Join us in welcoming the Drobka/Weller Duo to the SPR family! This Chicago/Milwaukee based duo features Devin Drobka (drums & percussion) and Chris Weller (tenor/bass saxophone & effects). The duo are two musical brothers from the Midwest, making heartfelt original and improvised music. Collaborating together for a decade in various groups, including the Chicago-based trio Hanging Hearts and Devin's own Bell Dance Songs, the formation of their duo project has been a long time coming.
Drobka/Weller Duo’s debut album, Blues Town, will be released on April 21, 2017 on Shifting Paradigm Records with a supporting European Tour.
Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band's music video for "Wheel Remix" premiered on Something Else Reviews today. The site said of the album:"Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band go almost everywhere in Healey’s debut album, from straight bop to abstract jazz to post-rock to shades of metal, and they often mix it all up for a fresh, unpredictable cocktail."
Bryan Nichols releases his solo piano record, LOOKING NORTH, on May 24 at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, available worldwide on May 27. You can download a free sample track now, and also preorder the album and get it May 10.
The new live album from Adam Meckler Quintet, WANDER, officially comes out this Friday, with a release show on Saturday, April 23 at Vieux Carre in St. Paul. You can pick up the album now right here at www.shiftingparadigmrecords.com so check it out!!!
John Raymond's REAL FEELS Feat. Gilad Hekselman & Colin stranahan coming out on SPR in Feb! Get free sampler now!
Shifting Paradigm Records has signed Brooklyn-based trumpeter John Raymond's REAL FEELS trio featuring guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan. The album is out worldwide on February 12, 2016. You can get a FREE sampler of the album right now, featuring two full tracks from the upcoming album and a sampler of excerpts from the remaining tracks.
You can preorder the album now, digital download and/or physical CD, by going to shiftingparadigmrecords.com/albums and you will be able to download on January 23, 2016, three weeks before the official release. CDs will also be shipped that day.
Bassist and composer Graydon Peterson will celebrate the release of his second album as leader, Duets, at the Friday Night Jazz At the Nicollet series on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 9p. The album is being released on twin cities jazz label Shifting Paradigm Records, and will be available in stores and for download at www.shiftingparadigmrecords.com as well as iTunes and other digital distributors.
Graydon Peterson completed his bachelor's degree in music composition at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he studied classical bass with James Clute, a former bassist with the Minnesota Orchestra. While a member of the Down Beat award-winning UWEC Jazz Ensemble I, he performed with such guest jazz artists as Lewis Nash, Ingrid Jensen, Jason Marsalis, and Chris Botti. Now a resident of Minneapolis, Peterson is one of the area's top-call bassists, performing nightly with a variety of vocalists and small ensembles including Joyce Lyons, Arne Fogel, Firebell, Charanga Tropical and his own Graydon Peterson Quartet. A consummate accompanist, writer and arranger, he has become one of the backbones of the jazz scene in the twin cities.
The Graydon Peterson Quartet released its eponymous debut on Shifting Paradigm Records in 2011 with Peterson on bass, Adam Meckler on trumpet, Adrian Suarez on drums, and Vinnie Rose on guitar. Since then, the quartet has a slightly different lineup, with Rose has been replaced by pianist Joe Strachan.
Duets is the group's second album, featuring all original compositions by Peterson written for every permutation of two instruments in the old and new quartet. The album opens with a rhythmic oriented duet for trumpet and bass entitled "Attached to a Kite." Next up is the slow, bluesy "Guns and Ammo" duet for drums and bass. An aggressive, combative groove comes next with "Meet me in the Outside" followed by the ethereal "These are the Voyages" and the mesmerizing ballad "Song for the Lost." The energy then picks back up with the odd-metered duet for trumpet and drums "Ran the Whole Way" and the also the bluesy duet for drums and guitar "Two-Headed Giant." A contemplative ballad in 5/4 time comes next on "Vexed." The album closes with the groove-oriented duet for Rhodes and trumpet "Unhealthy Obsession." Duets continues the quartet's exploration into tunes that evoke a wide variety of emotions and energies, pushing what we know as "modern jazz" into new territories.
DEAN GRANROS, ZACC HARRIS, CHRIS BATES, JAY EPSTEIN release TALL TALES
Monday, June 1, 2015 – 9:30p – Ages 21+
Icehouse ~ 2528 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 276-6523 / www.icehousempls.com
Tall Tales, featuring Dean Granros, Zacc Harris, Chris Bates, and Jay Epstein, will celebrate the release its self-titled debut on Shifting Paradigm Records at Icehouse in Minneapolis on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 9:30p. Cover is $12 and includes a copy of the CD. The album will also be available for download at www.shiftingparadigmrecords.com as well as iTunes and other digital distributors.
Guitarist and composer Dean Granros has resurged as a presence in the Twin Cities jazz scene over the past year. A mainstay since the early 1970s West Bank music boom, Granros draws from a number of influences, combining delta blues, classical, rock ‘n roll, country, western swing, and world music into a boiling cauldron of his own unique jazz broth. His musical role models range from Charles Ives and Olivier Messiaen, to Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Steve Lacy, and Anthony Braxton, to Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Granros has been a pioneer of improvised music on guitar, and is considered by fans and notably musicians, to be one of the most brilliant musical minds in the upper Midwest. He has collaborated over the years with Dave King, Anthony Cox, Eric Gravatt, Lee Konitz, George Cartwright, Happy Apple, the Whole Earth Rainbow Band, How Birds Work, and countless other projects.
In September 2014, Granros joined guitarist Zacc Harris, bassist Chris Bates, and drummer Jay Epstein, all powerhouses of the Twin Cities jazz scene themselves, for what was supposed to be a ‘one-off’ performance at Jazz Central’s Bridge Series. The night turned out to be magical, as the dueling guitars of Granros and Harris kept driving the music further and further, powered by the juggernaut rhythm section of Bates and Epstein. The quartet decided to record an album, and the group Tall Tales was born.
After more than 40 years of performing and recording, Granros releases his first album as leader featuring his compositions, on Shifting Paradigm Records. With this release, Granros continues to pursue an inclusive vision that extrapolates the current and future from the past.
The five original compositions span the breadth of his influences and act as vessels for something new and exciting to happen each time they are played. The album starts with “Blues For Al”, a 13-bar altered blues written for Russian composer Alexander Scriabin. Then comes “Chinese Orange”, a quirky even-8th note melody that makes way for some intrepid co-improvisation by Granros and Harris and showcases Epstein’s unique use of percussion. Next is the raucus and aptly named “Roots”, which evokes a sense of Americana rock. “No. 2” is a moody piece in D minor, which begins with a drone and eventually gives way to a moving electric blues groove. The two standards on the album come next, with Thelonious Monk’s “Monk’s Dream”, then Django Reinhardt’s ballad “Nuages” which Granros introduces with a beautiful solo guitar exploration. Finally, “For Sonny Sharrock” is a driving jazz rock number written for the free jazz guitarist which rolls and spirals upward and upward into a rollicking frenzy to close out the album.
The collaboration of these four musicians in this unique two-guitar quartet brings something entirely new to the Twin Cities jazz scene, while finally giving the genius of Granros a platform to shine. The juxtaposition of concept and tone between Granros and Harris keeps the music rolling along, with unexpected turns at every moment, while still they compliment one other as if they had played together for decades. Add to that the familiar and formidable rhythm section of Epstein and Bates, whose creativity and facility move with the music seamlessly, elevating it to new heights at every step.
The result is a collection of diverse pieces that take the listener on a journey, both cerebral and visceral, where the organic execution of the material draws the listener in and allows appreciation of the band’s spontaneity without its compositional depth and complexity overshadowing its musicality.
SPR is excited to announce that we are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Winter Jazz Fest presented by Jazz At Studio Z in St. Paul on Saturday, February 21, 2015. We will be celebrating our 1-year anniversary, as it was at last year's fest that we officially launched. Music from 3p-9p featuring SPR artists Atlantis Quartet, Adam Meckler Orchestra, Endeavors, Graydon Peterson Quartet, as well as newly signed groups Nichols/Bates/Bates and Lars Larson's Mancrush, who will be releasing albums this year with us. Get your tickets now!!! www.jazzatstudioz.org
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