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 Since then, the quartet has a slightly different lineup, with Rose has been replaced by pianist Joe Strachan.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
Firebell will release its debut album, Impossible Vacation, through Shifting Paradigm Records on November 17, 2014. It will be available for purchase at Electric Fetus & shiftingparadigmrecords.com. The album will be celebrated with a CD release at JT Bates’ Jazz Implosion Series at the Icehouse on Monday, November 17th at 9:30pm.
Impossible Vacation features many original compositions as well as standards that the band has been playing live since their inception in 2009. Original compositions include Graydon Peterson’s “Ocean Depth” and the title track “Impossible Vacation”. The album covers a wide variety of genres and contains some extraordinarily wonderful moods. It truly exemplifies the magical direction that this experienced trio has continually created.
Firebell is Park Evans (guitar), Graydon Peterson (upright bass), and Jay Epstein (drums). Evans is a versatile guitarist who currently performs in multiple bands ranging stylistically from jazz to rock to world music including: Parker Paisley, Fire Bell, New Primitives, Radio in the Desert, and These Modern Socks. Peterson is one of the area's top-call bassists, performing nightly with a variety of vocalists and small ensembles including Debbie Duncan, Arne Fogel, Firebell, Snowblind and his own Graydon Peterson Quartet. Epstein has an extensive jazz career as a performing, recording, and touring artist. He is arguably one of the best drummers in the Twin Cities and regularly performs with local bands Red Planet, Klezmerica, and Framework.
Jazz Police cites Firebell as “a great Guitar/Bass/Drum jazz trio playing innovative sounds with a strong emphasis on creative interactivity. High-spirited experiments!”
NEW RELEASES FROM ADAM MECKLER ORCHESTRA & COURAGEOUS ENDEAVORS AVAILABLE NOW!!! JUST $7 each or both for $12. SPR COLLECTIVE CELEBRATION TONIGHT AT BLACK DOG!
Shifting Paradigm Records is pleased to announce the addition of two new albums to our catalog, available TODAY!!! Adam Meckler Orchestra's WHEN THE CLOUDS LOOK LIKE THIS and Courageous Endeavors' PROTOTYPE can now be downloaded for just $7 each, or get both albums for just $12.
In fact, all SPR albums are on sale for just $7 through the month of October, and most of our album downloads now include a free pdf lead sheet of one of the tunes from the album.
We'll be celebrating the new releases tonight at the Black Dog Cafe in St. Paul at 7:30p, with a collective of various SPR artists including JT Bates, Bryan Nichols, Nelson Devereaux, Zacc Harris, and Chris Bates. Join us if you can, and please check out some of the great music SPR has to offer on its site!!! www.shiftingparadigmrecords.com
We are happy to announce that we will be adding two new albums to the Shifting Paradigm Records catalog next Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
The albums, both by new artists to the SPR family, are Courageous Endeavors' debut release Prototype and Adam Meckler Orchestra's brand new When the Clouds Look Like This.
Stay tuned for more.
$6 album downloads & $25 box set during february to celebrate the Shifting Paradigm Records official launch!!!
We are really excited about the launch party on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Jazz At Studio Z. Never before have five powerhouse artists from the twin cities been together in one night. Music starts at 5p, with sets by Fat Kid Wednesdays, Atlantis Quartet, Bryan Nichols Quintet, Graydon Peterson Quartet, and Zacc Harris Group! All for just $10.
As a special treat this month in correlation with the official launch of the label, we are offering digital downloads of all of our albums for just $6 through February 28. In addition, we are doing a special digital "box set" featuring an album from each artist, for just $25. That's FIVE ALBUMS FOR $25.
Shifting Paradigm Records will officially launch on February 15, 2014 with a mini-festival at St. Paul's Jazz At Studio Z series. There will be performances by all of our artists including Fat Kid Wednesdays, Atlantis Quartet, Bryan Nichols Quintet, Graydon Peterson Quartet, and Zacc Harris Group, all for just $10. The web site will be fully updated by then, with direct access to lower priced and higher quality digital recordings of our artists, PDFs of some of our artists' compositions, and more. Mark your calendars and check www.jazzatstudioz.org for more.
Shifting Paradigm Records is now live! The very best of Minnesota jazz music is now available here through this site. We've added Atlantis Quartet, Fat Kid Wednesdays, Bryan Nichols Quintet, Graydon Peterson Quartet, and Zacc Harris Group to our roster of artists, and several more are set to be announced in the coming weeks. SPR is dedicated to making sure that artists get the most out of the sale of their music, and wants to help get these great twin cities jazz artists out to the world. On February 15, 2014, we will launch the new label, which will give fans direct access to higher quality digital recordings of our artists at lower prices than iTunes and Amazon, while our artists will actually get more of the profits.
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