Finding Light

Finding Light

The first time that bassist Jeff Denson and guitarist Romain Pilon got together to record with drummer Brian Blade felt like a lightning strike. Like so many musicians before them, the longtime friends from their days as standout students at Berklee experienced what’s often been described as the Blade Factor, a sudden, clarifying jolt that illuminates the musical moment. Captured in the studio on the 2019 Ridgeway Records album Between Two Worlds, the trio’s debut introduced an uncommon communion that seemed destined for further adventures.

Even two years of pandemic angst hasn’t been able to dim their brilliant chemistry. If anything, the trio’s second album, Finding Light, blazes all the more brightly as an antidote to isolation, anxiety, and despair. Slated for release on Denson’s Ridgeway Records label, the project beams with the palpable pleasure the musicians take in each other’s company as they explore new music together in glorious trialogue.   

Denson spent the first 18 months of the pandemic keeping the California Jazz Conservatory running online as dean of instruction. Though two years had elapsed between the trio’s last tour and regrouping to record Finding Light, they picked up where they left off, exploring a “sound that evolved because we did a lot of playing and travelling together in 2019 and 2020,” Denson said. “Each time we played together the band kept growing and our sound and direction evolved. Our connection kept intensifying.” That intensity is evident throughout Finding Light. The trio’s new music reflects both the unbridled joy of gathering together again and the small pleasures (particularly the fur-bearing variety) that eased the surreal passage of pandemic time.

Coming September 23, 2022

 

Solo Live

Solo Live

Recorded at Oakland’s Piedmont Piano Company on his 50th birthday in 2019, Solo Live is Simon’s first unaccompanied recording (and only his second album documenting a concert). Unedited, it’s a ravishing portrait of one of jazz’s most eloquent improvisers investigating a setting that’s become one of his primary outlets during the pandemic. Long leery of performing alone, a situation that leaves a pianist “really exposed,” he described the Piedmont Piano date as “a leap of faith. But I plan to be doing more solo piano playing and recording.”

Learn more about Edward Simon at edwardsimon.com

25 Years

25 Years

Cover CD Edward Simon 25 Years FinalIn 2020, Edward Simon celebrates his illustrious three-decade career in music. During this timespan, the Venezuela-born pianist and composer has led and co-led award-winning ensembles and collaborated with some of today’s most prominent jazz artists, including vocalists Luciana Souza and Gretchen Parlato; Afinidad, the long-running virtuoso quartet featuring David Binney, Scott Colley, and Brian Blade; the acclaimed chamber ensemble Imani Winds; and the all-star SFJAZZ Collective.

Available October 9, 2020

Learn more about Edward Simon at edwardsimon.com

<p>Blissonance</p>

Blissonance

Never Weather is a jazz-inspired quintet that plays original music by drummer, vibraphonist, and composer Dillon Vado. The songs for this group explore many genres, grooves and textures to make exciting arrangements that allow for genuine improvisations each performance. Never Weather has 5 distinct personalities within the band and strives to make music that showcases each voice of the group.

Available January 17, 2020

Learn more about Dillon at dillonvado.com

<p>Between Two Worlds </p>

Between Two Worlds

When these virtuoso players meet on the bandstand, the result is sheer magic. Join revered French guitarist Romain Pilon, powerhouse drummer Brian Blade and internationally acclaimed bassist, vocalist, and composer Jeff Denson as they celebrate their Ridgeway Records album Between Two Worlds. The recording features originals by Denson and Pilon, who met two decades ago as students at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. After graduation they pursued their own careers, but reunited occasionally to reclaim their musical camaraderie. When Denson played with Blade on a 2017 tour with Joel Harrison’s Spirit House, they clicked. “We deeply connected right away, from the first notes in the sound check,” says Denson. “It felt like kindred spirits, rhythmically; a whole other language was taking place behind the soloists, and it was totally enthralling.” Denson thought of Pilon as an ideal third partner. “He’s a virtuoso player but very sensitive and very musical, the same words I would use to describe Brian.” Denson extended an invitation to Pilon and Blade, who enthusiastically accepted. The result is one of the most captivating new groups in jazz, a trio of players with unmistakable chops, unquestionable creativity, and probing sensitivity.

Coming October 25, 2019

Within

Within

Negative Press Project (NPP) releases their second album, Within.

Negative Press Project, self described as jazz adjacent, alternating between through arranged to open and improvised, escalating towards art and indie rock energy, the Oakland, CA based collective Negative Press Project (NPP) offers The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret, a Queens of the Stone Age song.

Released June 14, 2019

Ruthie Dineen –Piano/Keys
Lyle Link –Tenor/Soprano
Andrew Lion –Bass
Tony Peebles – Tenor
Rafa Postel – Trumpet
Luis Salcedo – Guitar
Isaac Schwartz – Drums
Chris Sullivan- Alto

All songs by Negative Press Project™, except where noted
Positive Press Publishing

Recorded at 25th Street Recording, Oakland, CA
Executive Producer Jeff Denson
Produced by Negative Press Project
Engineered by Scott Bergstrom
Mixed by Adam Munoz at Opus 9th Street Studio, Berkeley, CA
Mastered by Ken Lee Mastering
Artwork by Guillermo Prado 8point2.com

BIO

Negative Press Project (NPP) is a self described jazz and indie/art rock influenced music collective based out of Oakland, CA. “Versatility abounds, and they always look for new ground to explore,” says The Bay Bridged.

Co-led by Ruthie Dineen (Piano/Keys) and Andrew Lion (Electric and Double Bass), the group is a composer’s culmination of a converted rock bassist and classically trained pianist to jazz inspired creative music. The leaders’ writing is represented on 2015’s Full-Length recording, ‘see evil eyes | civilize’ with ten original songs and arrangements split almost equally amongst the two.

The additional voices of Tony Peebles (Tenor Sax), Rafa Postel (Trumpet), Chris Sullivan (Alto Sax), Lyle Link (Alto & Tenor Sax), Luis Salcedo (Guitar), and Isaac Schwartz (Drums), imprint the music with virtuosity and diverse experience and backgrounds.

Learn more at negativepressproject.com

<p>Jeff Denson Live</p>

Jeff Denson Live

Jeff Denson Live, his seventh recording as a leader and first live album, is slated for a May 17 digital-only release via Ridgeway Records. Live was recorded at the CJC with a superlative band, including saxophonist Lyle Link, pianist Dahveed Behroozi and drummer Dillon Vado; it continues his development toward giving his formidable vocal prowess (as documented on 2018’s Outside My Window) equal prominence with his remarkable bass playing.

“After Outside My Window came out, I took my quartet all over the country, and I was loving the pursuit of singing along with playing,” Denson says. “The chemistry in the band kept growing in a really great way, and that’s when I decided, ‘Okay, I want to do a live album.’ I love working in the studio, but live, we extend things and take a lot of risks—and I don’t worry about track lengths. We let it go wherever it’s gonna go.”

Live features five of Denson’s original compositions, along with scintillating covers of songs by Jeff Buckley, Abbey Lincoln, Peter Gabriel and the Beatles.

 

Available May 17, 2019.

Learn more about Jeff Denson at jeffdenson.com.

<p>The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret</p>

The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret

Negative Press Project (NPP) releases its first single, “The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret,” A Queens of the Stone Age song, from their upcoming 2019 release, Within.

Negative Press Project, self described as jazz adjacent, alternating between through arranged to open and improvised, escalating towards art and indie rock energy, the Oakland, CA based collective Negative Press Project (NPP) offers The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret, a Queens of the Stone Age song.

From Negative Press Project’s forthcoming 2019 release Within on Ridgeway Records.

Released August 24, 2018
The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret (Homme/Oliveri)
(Performed and Arranged by Negative Press Project)

BIO

Negative Press Project (NPP) is a self described jazz and indie/art rock influenced music collective based out of Oakland, CA. “Versatility abounds, and they always look for new ground to explore,” says The Bay Bridged.

Co-led by Ruthie Dineen (Piano/Keys) and Andrew Lion (Electric and Double Bass), the group is a composer’s culmination of a converted rock bassist and classically trained pianist to jazz inspired creative music. The leaders’ writing is represented on 2015’s Full-Length recording, ‘see evil eyes | civilize’ with ten original songs and arrangements split almost equally amongst the two.

The additional voices of Tony Peebles (Tenor Sax), Rafa Postel (Trumpet), Chris Sullivan (Alto Sax), Lyle Link (Alto & Tenor Sax), Luis Salcedo (Guitar), and Isaac Schwartz (Drums), imprint the music with virtuosity and diverse experience and backgrounds.

Learn more at negativepressproject.com

Neotropical

Neotropical

Neotropical, is a fresh and unique album by Colombian jazz singer Susana Pineda, and her international band, The New Quartet. This album explores the musical interaction and intermixture of the city and the nature, the modern and the traditional, the North and South America, in order to create a new, colorful and exciting sound. Featuring special guests Colombian pianist, Juancho Valencia on clavinet, traditional Colombian percussionist, Kiko Cabana and American trumpeter, Erik Jekabson..

Learn more about Susana Pineda at susanapineda.com

Neotropical available July 6, 2018.

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Heroes, Saints and Clowns

Heroes, Saints and Clowns

Heroes, Saints and Clowns brings together an impressive set of improvisers, including Paul Hanson on tenor sax and bassoon (acoustic and with effects); Jeff Denson on double bass and five-string fretless electric bass; trombonist John Gove; Dillon Vado on vibraphone and percussion; and Greg Sankovich on piano, organ, and keyboards. They’re joined on several tracks by Oregon’s Paul McCandless on English horn and oboe, and cellist Joseph Hebert.

Together they use an electro-acoustic sonic palette to interpret a program of improvised and through-composed music ranging from the satirical to the sublime, from the serene to the disruptive. Hall, who blurs boundaries between composition and improvisation, uses his ensemble as a brush to paint musical portraits ranging from chamber jazz and tone poems to pieces with the moodiness of Mingus, the zaniness of Zappa, and the serialism of Stravinsky. Learn more about Ratatet and Alan Hall at ratatet.com

Heroes, Saints and Clowns available June 22, 2018.

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