<p>Blissonance <br />Coming January 17, 2020</p>

Blissonance
Coming January 17, 2020

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.

Coming January 17, 2020

https://www.dillonvado.com/never-weather.html

<p>Between Two Worlds <br />Coming October 25, 2019</p>

Between Two Worlds
Coming October 25, 2019

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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Outside My Window

Outside My Window

Jeff Denson Vocal Booth

Outside My Window reveals bassist extraordinaire Jeff Denson as a startlingly expressive singer on both original songs and brilliantly reimagined songs by Jeff Buckley, Peter Gabriel, Abbey Lincoln, and Chris Cornell.

He’s joined by a stellar cast of improvisers, including saxophonist Dayna Stephens, Finnish pianist/keyboardist Kari Ikonen, and NY-based Israeli drummer Ronen Itzik.

Outside My Window available June 1, 2018.

Learn more about Jeff Denson at jeffdenson.com.

Eternal Life

Eternal Life

Negative Press Project (NPP) is a self described jazz and indie/art rock influenced music collective based out of Oakland, CA.

Recorded at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, produced by Jeff Denson with Andrew Lion and Ruthie Dineen, NPP’s delivers their voice through the music of the celebrated artist, Jeff Buckley, with ‘Eternal Life | Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds’.

Jeff Buckley released one album during his all-too-brief life, but 1994’s Grace catapulted the beautiful young artist into the pop cultural firmament, where he remains an incandescently glittering presence two decades after drowning in the Wolf River. Dozens of singers have covered his songs in the ensuing years, but there’s never been a tribute like Negative Press Project’s Eternal Life | Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds, which was produced by bass master Jeff Denson and is slated for release on his non-profit label Ridgeway Records.

Negative Press Project (NPP) is a self described jazz and indie/art rock influenced music collective based out of Oakland, CA.

Co-led by bassist Andrew Lion and pianist/keyboardist Ruthie Dineen, the expansive electro-acoustic ensemble brings a supple textural palette to Buckley’s material, transforming his emotionally wrought, show-stopping vocal vehicles into strikingly beautiful instrumental settings. Erasing distinctions between jazz and chamber music, rock and instrumental pop, NPP expands Buckley’s legacy by tapping into his beatific lyricism.

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 two originals with ‘Eternal Life’- the Lion penned requiem, “Wolf River”, and Dineen’s uplifting, “Anthem (For Jeff Buckley)”.

The additional voices of James Mahone (Alto Sax), Max Miller-Loran (Trumpet), Chris Sullivan (Alto Sax), Lyle Link (Tenor Sax), Luis Salcedo (Guitar), and Mike Mitchell (Drums), imprint the music with virtuosity and diverse experience.

Lion and Dineen have found a subject ripe for musical exploration in Jeff Buckley. In many ways, Eternal Life is an arrestingly vivid snap shot of a tableau that continues to evolve

With Eternal Life as the starting point, music fans of every stripe can experience Jeff Buckley’s music with new ears. It’s a sonic sojourn unlike anything else in jazz and beyond.


 

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.

Now, the leaders take on the music of Jeff Buckley- the subject of a voice taken too soon. This yielded an all new full-length studio recording tracked at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, Produced by Jeff Denson with Andrew Lion and Ruthie Dineen, for NPP’s 2017 celebration of Buckley with ‘Eternal Life | Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds’.

Available 11/17/2017

Learn more at negativepressproject.com

<p>May I Introduce to You</p>

May I Introduce to You

When Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play, he couldn’t have foreseen the extraordinary San Francisco String Trio. The Bay Area super-group featuring guitarist Mimi Fox, bassist/vocalist Jeff Denson, and violinist Mads Tolling has found a consistently enthralling vehicle for musical exploration in the 1967 masterpiece. May I Introduce to You is the trio’s debut album and a loving homage to the classic Beatles record on its 50th anniversary. The SF String Trio brings together three celebrated masters who have each recorded critically acclaimed albums as bandleaders. Much like the Beatles drew on an array of traditions and styles in crafting Sgt. Pepper’s, the cooperative ensemble approaches each track as an opportunity to imbue supremely familiar songs with a sense of delight and surprise. The idea was to do something different to shake up these fantastic songs, but not just for the sake of doing something new, says Fox. We’re all coming from a jazz background and we like to mix things up. The trio’s emotional connection to Sgt. Pepper’s is evident throughout May I Introduce to You, and every track sheds a bright and revealing light on the genius of the Beatles. Tolling transfuses some of Joe Cocker’s gospel fervor into his ballad arrangement of With A Little Help From My Friends, and sets a good deal of Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds to a crunching 5/4 beat. Fox evokes George Harrison’s sitar with a sleek modal interpretation of Within You Without You and delivers a ravishing solo rendition of She’s Leaving Home. Denson’s arrangement of Fixing A Hole incorporates his striking vocals, as does his multilayered unpacking of A Day In the Life, another tour de force that distills the song’s essence while winding its way to a surprising climax, with Fox’s twang replacing the famous last crashing chord.

Available 9/8/2017

Download official Press Release
San Francisco String Trio Press Release (word docx)
San Francisco String Trio Press Release (pdf)

Learn more at sfstringtrio.com