Meet the forthcoming new release “EEE” featuring the dynamic duo Eubanks-Evans Experience

Welcome to EEE. The story of two musicians from the city of Brotherly Love, who have decided to turn their personal conversations about life, strife, happiness, and all that goes with it, into a journey of sound. One on piano. One on guitar. Emotions, calm and tranquil, an unforeseen moment turns into what can be described as a growling pivot to a clearly different musical point of view. It’s a powerful moment when the listener’s energy AND the duo on stage experience a collective artistic conversation.

They both have that homegrown Philly feels for music. Be it Jazz, gritty Funk, or “Space is the Place”, all of it was part of their musical childhood which they both developed into unique, separate musical personalities and careers. There’s also a delicately beautiful side to this duo that is just pure and simply put, pretty. Their soon-to-be-released recording has a dream-like quality…colors put to music. Yes, bring back the “Pretty.” I’m just saying…

Kevin Eubanks: guitarist, poet, speaker, hopeful that the planet is forgiving and allows us to reinvent ourselves as human beings. A gifted versatility allows for a spherical approach, live and recorded music. Opening Night, Spirit Talk 1&2, Shadow Prophets, Music Director for the Tonight Show w/Jay Leno. Honorary doctorates: Berklee College of Music and Redlands University. Curious? Go ahead… check it out.
www.kevineubanks.com

Orrin Evans: pianist, composer, teacher, passionate about helping people through the power of artistry in various forms. An independent mind has led him to continuously release poignant recordings on his label Imani Records, led the Grammy-nominated Captain Black Big Band, co-led the nerve-rattling collective trio Tarbaby. And yes, of course, there’s more. Go deeper… you know what to do.
www.orrinevansmusic.com 

~Bandcamp.com

Expected Release Date: March 18, 2022
At your leisure, listen to “NOVICE BOUNCE” the single from the album “EEE” by Eubanks-Evans Experience

AJE’S BEST JAZZ RELEASES, 2021

AJE’S BEST JAZZ RELEASES, 2021 in alphabetical order…

Aakash Mittal, NOCTURNE

Adam O’Farrill, VISIONS OF YOUR OTHER

Adi Meyerson, I WANT TO SING MY HEART OUT IN PRAISE OF LIFE

Amaro Freita, BAQUAQUA

Amir ElSaffar, RIVERS OF SOUND

Andrew Cyrille Quartet, THE NEWS

Archie Shepp, Jason Moran, LEY MY PEOPLE GO

Arnan Raz, 7 DAYS

Artifacts, PLEASURE PALACE

Arturo O’Farrill, …DREAMING IN LIONS…

Belmondo Quintet, BROTHERHOOD

Ben Tiberio, RARE PEACE

Benoît Delbecq, ANAMORPHOSES

Brandee Younger, SOMEWHERE DIFFERENT

Brian Lynch, SONGBOOK VOL. 1 BUS STOP SERENADE

Cassie Kinoshi SEED Ensemble, BALLETBOYZ: BRADLEY 4:18

Charles Lloyd, TONE POEM BLUE NOTE POET SERIES

Chelsea Carmichael, THE RIVER DOESN’T LIKE STRANGERS

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, NOW

Dave Holland, ANOTHER LAND

Dave Meder, UNAMUNO SONGS AND STORIES

David Tixier Trio, BECAUSE I CARE

DeAndre Lettsome, IMPETUS

Dr. Lonnie Smith, BREATHE

Edward Simon, SOLO LIVE

Elephant9, ARRIVAL OF THE NEW ELDERS

Enrico Rava, ROMA

Florian Arbenz, CONVERSATION #1

Gabriel Gosse, CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

Gregory Porter, STILL RISING – THE COLLECTION

Gretchen Parlato, FLOR

Hiromi, SILVER LINING SUITE

Irreversible Entanglements, OPEN THE GATES

Jaimie Branch, FLY OR DIE LIVE

Jalen Baker, THIS IS ME, THIS IS US

James Francies, PUREST FORM

James Brandon Lewis, CODE OF BEING

Jazztronik, UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE

Jeremy Pelt, GRIOT: THIS IS IMPORTANT

Jihye Lee, DARING MIND

Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints, OTHER WORLDS

Joe Lovano, GARDEN OF EXPRESSION

John Pope Quintet, THE RIGHT-HAND PATH

Jonas Sorgenfrei, ELEPHANTS MARCHING ON

Kazemde George, I INSIST

Keith Brown Trio, African RIPPLES

Kenny Garrett, SOUND FROM THE ANCESTORS

Kurt Elling w/guitarist Charlie Hunter, SUPERBLUE

Lewis Wright, THE COLOUR OF INTENTION

Lionel Loueke, CLOSE YOUR EYES

Magnus Lindgren, BIRD LIVES

Makaya McCraven, DECIPHERING THE MESSAGE

Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O, UMDALI

Marc Cary, LIFE LESSONS

Mareike Wiening, FUTURE MEMORIES

Marques Carroll, THE ANCESTOR’S CALL

Matt Ridley, THE ANTIDOTE

Matthew Shipp, CODEBREAKER

Menagerie, MANY WORLDS

Michael Mayo, BONES

Milho Hazama, IMAGINARY VISIONS

Nate Smith, KINFOLK 2: SEE THE BIRDS

Nick Mazzarella Trio, WHAT YOU SEEK IS SEEKING YOU

Obed Calvaire, WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: THE MUSIC OF LED ZEPPELIN

Orrin Evans, THE MAGIC OF NOW

Pat Metheny, SIDE-EYE NYC (V1. IV)

Prism Quartet, HERITAGE/REVOLUTION, VOL. 2

Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly of Shadows, ARCHITECTURE OF STORMS

Roberto Olzer Trio, NOTTURNO

Sebastian Noelle, SYSTEM ONE

Shai Maestro, HUMAN

Simone Blasioli, CONVERSATION

Sons of Kemet, BLACK TO THE FUTURE

Tamill Rogeon, SON OF NYX

Terence Blanchard, ABSENCE

The Baylor Project, GENERATIONS

Theo Croker, BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST

Thommy Andersson, WOOD CIRCLES

Timothee Robert, QUARKS

Victor Gould, In Our Time

Vijay Iyer, UNEASY

Will Glaser, CLIMBING IN CIRCLES

William Parker, TABASCO

*Playlist coming soon to Spotify

Saxophonist/composer Jon Gordon confronts our bizarre reality with true beauty on his stunning new nonet recording

Truth has become a bizarrely contentious issue in this divisive era of fake news and alternative facts. Still, as alto saxophonist and composer Jon Gordon points out on his latest album, one oft-repeated maxim may be more true now than ever: that truth itself is indeed Stranger Than Fiction. Over the course of ten original compositions arranged for a stellar nonet, Gordon explores the warped modern existence that we’ve all grappled with during the past several months and years.

The music on Stranger Than Fiction, due out September 17, 2021, through ArtistShare, reflects Gordon’s realization that reality takes twists and turns far more unpredictable than any author would dare write. In both his personal and professional life as well as the topsy-turvy world of politics, the composer has been forced to pinch himself repeatedly to confirm that what he was living was cold, hard truth rather than some strange dream (or, quite often, nightmare).

 Jon Gordon is a master. His compositions, improvisation, tone, and technical virtuosity set him apart as an elite musician for our time.”
– 
Brandon BernsteinJazz Improv NY

Fortunately, that awareness has resulted in a great deal of stunning new music, brought to very real life by a top-notch band of peers and former students and fellow faculty from the University of Manitoba, where Gordon has taught for nearly a decade. On Stranger Than Fiction, he’s joined by trumpeter Derrick Gardner, trombonist, and arranger Alan Ferber, saxophonists Reginald Lewis and Tristan Martinuson, bass clarinetists John Ellis and Anna Blackmore, guitarist and vocalist Jocelyn Gould, guitarist Larry Roy, pianists Orrin Evans and Will Bonness, bassist Julian Bradford and drummer Fabio Ragnelli.

“Around 2000, I began to be aware that things were not as I’d hoped in our country“, Gordon said. “For all the troubles of our past, I had hope that the country was headed in a better direction. But I became disillusioned and angered by so many people seeming to cede to a kind of non-reality. And in the last few years, that’s only gotten more apparent.”

The album’s title track was written at the time of that initial revelation, though like the reality it reflects has only grown in scale and complexity with Alan Ferber’s nonet arrangement. The trombonist, who served as an assistant producer for the project, also contributed the bold arrangement for “Havens,” which Gordon originally recorded in quintet form on 2008’s Within Worlds. Gordon himself arranged the remainder of the pieces.

“Gordon has embraced the history of his instrument, carrying with it the ability to extend music as a universal language.” – Wayne Shorter

“Pointillism” opens the album with gradually accruing fragments of sound from the horns, which finally give way to a tense duel between Gordon and drummer Ragnelli as the ensemble surges behind them. “Havens” settles into a taut groove that belies the fact that the band did not record together thanks to geography and the pandemic. Gordon recorded initially with the core quintet, then added horns and guests who recorded in their own homes. The inquisitive title track follows, leading into the deceptively simple, graceful “Dance.” Referring to a wandering mendicant in the Hindu tradition, the brief, through-composed “Sunyasin” reflects the temptation of renouncing the trappings of modern life while realizing the challenges it presents. Jocelyn Gould, a former student of Gordon’s who won this year’s Juno (Canadian Grammy) for “Jazz Album of the Year,” adds an air of enticing mystery with her wordless vocals.

“Counterpoint” is a self-explanatory title for the tune’s intricately interwoven lines and harmonies, while “Bella” sways alluringly, with one of a pair of guest appearances by pianist Orrin Evans. The massed horns of “Modality” allow a ray of hope to peek through the clouds, leading into the stunning fanfare of “Steps.” The album ends with “Waking Dream,” a summation of the surreal experience that attempts to shake the listener out of their somnambulant reverie and, hopefully, into some kind of constructive action.

While recording with a larger ensemble has been a long-held desire, the impetus for Stranger Than Fiction came with a series of Leonard Bernstein concerts which Gordon was involved in for the composer’s 2018 centennial. He found one famous Bernstein quote continuing to resonate with him: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” Gordon’s first response to that call to aesthetic arms was 2019’s quartet outing Answer, which pushed towards beauty; on Stranger Than Fiction, he aimed for something even more lush but also more urgent and confrontational.

“I feel like we’re in a crisis on many levels,” he says. “And the only way you deal with these crises – the bullying and lies and authoritarian denial of reality – is by calling it out.”

Gordon comes to this with the first-hand experience, as he documented in his 2012 memoir, For Sue. “I grew up in an alcoholic family,” he recalls. “When you’re dealing with an alcoholic or an addict, sometimes they’ll look at you and say one thing, then 30 seconds later they’ll turn around say the polar opposite. You’re trying to argue with somebody that’s not in reality. I feel like we’re dealing with that as a country and a planet, and it causes the same kind of pain in a family relationship, in a community, in society, and in the world.”

Jon Gordon
A native New Yorker, saxophonist, and composer Jon Gordon was born into a musical family and began playing at age ten. Classically trained, Gordon’s love for jazz was sparked when a friend played him a Phil Woods record. He began lessons with the legendary altoist while sitting in regularly with saxophonist Eddie Chamblee at Sweet Basil. Since attending Manhattan School of Music, Gordon has worked with the likes of Maria Schneider, Ron McClure, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Phil Woods, T.S. Monk, Bill Mays, the Vanguard Orchestra, Bill Charlap, Ray Barretto, Mark Turner, George Colligan, Chico Hamilton, Jimmy Cobb, Ben Riley, Harry Connick Jr., Bob Mintzer, Bill Mobley, and N.Y. Pops Orchestra, among many others. In November of 1996, he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, judged by Wayne Shorter, Jackie McLean, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Heath, and Joshua Redman. He has released more than a dozen albums under his own name and is the author of three acclaimed books.

Jon Gordon – Stranger Than Fiction
ArtistShare – AS0190 – Recorded October 2020
Release date September 17, 2021

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The Bad Plus trio’s 2019 recording “ACTIVATE INFINITY” showcases imaginative originals and vibrant musicality like no other

Activate Infinity is the second album from New York-based The Bad Plus since the remarkable pianist Orrin Evans joined the trio back in 2018. With their sights set on a new trajectory, combined with an abundance of spirit and creativity, the trio produced one of their finest and most original albums to date. This is group music played with vibrant imagination and vigor. It’s real, deeply honest, and personal. Their joy in music-making together is clear and their vision is committed and democratic. With a new home on the British label, Edition Records, the trio is working with a renewed intent that will see them grow to new heights and continue to flourish. ~Edition Records

The New York Times called it “an exhilarating document” that sparked an exciting new chapter for the iconic group.

The Bad Plus features bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Orrin Evans, and drummer Dave King.