[Just in case, you missed it]… Disparate Parts is the third outing by saxophonist-composer Roxy Coss

In 2018, the Roxy Coss Quintet established its sound. Today, the band is evolving its concept. Disparate Parts (Outside in Music), the anticipated follow up to Coss’ acclaimed quintet release Quintet (2019), features familiar personnel in a brand new context: Coss on tenor and soprano saxophone, Alex Wintz on guitar, Miki Yamanaka on piano and keyboards, Rick Rosato on bass and Jimmy Macbride on drums. Known for their conversational expression, the artists approach fresh ideas with a sacred connection to their tradition-informed identity.

Together, they navigate new harmony, rhythmic modulations, and wildly diverse textures across 14 tracks of original music framing the impetus for the album: Coss’ four-movement suite, “The Body,” “The Mind,” “The Heart” and “The Spirit.” Recorded by Chris Sulit at Trading 8s Studio, and mixed, mastered and associate produced by Johannes Fischer, Disparate Parts creates a kaleidoscope of sound that serves the quintet’s bold, ever-refining expression. Distinct gestures join together to form extended ideas and permutations without surrendering their respective characters. ~Editorial Review | Amazon

Original Release Date: January 15, 2022

At your leisure, check out “DISPARATE PARTS” by Roxy Coss

 

Just in case, you missed it… trombonist-composer and bandleader Nick Finzer’s latest Outside in Music release Out of Focus

When 2020 shook his plans up, jazz trombonist Nick Finzer decided to make the most of the time to work on his craft in a new way. Via remote collaboration, Nick recorded several new arrangements of some favorite compositions including the Jazz Classic and Hoagy Carmichael essential “Stardust“, Pat Metheny’s iconic “Bright Size Live“, Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” & “Star Crossed Lovers“, as well we new solo takes on several jazz standards.

Out of Focus” features Finzer’s arranging and improvisation prowess, with groups from solo trombone, to a classic jazz quartet, to a 15 trombone collaboration – leaving something for every listener on this one. ~Editorial Reviews | Amazon

Release Date: November 12, 2021

At your leisure, spin this gem “OUT OF FOCUS” by Nick Finzer

 

Outside in Music released new music by pianist/composer Dave Meder: Unamuno Songs and Stories

The music of Unamuno Songs and Stories is centered firmly around the jazz tradition while drawing thoughtful influences from an array of sources including Bach chorales, the blues, minimalism, and the piano works of Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz. ”

Outside in Music is thrilled to announce the October 29th release of Unamuno Songs and Stories, the latest album from pianist and composer Dave Meder. This release is a stunning response to recent sociopolitical turmoil in the United States, using the writings of Spanish Civil War-era philosopher Miguel de Unamuno as a historical analogy. Making poignant statements about this “critical moment” in American history, Unamuno Songs and Stories aim to celebrate life with themes of hope, love, and peace just as much as it serves to raise awareness of the growing threats to American democracy. Meder’s potent pianistic refrains are heard here alongside bassist Marty Jaffe, drummer Michael Piolet, trumpeter Philip Dizack, and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón. The official release celebration of Unamuno Songs and Stories will take place at the Soapbox Gallery in NYC on November 16th. More performances are scheduled through the United States; more information can be found here and below.

“It feels as though we are at a societal breaking point”, Meder exclaims, “Increasingly, our political discourse pits factually justified positions against pure misinformation and independently verifiable truth against “personal truth.” It forces us into tribes so that pride and ego prevent us from evolving in our own understanding of the world.”

The artist finds historical context for this polarized political climate in the life and work of a complex figure: Miguel de Unamuno (1864 – 1936), a Basque/Spanish philosopher, poet, novelist, essayist, and academic most known for his work in the lead-up to the Spanish Civil War. Unamuno was a complicated man whose life and work are marked by the conflict between liberalism and staunch Catholicism, and his documentation of democracy sliding gradually into dictatorship has long fascinated Meder. “In 2020, when a global pandemic, a renewed struggle for racial reckoning, a fraught national election, and a contentious political transition left so many of us scrambling to explain it all…I reached again for Unamuno.” The music of Unamuno Songs and Stories is centered firmly around the jazz tradition while drawing thoughtful influences from an array of sources including Bach chorales, the blues, minimalism, and the piano works of Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz. Read more Outside In Music

Release Date: October 29, 2021

At your leisure, listen to “Unamuno Songs and Stories” by Dave Meder

 

BIOGRAPHY: Jalen Baker vibraphonist, percussionist, educator, and composer

Jalen Baker, born in Washington DC and raised in Houston, TX, is a vibraphonist, percussionist, educator, and composer whose early training involved both classical and jazz. He decided rather early on to focus on jazz and in May 2017, Jalen received his BA in Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago. While matriculating at Columbia College Jalen studied with percussionist Jarrett Hicks.

He distinguished himself as a jazz vibraphonist and received several accolades including outstanding soloist at both the Notre Dame and Elmhurst Jazz Festivals and was one of two students chosen to represent Columbia at the Arcevia Jazz Festival in Arcevia Italy. While in Chicago Jalen was also an active musician playing in various venues around town with the Jarrard Harris Quartet, The Dod Kalm Quartet, Human Bloom, and his own group Musiki Tano. He was also chosen to be a member of the Chicago Next Gen Allstars by the Chicago Jazz Institute.

Jalen was accepted as a Graduate Assistant in the Jazz Performance program at Florida State University and May 2019 received his MM in Jazz Studies. During his tenure at Florida State Jalen continued to distinguish himself as a performer and was chosen as a Ravinia Jazz Fellow in 2018. He has been an active performer with the Leon Anderson Quartet, The Ulysses Owens Trio, and The Ulysses Owens Quartet as well as leading his own band Musiki Tano in venues in and around Georgia and Northern Florida. Jalen was also recently the featured guest with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra.

Jalen continues to compose and perform. His unique blend of original modern jazz compositions and jazz standards makes for exciting performances. His classical music background also makes him an educator easily relatable to students across genres of music. ~Biography

At your leisure, spend some time with “THIS IS ME, THIS IS US” by the amazing Jalen Baker

 

Ulysses Owens Jr.’s Big Band Debut SOUL CONVERSATIONS on Outside in Music

Soul Conversations marks the renowned drummer’s recording debut with his exciting new 19-piece outfit, the UOJ Big Band, as well as the artist’s first release on Outside in Music. With his unimpeachable drum mastery, Owens Jr. is heralded for augmenting the ensembles of such eminent figures as Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, and Kurt Elling. Recorded live at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center in early December 2019Soul Conversations captures a jubilant performance from the big band, documenting the electricity of a large ensemble that expertly balances excitement with subtlety, and polish with unbridled innovation. ~Outside in Music

Ulysses Owens Jr.’s Big Band, SOUL CONVERSATIONS

Outside in Music is thrilled to announce the May 7th, 2021 release of Soul Conversations, the fiery tour-de-force from jazz luminary Ulysses Owens JrSoul Conversations marks the renowned drummer’s recording debut with his exciting new 19-piece outfit, the UOJ Big Band, as well as the artist’s first release on Outside in Music. With his unimpeachable drum mastery Owens Jr. is heralded for augmenting the ensembles of such eminent figures as Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis and Kurt Elling. Owens Jr. has also proven his excellence at steering and magnifying his own ensembles, including his New Century Jazz Quintet. With Soul Conversations, he demonstrates a fresh and ebullient approach in large ensemble jazz. Alongside Owens Jr., Soul Conversations features trumpeters Walter CanoBenny Benack IIISummer Camargo and Giveton Gelin; trombonists Eric Miller, Gina Benalcazar, Wyatt Forhan, Chris Glassman, Seth Weaver and Michael Dease who also serves as the album’s associate producer; alto players Alexa Tarantino and Erena Terakubo, tenor players Diego Rivera and Daniel Dickinson; and baritone player Andy Gatauskas as well as pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, vocalist Charles Turner III and special guest vibraphonist Stefon Harris.

Take this impeccable gem for a spin and enjoy!!