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Bassist Carlo De Rosa's Cross-Fade with Vijay Iyer on keyboards, saxophonist Mark Shim, and drummer Justin Brown, jazz that crosses acoustic and electric boundaries with great skill and melodicism.

De Rosa, Carlo's Cross-Fade
Brain Dance

De Rosa, Carlo's Cross-Fade: Brain Dance (Cuneiform)
Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"Since moving to New York City, first call bassist Carlo De Rosa has had the opportunity to work with many great artists in the Jazz and Latin World. This has led to diverse musical and cultural experiences and has allowed Carlo to work with a wide variety of artists such as Ravi Coltrane, John Faddis, Yo-Yo Ma, Jack DeJohnette, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, John Scofield, The Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Tyshawn Sorey, Ed Thigpen, Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi, Nick Brignola, Mickey Roker, Warren Bernhardt, Miguel Zenon, Jason Moran and the NYC Ballet.

Proficient, creative, clearly an in-demand bassist, Carlo De Rosa is earning a reputation of very high standards. As a composer and band-leader of the quartet Cross-Fade, he also has very high standards, but outside of New York City clubs, this work has not been widely recognized. Brain Dance is set to remedy that situation!

Pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the jazz world's quickly rising stars. He was described by The Village Voice as "the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years," by The New Yorker as one of "today's most important pianists... extravagantly gifted," and by the L.A. Weekly as "a boundless and deeply important young star." Most recently, in the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, Iyer was named the 2010 Musician of the Year and his album, Historicity has been nominated for a 2010 Grammy.

Saxist Mark Shim recorded three albums for the legendary Blue Note label and his work was called "razor-sharp" and "ceaselessly inventive...ferocious yet subtle." by the All Music Guide. With a unique deep timbre and chops that range from swinging bop, uncut funk, to avant-garde, Shim works and records with artists such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Carmen Lundy, Greg Osby, Terence Blanchard, The Headhunters, Michele Rosewoman, Liberty Ellman, and Steve Lehman.Drummer Justin Brown is the youngest member of the group and the least known at this point, but a quick listen to Brain Dance reveals he's a powerful, potent player who is beginning to make a major name for himself. A native of Oakland, CA, he began playing drums when he was only 2. He received a full scholarship to Julliard in 2004, moved to NYC to attend and graduate and where he has remained ever since. He has peformed with Esperanza Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Stefon Harris, Peter Apfelbaum, Gerald Clayton and Rudresh Mahanthappa."-Cuneiform

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Product Information:

UPC: 045775031729

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: Rune 317
Squidco Product Code: 14056

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on February 26th, 2009 at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY by Mike Marciano.


Mark Shim-tenor saxophone

Vijay Iyler-piano and Fender Rhodes

Carlo De Rosa-acoustic and electric bass

Justin Brown-drums and cymbals

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Track Listing:

1. Circular Woes 7:09

2. For Otto 7:14

3. Maja 6:19

4. Headbanger's Bawl 7:11

5. Brain Dance 2:37

6. Terrane / A Phase 13:22

7. Route 17 7:26