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Sorey, Tyshawn Trio (w/ Aaron Diehl / Matt Brewer): Continuing (Pi Recordings)

Drummer Tyshawn Sorey takes his sophisticated piano trio of pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Matt Brewer into deeper territory following their debut album Continuing, here expanding the breadth of their playing in four extended and passionate interpretations of works by Wayne Shorter, Ahmad Jamal, Sorey's mentor Harold Mabern, and the standard "Angel Eyes".
 

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Matt Brewer-bass


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UPC: 808713009828

Label: Pi Recordings
Catalog ID: Pi 98
Squidco Product Code: 33986

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack

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"Continuing is drummer Tyshawn Sorey's highly-anticipated follow-up to Mesmerism and The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism, his two critically-acclaimed 2022 release that feature this avowed avant-gardist's surprising forays into classic, swinging jazz. Those two prior releases were voted #4 and #5 besa

"Continuing is drummer Tyshawn Sorey's highly-anticipated follow-up to Mesmerism and The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism, his two critically-acclaimed 2022 release that features this avowed avant-gardist's surprising forays into classic, swinging jazz. Those two releases were voted #4 and #5 best albums of the year, respectively, in the annual Francis Davis Jazz Poll of over 150 jazz critics. In two 4 ½ Star reviews, Downbeat called Mesmerism "wonderfully simple, yet breathtakingly deep" and Off-Off Broadway (featuring saxophonist Greg Osby) "music robust enough to have you believe the energy generated by the group is its own discrete force." Though Continuingfeatures the same musicians as on Mesmerism - Sorey on drums, pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Matt Brewer - the result could not be more different. While the performances on the earlier release are mostly neatly-contained, Continuing is expansive, with its four long tracks given room to breathe deeply, allowing the musicians to explore crevices and possibilities while maintaining the performances' attention to melody, groove, swing, and the blues.

In many ways, Continuing is a counterbalance to Sorey's other recent artistic output: a respite from the compulsion to create new works such as "Monochromatic Light (Afterlife)," which was named a 2022 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. It is, however, no less the height of artistic achievement. The performances on Continuing are masterful and unforced, played with an honesty and spontaneity that get at the music's emotional core. The album is dedicated to pianist Harold Mabern, an important mentor to Sorey who passed away in 2019 and is a central influence for the entire recording. His composition "In What Direction Are You Headed," which originally appeared on Lee Morgan's eponymous final album, closes this program. With the recent passing of Wayne Shorter and Ahmad Jamal - whose respective compositions "Reincarnation Blues" (from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' Buhaina's Delight) and "Seleritus" (from Portfolio of Ahmad Jamal) appear on the album - Continuing became a de facto homage to all three.

According to Sorey, Mabern, whom Sorey studied with at William Paterson University, "knew that even though I was coming out of the tradition and playing with cats who did that stuff for real, I was growing increasingly restless with that style while getting more into free/avant-garde music." Once, on a bus heading into New York City, "he told me that if I wanted to really know about freedom and how to make the music swing hard and feel good, to go listen to Ahmad Jamal. The first record that did it for me was Portfolio of Ahmad Jamal and when I listened to that, a whole other window of virtuosity was on display - DISCIPLINE! And that taught me this: if you can't even play music with some form of discipline, then you have no concept of so-called freedom whatsoever. Listening to Jamal was as if he were literally speaking to me as he 'spoke' in complete sentences, paragraphs, and chapters. His solos alone are complete, well-thought-out spontaneous compositions. Everything he played had a thread; there was meaning and purpose for everything that was happening."

It was with that same ambition that Sorey approached Continuing. The mood is inspired by the McCoy Tyner album Night of Ballads & Blues, with an emphasis on getting deeper into the music and its feel rather than clever arrangements and flashy solos. The original plan was to record ten compositions, but the result was only four long, profound performances. According to Sorey: "I wanted to create an environment where the music can really breathe and focus more on the way that the three of us interact, with space for us to just sit for a moment, and they just naturally ended up being the length they were." There is a quiet intensity to the album, with deliberate playing and no wasted notes. The arrangements, which were conceived during the recording session, are like huge roadmaps filled with infinite possibilities, relying on the musicians' composerly instincts to deliver their narrative cohesion. The group recorded only one or two takes of each, with the first take usually chosen. "Angel Eyes," with its subtle modulations and glacial tempo that requires laser-focused concentration proved to be the most challenging. Rather than just playing pointillistic daubs of color, Sorey leans into a deep groove, magnifying its simmering intensity in spite its languorous pace and low volume - a feat of musical wizardry."-Pi Recordings

t albums of the year, respectively, in the annual Francis Davis Jazz Poll of over 150 jazz critics. In two 4.5 Star reviews, Downbeat called Mesmerism "wonderfully simple, yet breathtakingly deep" and Off-Off Broadway (featuring saxophonist Greg Osby) "music robust enough to have you believe the energy generated by the group is its own discrete force." While the new release features the same musicians as on Mesmerism - Sorey on drums, pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Matt Brewer - the result could not be more different. While the first release is mostly comprised of neat jewel cases, Continuing is sprawling, with its four long tracks given room to breathe deeply, allowing themusicians to explore crevices and possibilities while keeping the emphasis on melody, groove, swing, and the blues. The languorous pace taken on the standard "Angel Eyes" requires a rare intensity of concentration from the trio, but they dig deeply into the feeling of all of the songs, including compositions by Wayne Shorter and Ahmad Jamal, who both coincidentally passed away recently, and Harold Mabern, a mentor to Sorey. The performances are masterful and unforced, played with an honesty and spontaneity that get at the music's emotional core."-Pi


Artist Biographies

"Tyshawn Sorey (born July 8, 1980 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American musician and composer who plays drum set, percussion, trombone and piano.

Since graduating from William Paterson University, Sorey has been a sought-after musician in many different musical idioms. He is both a performer and composer, and has had works reviewed in The Wire, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Modern Drummer and Down Beat. In August 2009, Sorey was given the opportunity to curate a month of performances at the Stone, a New York performance space owned by John Zorn. He was selected as an Other Minds 17 (2012).

Sorey recently completed a Master of Arts in composition at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. In the fall of 2011, he began pursuing doctoral work in composition at Columbia University.

To date, Sorey has released four albums as a leader: That/Not (2007, Firehouse 12 Records), Koan (2009, 482 Music), Oblique (2011, Pi Recordings) and Alloy (2014, Pi Recordings). He has recorded or performed with musicians including Wadada Leo Smith, Steve Coleman, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Steve Lehman, Joey Baron, Muhal Richard Abrams, Pete Robbins, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Butch Morris and Sylvie Courvoisier, among many others."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyshawn_Sorey)
7/10/2024

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"Since his debut release on Mack Avenue Records in 2013, pianist-composer Aaron Diehl has mystified listeners with his layered artistry. He reaches into expansion. At once temporal and ethereal - deliberate in touch and texture - his expression transforms the piano into an orchestral vessel in the spirit of beloved predecessors Ahmad Jamal, Erroll Garner, Art Tatum and Jelly Roll Morton. Moment to moment, he considers what instrument he's moved to evoke. "This is a singular voice here, but maybe this section is a saxophone soli, or this piece here are high winds or low brass in the bass," says the Steinway artist, describing his concept on the bandstand.

Following three critically-acclaimed leader albums, the American Pianist Association's 2011 Cole Porter fellow now focuses his attention on what it means to be authentic, to be present within himself. His most recent release on Mack Avenue, The Vagabond, reveals his breadth as who The New York Times calls "a composer worth watching." Across nine original tracks and works by Philip Glass and Sergei Prokofiev, Aaron leans into imagination and exploration. His forthcoming solo record, poised for release in spring 2021, promises an expansion of that search in a setting at once unbound and intimate.

In his sound, Aaron finds evolving meaning in the briefest phrases. He conjures three-dimensional expansion of melody, counterpoint and movement through time. Rather than choose one sound or another, one genre or another - one identity or another - Aaron invites listeners into the chambered whole of his artistry. His approach reflects varied ancestral lineages and cultural expressions. And he remains committed to independence and self-discovery.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, a young Aaron flourished among family members supportive of his artistic inclinations. His grandfather, piano and trombone player Arthur Baskerville, inspired him to pursue music and nurtured his talent. In 2003, Aaron traveled to New York; following his success as a finalist in Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2002 Essentially Ellington competition and a subsequent European tour with Wynton Marsalis, he began studying under mentors Kenny Barron, Eric Reed and Oxana Yablonskaya, earning his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School. His love affair with rub and tension prompted a years-long immersion in seemingly disparate sound palettes he found to be similar in depth, resonance and impulse to explore, from Monk and Ravel to Gershwin and William Grant Still. Among other towering figures, Still in particular inspires Aaron's ongoing curation of Black American composers in his own performance programming, unveiled this past fall at 92nd St. Y. This ongoing project, along with his recent and widely lauded trio interpretations of Glass' iconic repertoire, has propelled Aaron into the next phase of self-actualizing. He embraces the challenge of drawing on other artists' visions and expressions, then interpreting those within the framework of his own personal aesthetic.

At age 17, Diehl was a finalist in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition, where he was noticed by Wynton Marsalis. Soon after, Diehl was invited to tour Europe with the Wynton Marsalis Septet (Marsalis has famously referred to him as "The Real Diehl.") That Fall he would matriculate to the Juilliard School, studying with jazz pianists Kenny Barron and Eric Reed and classical pianist Oxana Yablonskaya. Diehl came to wider recognition in 2011 as winner of the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter Fellowship, which included $50,000 in career development and a recording contract with the esteemed Mack Avenue Records.

As thoroughly a collaborator as he is a leader, Aaron has appeared at such celebrated international venues as The Barbican, Ronnie Scott's, Elbphilharmonie and Philharmonie de Paris, as well as domestic mainstays Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Village Vanguard and Walt Disney Hall. Jazz Festival appearances comprise performances at Detroit, Newport, Atlanta and Monterey, for which he received the 2014 festival commission. Orchestral performances include hits at New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Aaron's appetite for expansion has afforded him passing and extended associations with some of the music's most fascinating and enduring figures including Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Buster Williams, Branford Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon and Philip Glass. His formative association with multi-GRAMMY award-winning artist Cecile McLorin Salvant only enhanced his study and deeply personal delivery of the American Songbook. Recent highlights have included appearing at the New York premiere of Philip Glass' complete Etudes at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, collaborating with flamenco guitarist Dani De Morón in Flamenco Meets Jazz (produced by Savannah Music Festival and Flamenco Festival) and performing with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra as featured soloist on George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F. The New York Times lauded the "brilliance" of his performance: "The roomy freedom of [his] playing in bluesy episodes was especially affecting. He folded short improvised sections into the score, and it's hard to imagine that Gershwin would not have been impressed."

When he's not at the studio or on the road, he's likely in the air. A licensed pilot, Aaron holds commercial single- and multi-engine certificates."

-Aaron Diehl Website (https://www.aarondiehl.com/bio)
7/10/2024

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"Matt Brewer was born in Oklahoma City but spent most of his youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born into a musical family, Matt was surrounded by music from an early age, both his father and grandfather being jazz musicians, and his mother an avid music lover and radio DJ (who, even before Matt was born, would play classic jazz albums for him). After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Matt attended the inagural class of The Juilliard Jazz Program and studied with bassists Rodney Whitaker and Ben Wolfe. After spending two years at Juilliard he decided to leave school to make time for his busy touring schedule. Since then he has worked with artists such as Greg Osby, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lee Konitz, David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard, Antonio Sanchez, Vijay Iyer, Adam Rogers, Steve Coleman, Dave Binney, Aaron Parks, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and many others. He recently recorded his second album as a leader on the Criss Cross Jazz label. He is an adjunct faculty member at The New School, and has been a frequent guest artist/teacher at the Banff Center."

-Matt Brewer Website (http://mattbrewerbass.com/biography/)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Reincarnation Blues 10:24

2. Seleritus 15:42

3. Angel Eyes 13:42

4. In What Direction Are You Headed 10:45

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Improvised Music
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Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
Piano Trio (Piano Bass Drums)
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
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