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Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

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A lot of the good things about All Around Us start from the bottom and work their way up. Saxophonist Brian Patneaude's compositions are a sturdy, coherent lot; they're also rife with odd time signatures, changing tempos, and an amalgam of Latin, funk, and jazz elements. The tunes are a virtual playground for bassist Mike Delprete and drummer/percussionist Danny Whelchel, who, along with pianist David Caldwell-Mason, comprise the ideal rhythm section for Patneaude's designs. With one foot firmly lodged in the trenches and the other itching to shake loose and run free, they make things happen beneath the smooth, relatively ...

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Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

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On All Around Us, Albany, New York saxophonist Brian Patneaude's solid quartet delivers a high energy, straight-ahead jazz date.As a saxophonist, Patneaude solos transparently and has a bright sound, set off by a hard-edged technical competence that will remind some of Michael Brecker, as on the complicated line of “Blucocele." On Bronisław Kaper's “Invitation," Patneaude is admirably unfazed by the celebrated 1958 John Coltrane reading of the tune on Standard Coltrane (Prestige, 1962). Patneaude the composer provides compelling settings for the quartet. His harmonic progressions suggest a moving forward, a seeking (not unlike some Coltrane compositions). He favors ...

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Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

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An active part of the jazz scene in New York's Capital District, Brian Patneaude's fifth album shows off his originality and depth as a tenor saxophonist and composer. The six original compositions and two covers on All Around Us were “inspired by people, places and events" in Patneaude's life, adding a personal gravity to the assured musicianship on display.Listing Michael Brecker, David Sanborn and Hank Mobley among his influences, Patneaude plays with an attractively big, warm tone, more guts than metal. On “Orb," Patneaude's soulful tenor builds dramatically before a pared down statement of the chanting melody closes ...

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Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

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With All Around Us saxophonist Brian Patneaude delivers a bravura performance as both artist and composer. This superior effort shouts breakthrough for this talented, but not widely known, New York Capital District saxophonist and his crew. The session offers eight brilliantly performed straight-ahead jazz compositions, of which six emanate from Patneaude's pen. Patneaude writes in a similar style to his playing; the heads feature melodic ebbs and flows in a palette of tempos, rhythmic strands and colors. Fronting a terrific rhythm section, Patneaude flies through melodies and extended solos with solid command, significant technical chops and inventive ...

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Brian Patneaude: Riverview

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Tenor saxophone players have a dilemma that may be seemingly unique to that instrument: a dilemma of sound. While every artist will strive for their unique, personal voice, the tenor saxophonist has to be haunted by the “you-know-it's-them" sounds of greats such as Lester Young, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, and Michael Brecker. What's striking about Brian Patneaude is the utter honesty of his sound. It is thought-generating, full-bodied and inviting; engaging and penetrating on an emotional and intellectual level that comes from within. Riverview delivers eight delightful selections, of which six display Patneaude's ...

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Brian Patneaude: Riverview

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Saxophonist Brian Patneaude, guitarist Mike Moreno, organist Jesse Chandler, and drummer Danny Whelchel are all relatively young, open-minded musicians. While having distinct approaches, they share a modern sense of rhythm and phrasing, often blurring barlines, playing motivically, and possessing the ability to follow their ideas where they seem to go naturally. There's a fluidity of execution which gives the illusion of ease that only the best improvisers can create. These loosely related approaches give Patneaude's fine and understated Riverview a feeling of oneness.

The opening track shows his hand right out of the gate. The vibe tends toward the pensive, ...

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Brian Patneaude: Riverview

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With Riverview, saxophonist Brian Patneaude continues to grow not only as a performer but also as an empathetic leader and composer. Like one of his influences, the esteemed Michael Brecker, Patneaude's voice is imbued with strength, melodicism and that certain New York state of mind. A few changes in personnel and instrumentation from previous Patneaude releases enhance the saxophonist's simpatico writing style. Organist Jesse Chandler, who possesses an ethereal whispery timbre, plays more in the vein of Larry Young's sophistication than Jimmy Smith's greased B3 grooves. Drummer Danny Whelchel, who has been an integral part of the ...

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Brian Patneaude at the Massry Center for the Arts in Albany, NY

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Brian Patneaude Massry Center for the Arts Albany, NY February 7, 2009

After a brief delay, Brian Patneaude and company took the stage at the Massry Center for the Arts to enthusiastic applause from the near-capacity crowd. Without a moment's hesitation, the group launched into the title track from Riverview, Patneaude's lastest album. Joining the saxophonist at the College of Saint Rose's newly constructed arts center were guitarist Mike Moreno, organist Jesse Chandler, and the Quartet's regular drummer, Danny Whelchel.

This evening's performance celebrated the release of the leader's new album, ...

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Brian Patneaude Quartet: As We Know It

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As We Know It, tenor saxophonist Brian Patneaude's third album following Variations (WEPA, 2003) and Distance (WEPA, 2005), is a wonderful album filled with memorable tunes that stick in the mind, played with a joy that is infectious. By this time, Patneaude and his quartet is a brand in the best sense of the word. The band is remarkably stable; other than bassist Mike DelPrete replacing Ryan Lucas, guitarist George Muscatello, drummer Danny Wechtel and keyboardist Dave Payette are all back from Distance. Patneaude is the compositional engine, writing for the band and its personality and getting ...

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Brian Patneaude: Taking A Stand

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On the new episode of The Jazz Session, Jason Crane interviews saxophonist and composer Brian Patneaude. His new quartet album is called As We Know It (WEPA Records, 2007). Patneaude was born and raised near Albany, NY. He's chosen to make his musical stand in Albany, and the choice is paying off. Patneaude is a busy musician, whether it's his weekly residency at famed Albany jazz club Justin's or his continuing gig with Grammy-nominated Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra. As We Know It features seven strong compositions by Patneaude, and some inspired playing by his regular ...

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Brian Patneaude Quartet: As We Know It

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The Brian Patneaude Quartet's third release As We Know It is like a cool breeze, a favorite piece of clothing, or the warmth of the sun's rays. The music is neither frantic nor languorous; it sounds and feels comfortable. Popular in the upstate New York area they've been gained the approval of critics but most importantly listeners, with palatable and engaging music that's easy on the ears yet also conveys a tight group presence. A very good saxophonist, Patneaude's own style draws inspiration from renowned horn players Michael Brecker and David Sanborn with music that appeals to ...

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Brian Patneaude Quartet: As We Know It

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To hear some people talk, jazz in the Albany, New York, area begins and ends with Nick Brignola, whose brilliant baritone sax was taken from us when he died of cancer in 2002. Aside from the fact that this outlook completely dismisses Albany native Stefon Harris--whose African Tarantella: Dances with Duke (Blue Note, 2006) made a bunch of “Best Of lists--it also ignores the array of vibrant, exploring players that make up the current Capital Region jazz community.

The Brian Patneaude Quartet is at the top of that roster. The BPQ has been popping up on the national ...

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Brian Patneaude Quartet: Variations & Distance

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Brian Patneaude Quartet Variations (2003) Distance (2005) WEPA Records

It is easy to see why tenor saxophonist Brian Patneaude and his quartet are so popular and busy. The group is extremely tight and its music is like nothing else. Sounding at various turns exuberant, soaring, grooving, or longing, it leaves you in suspense from one track to the next about what is going to happen. Even within a track, the music is never predictable, and many times the band's total sound can sweep you away. While ...

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Brian Patneaude Quartet: Distance

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In almost no time at all, 31-year-old saxophonist Brian Patneaude has become the first-call king of Albany, NY's buzzing jazz scene. Variations, his quartet's excellent 2003 debut, instantly established him as one of the mainstream's hottest new tenors; he also retains a chair in the renowned Empire Jazz Orchestra, plays salsa and merengue with Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra and blues with the Tom Healey Band, and makes experimental sounds with the DJ-plus-live instruments project Nouveau Chill. On top of all this, he still finds time to sit in with other local players and to oversee www.albanyjazz.com, a site ...



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