The sophomore release of New York-based saxophonist/composer Jason Rigby features him as a unique new voice that deserves wider attention. His deep, full-bodied tenor sound and his inside-outside jazz vocabulary reference sax greats such as John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, while his elastic sense of time sounds closer to the fluid playfulness of Ornette Coleman. His nuanced compositions and compelling experiments in instrumentation enrich his jazz language with ideas and colors that hark back to composers Béla Bartok, Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss.
Rigby leads a cast of stellar players: trumpeter Russ Johnson, keyboardist Mike Hoboler and bassist Cameron Brown--all ...read more
Jason Rigby is a bold and adventurous composer and saxophonist. He blends styles artfully and gives them a tangent and direction that are out of the ordinary and. in doing so, he brings in a perspective that is as exciting as it is satisfying.
Rigby made his debut as a leader with Translucent Space (Fresh Sound, 2006). His second CD, The Sage, absorbs the spirit of his multifarious vision and brings his writing and playing into sharper focus.
The basic thrust of Crux" is bop and the band gets the beat right off the top. Rigby ...read more
When purists maintain their Cheney-like insistence that nobody could have foreseen Miles Davis recording something as incendiary as Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969), they reveal a blind spot the size of the Chrysler Building. The pre-Brew signs were as plain as the glasses on Stanley Crouch's face: First there was Filles de Kilimanjaro (Columbia, 1968), which codified changes referenced on Nefertiti (Columbia, 1967); following Filles was In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969), which--once past the revelatory opening figure of Joe Zawinul's title track--is basically two grooves stretched out over nearly twenty minutes apiece. The roots of saxophonist Jason Rigby's The Sage ...read more
New York-based saxophonist Jason Rigby's sophomore effort, The Sage, is the follow-up to his much-heralded premier as a leader, Translucent Space (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2006). Featuring the core members of his debut's nonet, this forceful quintet session traverses the exploratory electro-acoustic sound world of early fusion, the muscularity of hard bop, and the spacious freedom of the avant-garde.
A robust tenor/soprano stylist in the classic Post-War mold of John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, Rigby also embraces the harmonically unfettered lyricism of Ornette Coleman. An improviser with a composer's mindset, his concise, linear statements extrapolate the formal constraints ...read more
With The Sage, Jason Rigby has composed an album that’s thought-provoking without being pretentious, accessible without being insubstantial. Rigby is a fine saxophonist who builds coherent ideas gradually without over-emoting, the sign of someone in complete control of his craft.The fluid themes and textures of “Magenta” recall an Ornette Coleman-type of opening, with drummer Gerald Cleaver thrashing impatiently above the slowly developing motif. Trumpeter Russ Johnson picks up Cleaver’s tempo, then hands it off to Rigby, who sprints away passionately on tenor. The tight brass arrangement and Mike Holober’s Rhodes musings on “Crux” bring the ... read more
On this aptly named album, Jason Rigby makes quite an impact. As a composer, he brings in his several musical influences. As a musician, he shows exemplary skill on the instruments he plays, including a wood flute that is used in India.
Rigby keeps his charts open to various styles. For the most part, he feeds his band with the nucleus of an idea that they can flesh and bring to a resolution. The initial notations open out and take several diversions that do not detract from the whole. He gives notice of that right off when Proximo ...read more
31-year-old New York musician Jason Rigby has previous experience working with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Aretha Franklin's Band at Radio City Music Hall. He trained at Youngstown State University in Ohio, DePaul University in Chicago and at the Manhattan School of Music. While still in Cleveland, he performed regularly with organist Dan Wall and tenor saxophonist Ernie Krivda, and at the Manhattan School of Music he played with Dick Oatts, Mike Abene and Rich Perry. He was awarded Down Beat magazine's Best College Jazz Instrumentalist in 1999.
On this debut recording, Jason Rigby ...read more
On the competitive New York scene, you've got to be more than just a strong player; you've got to have a concept. Woodwind multi-instrumentalist Jason Rigby's eclectic yet focused debut, Translucent Space, is one of those records that creeps up on you. Recorded live to two-track in just one day, the disc shows Rigby's broad textural reach and integration of a range of stylistic influences. This is one of the handful of records that seem to emerge out of nowhere each year, introducing an artist who demands to be followed closely.
Fresh Sound Records fans will know Rigby for his ...read more
Multiple reedman Jason Rigby plays soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, as well as bass clarinet and wood flute, on Translucent Space. But it's not his skill with the instruments that makes the disc so rewarding, it's the fully realized ensemble sound he's crafted. The 31-year-old musician's debut recording puts on full display his considerable skills as a composer and arranger.As a composer, Rigby cites influences ranging from Wayne Shorter and Ornette Coleman to classical artists like Glass, Mahler, Bartok and Shostakovich. I also hear a parallel with Andrew Hill in the rousing blend of written parts coexisting seamlessly ...read more
Modern jazz saxophone is healthy--a wealth of talented young horn players are proving their own merit in the genre. New York based Jason Rigby shows he also has what it takes on as serious player and composer on Translucent Space. Rigby has performed with seminal artists like pianist Kris Davis (Life Span, 2004) and bassists Eivind Opsvik (Overseas , 2003) and Bob Sabin (Killdozer, 2005). The company Rigby keeps says a lot about him. His partners share a proclivity towards modern music, be it frenzied rock, urban beats or new mainstream ideas. His debut, Translucent Space, is a real contender, ...read more
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