At the tail end of 2013, trombonist Ryan Keberle contributed an enlightened article-cum-manifesto to The NYC Jazz Record. In said piece, Keberle used Music Is Emotion (Alternate Side Records, 2013), the debut project from his piano-less quartet called Catharsis, as a springboard into discussion about left-brain vs. right-brain forms of creation, the importance of stressing musicality over complexity, and the need to find a way to that zen-like space where the music flows. The article--"Into The Zone"--foreshadowed the direction and title of this superb album. On Into The Zone, there isn't any intentional showboating, musical haughtiness, needless ...read more
Ryan Keberle is a musician with open ears, who listens to all kinds of music with the attitude that in most cases something can be learned from it. He listens as a fan and as a musician. It can be just to enjoy rock, alternative, pop, R&B or blues. But there might be a kernel of something that will stick with him, maybe influencing in his gripping and supple trombone solos, or in his writing and arranging.He plays trombone. But also piano. And he sings. His considerable--and growing-- talents extend to writing and arranging. Those are the threads ...read more
Music can be defined, analyzed and categorized, but those formal processes do little to help demystify the effect it can have on people. That's because music's power isn't directly related to the science behind the sound; music truly makes its mark through emotional connectivity, and trombonist Ryan Keberle is keenly aware of this. In just over a decade, Keberle has become one of the most in-demand trombonists on the scene, and he's done so by using his considerable technique to communicate with, rather than play at, the people who encounter his horn. Keberle keeps wide-ranging company, working ...read more
Brass band-oriented projects seemed to be all the rage in 2009. Dave Douglas, leaning on the work of Lester Bowie and the heritage of the Crescent City, garnered great critical acclaim and artistic success with his Brass Ecstasy project. Saxophonist David Binney created a mysterious and intriguing blend between a guest brass section and his core quartet on Third Occasion (Mythology Record, 2009). Trombonist Ryan Keberle is now hot on their heels with Heavy Dreaming, featuring his Double Quartet--piano, drums, bass and trombone, augmented with a brass quartet. While each of these three individualists presents vastly different music with their ...read more
The double quartet that trombonist Ryan Keberle brings to the studio for this debut recording shares a true appreciation for superb tone and a freewheeling sense of rhythm. With arrangements that parallel those of a quality big band, the ensemble combines an acoustic, trombone-led jazz quartet along with a top-notch brass quartet for a notable experience.
Keberle's double quartet sizzles from start to finish, his five original compositions bringing a fresh opinion to the forum while two recent jazz classics and two familiar Beatles tunes lend a new twist to pleasant memories. With experience that includes touring with ...read more
Trombonist Ryan Keberle's debut CD, Double Quartet (Alternative Side, 2007), displays a facile and expressive instrumentalist with a sound and technique that is smoothly intoned and gregarious with an emphasis on creating strong melodic lines. He is also a musical thinker with a rapidly maturing compositional and arranging style.He currently performs with his own group, but stays busy in New York as a member of Maria Schneider's Orchestra and performing with the likes of Slide Hampton, Joe Lovano and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He is currently a lecturer at City University's Hunter College.His emergent talents ...read more
Whether one considers trombonist Ryan Keberle's group as either two quartets or simply a fully-functional octet, the gifts of this young improvisor are well evident on his debut CD, Double Quartet. The combination of a small but rich horn ensemble mixes well with a skilled and subtle rhythm section to produce thoughtful and expressive music.The majority of the selections are Keberle's own compositions. The opening track, Something Speaking, sets the bar high, creating inventive arrangements with austere melodic detail that pretty much characterize the disc as a whole. Keberle keeps the horn voicings tight and unified in tone ...read more