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Album Review

Patrick Cornelius: Acadia: Way Of The Cairns

Read "Acadia: Way Of The Cairns" reviewed by Chris May


No, this is not an ECM album, though, looking at the sleeve art, you would be excused from thinking it was trying to pass itself off as one. Half of the Acadia quartet is indeed European: Estonian-born, German-based pianist Kristjan Randalu and Luxembourg-born, US-based drummer Paul Wiltgen. The other half is American: alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius and US-born, London-based double bassist Michael Janisch. The music itself is a genuinely transatlantic affair, though the US is the dominant partner: Cornelius' vigorous ...

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Interview

Patrick Cornelius: From ECM to Acadia National Park

Read "Patrick Cornelius: From ECM to Acadia National Park" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


With a persistently active live and equally dynamic release schedule in his back pocket, alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius continues to push the boundaries of the straight-ahead approach to jazz into a more modern context. Since his first recording as a leader--2006's self-released Lucid Dream featuring a cast of fellow Berklee College of Music Students from the time in pianist Aaron Parks, drummer Kendrick Scott, Nick Vayenas on trombone and singer Gretchen Parlato--the New York-based saxophonist has released eight albums to ...

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Radio & Podcasts

New albums focus with Koo, Baron, Ramu, Lund and Cornelius

Read "New albums focus with Koo, Baron, Ramu, Lund and Cornelius" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week a focus on five brand new albums from across the wide world of jazz including the exciting new release from Patrick Cornelius. Playlist Alex Koo, Mark Turner, Ralph Alessi “Ghost Parade" from Appleblueseagreen (Alex Koo) 00:00 Joey Baron, Bram de Looze, Robin Verheyen “Boo Boo's Birthday" from Mix Monk (Universal Music) 08:01 Kalya Ramu “Little One" from Living In A Dream (Kalya Ramu) 14:43 Lage Lund “Hard Eights" from Terrible Animals (Criss Cross) 18:26 Patrick Cornelius ...

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Album Review

Patrick Cornelius: This Should Be Fun

Read "This Should Be Fun" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


This Should Be Fun occupies middle ground between the various modes of experimentation that infuse present-day jazz, and a fealty to traditional practices. Alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius and an exceptional band of peers haven't completely abandoned twentieth century jazz orthodoxy, yet their work doesn't flaunt or reference specific, easily recognizable influences. If you're looking for song quotes in the midst of solos, wish to explore the relation of Cornelius' compositions to those by canonized composers, or need to match the ...

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Album Review

Patrick Cornelius: While We’re Still Young

Read "While We’re Still Young" reviewed by Roger Farbey


An alumnus of Berklee School of Music, saxophonist Patrick Cornelius has now released his sixth album containing a very fine suite of his own compositions, inspired by the poetry of A.A. Milne, the British children's author of When We Were Very Young. A brief horn introduction, reminiscent of the slow movement in Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 opens “Sand Between The Toes," rapidly ensued by a lively full ensemble section, and solos by Gerald Clayton on piano, Patrick Cornelius on alto ...

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Album Review

Patrick Cornelius: Infinite Blue

Read "Infinite Blue" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Veteran New York saxophonist and composer Patrick Cornelius delivers his fourth album as leader with Infinite Blue, a gem of a recording that sparkles with an A-list of players interpreting eight new originals and one cover tune in one audacious session of music. Not really an unusual feat for this three-time winner of the ASCAP Young Composer Award (2005-2007), the music on this album features a variety of hard bop elements as well as intricate tender ballads providing a fair ...

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Album Review

Patrick Cornelius: Maybe Steps

Read "Maybe Steps" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Fierce (Whirlwind, 2010) found alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius in fine, feisty form, as he worked through his own winning compositions in a piano-less trio with occasional guests format, but he's following a more reflective line of musical thought with a stellar quintet on Maybe Steps. This album is a mostly-original set of music with pensive pieces aplenty, and provides a better-rounded picture of the leader's talents. Cornelius may have basically been in battle mode for Fierce, but he disarms on ...


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