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Jacob Garchik: Clear Line

Read "Clear Line" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


As strange as it may sound, sometimes the best way to break free is to simply box yourself in. Limitations obviously cut off certain possibilities entirely, but they open the mind to so many others in the process. Composer (and trombonist) Jacob Garchik has long subscribed to that line of thinking and he takes it to bold heights on this, the most original, least derivative big band recording to arrive in ages. Basically throwing out the rule ...

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Jacob Garchik: Ye Olde

Read "Ye Olde" reviewed by Troy Collins


Ye Olde, the self-titled debut of Jacob Garchik's latest ensemble, has been described by the eclectic trombonist--who serves as in-house arranger for the Kronos Quartet, co-leads the Mexican brass band Banda de los Muertos, and is responsible for the Atheist Gospel Trombone Choir--thusly: “Imagine a 2015 cover of the soundtrack to a 1970's remake of a 1930's movie about the Middle Ages." Truth be told, Garchik's summarization is perfect; though nostalgic, this diverse effort (based on a whimsical tale involving ...

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Jacob Garchik: Ye Olde

Read "Ye Olde" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


In Ye Olde, trombonist Jacob Garchik uses progressive rock, jazz and plenty of imagination to create what might be a mashup of Game of Thrones and 21st century music. He's performed with Henry Threadgill and Lee Konitz and produced the outstanding 2012 solo project The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album (Yestereve Records). These proclivities continue in his fourth date as a leader about an imagined faux-Gothic Flatbush/ Brooklyn architecture brought to fruition by a forward thinking band who handle ...

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Jacob Garchik: The Heavens (The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album)

Read "The Heavens (The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album)" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Brooklyn-based Jacob Garchik's The Heavens (The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album) recalls the prose of author James Weldon Johnson's famous 1927 book of poetry, God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. where Garchik's stunning trombone work is likened to the poem's protagonist: a charismatic preacher with the ability to deliver awestruck messages. Garchik's trombone is the messenger, yielding powerful orations that are spirited and persuasive, like a sentence taken from Weldon's book that reads:“He intoned, he moaned, he pleaded-he ...

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Jacob Garchik: Romance

Read "Romance" reviewed by Laurel Gross


Jacob Garchik may be a trombonist but he marches to the tune of a different drummer. Although his compositions and playing on this new recording don't fall into an easy category, Romance is eminently likeable. While at first everything sounds unpredictable and free-spirited--imagine colors you haven't seen, combinations of sounds you haven't heard--it's soon clear that there is an organizing force behind these original offerings. Some sections are too pretty and melodic, even at times classical sounding, ...

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Jacob Garchik: Abstracts

Read "Abstracts" reviewed by Andrey Henkin


Music based in trombone, piano, and drums is full of round edges. It doesn't attack listeners with sharp points but rather envelops them, like a soft blanket or heat rays from the sun when it reappears from behind a cloud. Abstracts, Jacob Garchik's debut as a leader, presents the young but very veteran New York trombonist in a wonderfully pithy session with two equally young veterans in Jacob Sacks (piano) and Dan Weiss (drums). Eight pieces, entitled ...


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