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Negative Press Project (NPP) is a jazz collective based out of Oakland, CA. NPP is one of the latest singular ensembles to emerge from the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA. “Versatility abounds, and they always look for new ground to explore," says The Bay Bridged. Co-led by bassist Andrew Lion and pianist/keyboardist Ruthie Dineen, the expansive electro-acoustic ensemble always brings a supple textural palette to their largely original repertoire. While the group remains focused on their roots in improvisation and committed to deeply inspired composition, they are constantly exploring the intersections of jazz, chamber, and rock music. The voices of Tony Peebles (Tenor Sax), Rafa Postel (Trumpet), Chris Sullivan (Alto Sax), Lyle Link (Alto & Tenor Sax), Luis Salcedo (Guitar), and Isaac Schwartz (Drums), imprint the music with a multitude of diverse experiences and sounds. The band released an impressive debut album See Evil Eyes | Civilize in 2015 focusing on original compositions. In 2017 they released their second album Eternal Life – Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds, which received 4 stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their latest album, Within, was released in the summer of 2019, which was followed by their third tour of the Pacific Northwest. Negative Press Project compositions and performances continue to build on personal themes to the composer, as well as more universally that of income inequality, racial divides, and the ambiguities of privilege in U.S. society, as well as effects felt more locally throughout the SF Bay Area region.


Album Review

Negative Press Project: The Victorious Sessions

Read "The Victorious Sessions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Northern California-based ensemble has taken a bold step in its musical journey. The compositions are intricate, weaving together complex rhythms and melodies as each piece tells its own story, with the musicians' styles shining through, yet harmoniously blending to create a unified band persona. The band's standout feature is its ability to balance improvisation with structured composition amid jazz fusion, Afro-Cuban, West-African, classic West Coast “cool" and nods to the big-band era. The jazz influence is evident ...

Album Review

Negative Press Project: Eternal Life

Read "Eternal Life" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There are few people in music who have become more famous through a very small body of work than Jeff Buckley. At the time of his death by accidental drowning in 1997, the singer-songwriter's recorded legacy consisted of one live EP of cover tunes and one studio album, Grace. Nevertheless his multi-octave voice and the ethereal rush of his songs have touched a lot of people. There's been a film and several books about him, several people have covered his ...

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Negative Press Project To Release 'The Victorious Sessions' On Ridgeway Records On November 3

Negative Press Project To Release 'The Victorious Sessions' On Ridgeway Records On November 3

Source: GoMedia PR

Negative Press Project, the eight-piece jazz/indie-art rock–inspired original music collective originally from Oakland, California and spearheaded by bassist Andrew Lion and pianist Ruthie Dineen, will release The Victorious Sessions, their first album since 2019’s Within, on November 3 on Ridgeway Records.The album’s release will be preceded by three singles: “Birds of Agamon Hula” on September 8, “Hexagons” on September 22, and “Table for Three” on October 6. The album will also be released on vinyl on Envelopmental Music Records later ...

“✭✭✭✭” -DownBeat “A “jazz adjacent” sound that allows for countless creative possibilities.” - The New Cool KNKX “a nice balance between [ ] song structure, and the desire of the ensemble to roam free and explore...people will, in fact, find plenty to like.” -Bird is the Worm “sumptuously detailed instrumental arrangements. Reverent but unintimidated, their sound is a seamless blend of chamber jazz, rock and instrumental pop.” -Mercury News “Instrumental arrangements that evoke [ ] spirit and vibe” -San Francisco Chronicle “open to all possibilities...melodious frameworks for instrumental improvisation within a focused ensemble setting

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Victorious...

Ridgeway Records


Eternal Life

Ridgeway Records


Birds of Agamon Hula

From: The Victorious Sessions
By Negative Press Project

Dream Brother

From: Eternal Life
By Negative Press Project


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