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Jeremy Udden - Nicolas Moreaux: Belleville Project

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While housesitting in France, nascent American jazz saxophonist Jeremy Udden unsuspectingly connected with French bassist Nicolas Moreaux via social media, seeking musicians interested in playing a session. And while Udden has previously blended rock, folk and other genres into his repertoire, the twosome shared a joint interest in amalgamating the jazz vernacular with other idioms. Indeed, the sextet expresses good karma along with splashes of French romanticism and notable inferences toward Americana. Moreover, the program is garnished with the musicians' ...

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Jeremy Udden: Far From Plain

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Jeremy Udden is one of those outstanding working musicians on the scene in Brooklyn. A saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, he is--like so many musicians of his generation--influenced by a variety of things outside what is known as jazz, and his music reflects that. He's developed a band called Plainville that offers a different sound and feel. A different tapestry on which musicians can subtly embroider their improvisations. A different mosaic. Out of the New England Conservatory, he cut ...

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Jeremy Udden's Plainville: If the Past Seems So Bright

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Named after his rural Massachusetts hometown, Plainville is Brooklyn-based saxophonist Jeremy Udden's heartfelt roots music-inspired project. In the New England Conservatory graduate's own words, “I listened to a lot of rock growing up, I continue to do so. So a lot of my music is about reconciling that...." From singer-songwriters like Neil Young to alt-rock icons The Pixies, Udden's musical influences run the gamut, much like those of his peers and fellow band mates. If the Past Seems So Bright ...

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Jeremy Udden: Plainville

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Saxophonist Jeremy Udden comes armed with heavyweight credentials. He's an alumnus of Russ Gershon's phenomenal Either/Orchestra--his playing among the high points of that ensemble's epochal Ethiopiques 20: Live in Addis (Buda Musique, 2005), a record replete with high points.On this, his second album as a leader, Udden heads far from the Ethiopian sounds of the Gershon disc. He heads back home, in fact: Plainville is named for Udden's Massachusetts hometown.

The first couple of tracks sound ...

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Jeremy Udden: Plainville

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Saxophonist Jeremy Udden's sophomore release is a compassionate and happy reflection on his home town of Plainville, in rural southern Massachusetts, and his early and formative musical influences as a boy who was interested in all kinds of music-- indie-rock, alt-country, folk and, later on, jazz. Though this is an emotional journey, arranged in a highly sophisticated and elegant jazz vocabulary, sometimes his nuanced orchestrations sound as if they are paying tribute to the rich vocabulary of his former big ...

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Jeremy Udden: Plainville

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Former Either/Orchestra saxophonist Jeremy Udden's sophomore album, Plainville is dedicated to his rural Massachusetts hometown of the same name. Drawing on some of his earliest musical inspirations, this varied session integrates alt-country, folk, and rock influences into a jazz context. Continuing a conceptual thread begun on his debut, Torchsongs (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2006) this record draws on the past without wallowing in nostalgia, resulting in a diverse yet coherent sonic experience.

On Plainville, Udden enjoys the company ...

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Jeremy Udden: Torchsongs

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The experience Jeremy Udden gained through a six-year stint with Boston's Either/Orchestra seems to have given the saxophonist's debut album a variety of moods. The album was recorded in two sessions in 2003 and 2005, and several of the compositions were written while Udden was confined to his apartment for four months due to a case of severe vertigo. Udden essentially recorded two separate groups utilizing Ben Monder (guitar), John Lockwood (bass), Matt Wilson (drums) and guest Bob Brookmeyer (valve ...

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Jeremy Udden: Torchsongs

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Saxophonist Jeremy Udden brought his sextet to Cornelia Street Café recently in support of his debut disc, Torchsongs, comprised mostly of his originals that blend straight-ahead themes laced with jazz/rock influences. Udden displayed a soft yet sure touch on alto (he plays soprano on the disc, too, but didn't pick up the second horn at the show), and his originals provided solid melodic opportunities for the band members to build on. In a sense, the live performance ...


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