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Josh Sinton's Predicate Trio: Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically

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Bass clarinetist and baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton (Ideal Bread, Nate Wooley Quintet, Adam Hopkins' Crickets) has always been a tenacious improviser, and with his new trio bridges the gap between post-modernism, raw experimentalism and core jazz fundamentals. Featuring all-universe drummer Tom Rainey and cellist Chris Hoffman--admired for his work with cutting-edge music acolyte Henry Threadgill and other notables--this band dances and darts through undulating improv segments, and tangles with various metrics and structural facets amid a democratic group focus.

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Josh Sinton's Predicate Trio: Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically

Read "Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Josh Sinton is a member of the Brooklyn jazz community who has been making a name for himself with his baritone sax, playing in contexts like his Steve Lacy repertoire band, Ideal Bread. His free-wheeling Predicate Trio with cellist Christopher Hoffman and drummer Tom Rainey is a combustible unit that showcases his more improvisational side. Seven of the nine tracks here are written by Sinton and feel like old-school, fire-breathing free jazz. “Bell-ell-ell-ell-ells" establishes the loosely aggressive nature ...

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Josh Sinton's Predicate Trio: Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically

Read "Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Considerate isn't an adjective you generally apply to creative new jazz recordings these days. Vanguard musicians are accustomed to employing the shock and awe required to get attention and satisfy their constituents. Maybe that is why Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically is such a breath of fresh air. Josh Sinton's Predicate Trio delivers an exceedingly empathic recording. Sinton is a veteran of Darcy James Argue's Secret Society Large Ensemble, Nate Wooley's Quintet, Anthony ...

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Musicianer: Slow Learner

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With Musicianer reedman Josh Sinton adroitly shows how to combine the abstract and the earthy. It helps that he has enlisted long time associates drummer Chad Taylor and bassist Jason Ajemian to realize the eleven compositions on the group's debut Slow Learner. Taylor, who first garnered international attention in the Chicago Underground Duo (etc) with cornetist Rob Mazurek, confirms why he has become an in demand accomplice since moving to New York, while Windy City denizen Ajemian has also entered ...

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Ideal Bread: Transmit: Vol. 2 of The Music of Steve Lacy

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Baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton graduated from pupil to sideman following his studies with Steve Lacy at the New England Conservatory, performing with the late soprano saxophone legend and serving as his copyist. After Lacy's passing in 2004, Sinton founded Ideal Bread as a repertory group in his honor, dedicated to performing his former teacher's rarely covered compositions. Transmit is the sophomore follow up to Ideal Bread's self-titled debut, a limited edition CD-R released in 2008 on the KBM label. Drawing ...

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Ho-lus Bo-lus: Altogether...All at Once

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Baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton's quintet Holus-Bolus, boasting two drummers and an upright bass in addition to alto/soprano saxophonist Jeremy Udden, certainly does not lack a solid instrumental bottom. Brooklyn-based, the members also share a lineage that connects to the stellar jazz program at Boston's New England Conservatory with an umbilicus to soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy. Both horn men did stints with the Either Orchestra, and while Altogether...All At Once, a title that defines the band's moniker, shares that larger ensemble's ...

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Take Five With Josh Sinton

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Meet Josh Sinton: Born in western Massachusetts but raised in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, Josh Sinton began playing music in the third grade, starting on piano, trombone and clarinet. He finally convinced his parents to get him an alto saxophone in high school. However,it wasn't until he was twenty-five that he finally came to his senses and acquired a baritone saxophone and bass clarinet.He studied composition and ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago and then took ...


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