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Jon Irabagon, Charlie Parker, New Releases And Archive Picks

Read "Jon Irabagon, Charlie Parker, New Releases And Archive Picks" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A focus on the recent album from Jon Irabagon, a trio of Charlie Parker related tunes, a song in remembrance of Randy Weston and lots more... Playlist Jon Irabagon “The Demon Barber of Fleet Week" from Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (Irrabagast) 00:00 Randy Weston “Blues for Strayhorn" from Monterey '66 (Verve) 12:20 Wayne Shorter & Milton Nascimento “Ponta de Areia" from Native Dancer (Columbia) 19:35 Marcin Wasilewski “Spark of Life/Sudovian Dance" from Live (ECM) 25:22 Jon Irabagon ...


Jon Irabagon Quartet with Tim Hagans: Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics

Read "Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon is best known for his long tenure with Mostly Other People Do the Killing (MOPDtK), beginning with This Is Our Moosic (Hot Cup Records, 2008) and through the majority of that group's releases up to 2017's Loafer's Hollow. But along the way to Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics, he has accumulated an eclectic resume. His Perpetual Motion (A Celebration of Moondog) (Jazz Village, 2014), with French composer and multi-reedist Sylvain Rifflet, was a moving and exuberant tribute ...


Jon Irabagon: Inaction is an Action & Behind the Sky

Read "Jon Irabagon: Inaction is an Action & Behind the Sky" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's a rare musician who can find ways to excel in multiple contexts, but saxophonist/composer Jon Irabagon is just such an artist. His timeline contains entries as collaborator as well as leader and his respective contributions are equally distinctive, suggesting his humility is equaled only by his independence. Because the nuances of his compositions are as fine as those of his musicianship, the sum effect of Irabagon's artistic arc conjures up the compelling notion that he is not only an ...


Jon Irabagon: Inaction is An Action

Read "Inaction is An Action" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Inaction Is An Action, simultaneously released with its almost polar opposite Behind The Sky, is a force of nature embodied in the sopranino saxophone as “played" solo by Jon Irabagon. From the point of view of how each piece “sounds," and each track truly is a composition, its range is astounding. It should not be surprising that Irabagon has been working on the instrument (which sounds an octave above an alto sax) for a decade, by himself and with others. ...


Jon Irabagon: Behind The Sky

Read "Behind The Sky" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Simply put, Behind The Sky is a flat-out superlative recording by saxophonist Jon Irabagon. Straddling “inside" and “outside," it can be appreciated by those more comfortable with the straight-ahead (with some stretching, of course), as well as those who enjoy music which challenges the ear and mind. The “rhythm section," consisting of pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Rudy Royston, has worked with Irabagon a long time and it can be clearly heard, most easily in ...


Jon Irabagon: Behind The Sky

Read "Behind The Sky" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The cover of saxophonist Jon Irabagon's album Behind the Sky depicts a lonely man walking in a landscape of ice-clad mountains. The image is an apt metaphor for the grieving process that Irabagon tries to put into music. However, those expecting a ballad session of gentle contemplation are in for a surprise. Irabagon's musical landscape is far more knotty and rhythmically complex than the simple, but difficult art of the ballad. There are tender moments, sure, but also heated swing ...


Jon Irabagon: Inaction is An Action

Read "Inaction is An Action" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The release of saxophonist and composer Jon Irabagon's album Inaction is An Action poses an interesting question. When should an artist release a record? It is not a matter of talent. Long ago, Irabagon has proven himself. He has won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition and gained success in every measureable way, including release on a major record label and critical acclaim. It is also not a matter of good or bad. ...


Two Simultaneous Jon Irabagon Releases: Quartet & Solo

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Saxophonist Jon Irabagon has worked in a wide variety of settings, including Mostly Other People Do The Killing, the Mary Halvorson Quintet, Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor, and the Dave Douglas Quintet. For the 2015 release on his own Irabbagast Records label he released two records on the same day: Behind the Sky, with his quartet plus guest trumpeter Tom Harrell; and Inaction is An Action, for solo sopranino saxophone. The two albums could hardly be farther apart stylistically. Taken together ...


Jon Irabagon: Behind The Sky

Read "Behind The Sky" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The grieving process is a personal journey and an act of discovery, allowing individuals to truly appreciate what was, while awakening to the reality of what is. And while no two people mourn in the exact same fashion, mourning itself, no matter the method, is almost always a cathartic experience. In the case of saxophonist Jon Irabagon, that emotional outpouring, connected to the loss of several loved ones and mentors, was channeled into Behind The Sky. Irabagon--winner ...


Jon Irabagon: Inaction is An Action

Read "Inaction is An Action" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon, a central figure in Mostly Other People Do the Killing, guitarist Mary Halvorson's Quintet and leader of his own trio with drummer Barry Altschul and bassist Mark Helias is one of the most prolific composers and performers in music. Still in his thirties, Irabagon has amassed about eighty recordings as a leader, co-leader or sideman and his portfolio covers the breadth from big band swing to free improvisation. As his career has zig-zagged its way through diverse ...


Jon Irabagon: Examining All The Angles

Read "Jon Irabagon: Examining All The Angles" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon likes challenges in music; likes attempting different things. He's not opposed to things traditional, but would prefer to come at music and sounds from different angles. He enjoys the journey; enjoys experiencing the results. At 35, he's on the go all the time, ubiquitous on the jny: New York City music scene. In the next minute, he's often off to Europe on tour with one of his own groups or playing as a sideman. Not ...


Jon Irabagon: It Takes All Kinds

Read "It Takes All Kinds" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

It Takes All Kinds is the third recorded collaboration between prolific tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon and a great drummer, Barry Altschul. The first, Irabagon's Foxy (Hot cup, 2010) featured double bassist Peter Brendler. The second, Altschul's The 3dom Factor (TUM, 2013) featured double bass player Joe Fonda. The most recent one features Altschul's longtime rhythm teammate, double bassist virtuoso Mark Helias. Irabagon, Altschul and Helias are each highly creative musicians with distinct, dominant voices nurtured by an extensive, diverse array ...

Waltz for my Childhood

The last single of Jazzy Sky, a sweet Jazz song, about childhood memories...

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