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New York City based composer, saxophonist & bandleader patrick brennan is a participant in the Blues Continuum who’s pursued a contrarian and independent musical path for over 40 years. He formed his long term, rhythm- section-centric ensemble sonic openings under pressure, in 1979, a project that interfaces flexibly jointed compositional matrices with polyrhythm & collective improvisation. He’s initiated the Sudani Project, a collaboration with Gnawi Ma’alem Najib Soudani of Essaouira, Morocco and U.S. percussionist and singer Nirankar Khalsa. He further explores his multilinear orchestral conceptions via the solo saxophone project rōnin phasing and sustains a modularly organized large ensemble, transparency kestra, now in its 5th year of monthly NYC performances.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2019

Read "Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

2019 was the year when one couldn't turn an ear without hearing a release that featured either Kris Davis or Matthew Shipp. Between the two pianist/composer/improvisers, listeners have been treated to more than a dozen recordings, each noteworthy. Then there is Satoko Fujii. On the heels of her 2018, twelve-album birthday celebration, the pianist issued another ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Patrick Brennan / Abdul Moimême: Terraphonia

Read "Terraphonia" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Somewhere on a timeline that includes studying guitar in Madrid and architecture in Boston, Portuguese native Abdul Moimême studied saxophone with American artist Patrick Brennan. Moimême has been prolific as part of almost two-dozen leader/co-leader releases since his debut Nekhephthu (Creative Sources, 2008). Brennan is lightly recorded with four leader dates over the past two decades. ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Monday Night Jazz Sessions @ Quinn’s In Beacon, NY Announces Its Schedule For 2014

Monday Night Jazz Sessions @ Quinn’s In Beacon, NY Announces Its Schedule For 2014

The Monday night jazz sessions that began this past October at the new Beacon, NY venue Quinn's have been enormously well-received both by audiences (many of whom by no means jazz fans) and musicians, locally and worldwide. By showcasing some of the most acclaimed, uncompromising artists covering a very wide spectrum of the music in a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Patrick Brennan: Rhythms of Passion

Read "Patrick Brennan: Rhythms of Passion" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt

Since moving to New York City in 1975, one-time bassist/painter Patrick Brennan has crafted a musical path that is open in its candor and indebtedness to all facets of black music. Much like trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the alto saxophonist brews a thicket of his own distinct musical language that “unlike much contemporaneous vanguard music is ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Saxophonist Patrick Brennan Interviewed at All About Jazz

Saxophonist Patrick Brennan Interviewed at All About Jazz

Since moving to New York City in 1975, one-time bassist/painter Patrick Brennan has crafted a musical path that is open in its candor and indebtedness to all facets of black music. Much like trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the alto saxophonist brews a thicket of his own distinct musical language that “unlike much contemporaneous vanguard music is ...

Patrick Brennan: Rapt Circle & The Drum is Honor Enough

Read "Patrick Brennan: Rapt Circle & The Drum is Honor Enough" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Altoist Patrick Brennan's latest two releases, under the ever-evolving and exploratory guise of Sonic Openings Under Pressure, aren't threaded the same way, even when weaving the same musical material as he does in Rapt Circle. The aforementioned documents live music from two different presentations in 2002. One of them included percussionist Juma Santos Ayantola, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Patrick Brennan: Sudani

Read "Sudani" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Blowing in like a hot dry desert wind, Sudani takes you aboard a Moroccan caravansari whose cargo includes soulful New York free alto sax and Mississippi blues. The Sudanis-Njib, Bujmaa, and M'barek-provide the Gnawa, playing hand drums and the guinbri, a low pitched string instrument. Their music provides soundtrack for an ancient night long ecstatic ritual, ...

rapt circle

Label: Cadence Jazz Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: scissor bump; spin; which way what; scissor bump; covert; which way what

The Drum Is Honor Enough

Label: CIMP Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: drums not bombs; hot red; shadow doing; rough hue; permeations gumvindaboloo


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