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Brian Patneaude Quartet: As We Know It

Read "As We Know It" reviewed by Budd Kopman

As We Know It, tenor saxophonist Brian Patneaude's third album following Variations (WEPA, 2003) and Distance (WEPA, 2005), is a wonderful album filled with memorable tunes that stick in the mind, played with a joy that is infectious.

By this time, Patneaude and his quartet is a brand in the best sense of ...

Brian Patneaude Quartet: As We Know It

Read "As We Know It" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The Brian Patneaude Quartet's third release As We Know It is like a cool breeze, a favorite piece of clothing, or the warmth of the sun's rays. The music is neither frantic nor languorous; it sounds and feels comfortable. Popular in the upstate New York area they've been gained the approval of critics but most importantly ...


Brian Patneaude Quartet: As We Know It

Read "As We Know It" reviewed by J Hunter

To hear some people talk, jazz in the Albany, New York, area begins and ends with Nick Brignola, whose brilliant baritone sax was taken from us when he died of cancer in 2002. Aside from the fact that this outlook completely dismisses Albany native Stefon Harris--whose African Tarantella: Dances with Duke (Blue Note, 2006) made a ...

Brian Patneaude Quartet: Variations & Distance

Read "Brian Patneaude Quartet: Variations & Distance" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Brian Patneaude Quartet
Variations (2003)
Distance (2005)
WEPA Records

It is easy to see why tenor saxophonist Brian Patneaude and his quartet are so popular and busy. The group is extremely tight and its music is like nothing else. Sounding at various turns exuberant, soaring, ...


Brian Patneaude Quartet: Distance

Read "Distance" reviewed by Peter Aaron

In almost no time at all, 31-year-old saxophonist Brian Patneaude has become the first-call king of Albany, NY's buzzing jazz scene. Variations, his quartet's excellent 2003 debut, instantly established him as one of the mainstream's hottest new tenors; he also retains a chair in the renowned Empire Jazz Orchestra, plays salsa and merengue with Alex Torres ...

Brian Patneaude Quartet: Variations

Read "Variations" reviewed by Alexander M. Stern

Any self-help guru will tell you that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. In jazz, that truism can easily apply to debut albums: You only get to make one. A strong first album can set the pace for the rest of an artist’s career as a leader. Think of debuts like ...