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Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

Read "All Around Us" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

A lot of the good things about All Around Us start from the bottom and work their way up. Saxophonist Brian Patneaude's compositions are a sturdy, coherent lot; they're also rife with odd time signatures, changing tempos, and an amalgam of Latin, funk, and jazz elements. The tunes are a virtual playground for bassist Mike Delprete ...

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Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

Read "All Around Us" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

On All Around Us, Albany, New York saxophonist Brian Patneaude's solid quartet delivers a high energy, straight-ahead jazz date.

As a saxophonist, Patneaude solos transparently and has a bright sound, set off by a hard-edged technical competence that will remind some of Michael Brecker, as on the complicated line of “Blucocele." On Bronisław Kaper's “Invitation," ...

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Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

Read "All Around Us" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

An active part of the jazz scene in New York's Capital District, Brian Patneaude's fifth album shows off his originality and depth as a tenor saxophonist and composer. The six original compositions and two covers on All Around Us were “inspired by people, places and events" in Patneaude's life, adding a personal gravity to the assured ...

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Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

Read "All Around Us" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

With All Around Us saxophonist Brian Patneaude delivers a bravura performance as both artist and composer. This superior effort shouts breakthrough for this talented, but not widely known, New York Capital District saxophonist and his crew.

The session offers eight brilliantly performed straight-ahead jazz compositions, of which six emanate from Patneaude's pen. Patneaude ...

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Brian Patneaude: Riverview

Read "Riverview" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Tenor saxophone players have a dilemma that may be seemingly unique to that instrument: a dilemma of sound. While every artist will strive for their unique, personal voice, the tenor saxophonist has to be haunted by the “you-know-it's-them" sounds of greats such as Lester Young, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, and Michael Brecker. ...

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Brian Patneaude: Riverview

Read "Riverview" reviewed by John Dworkin

Saxophonist Brian Patneaude, guitarist Mike Moreno, organist Jesse Chandler, and drummer Danny Whelchel are all relatively young, open-minded musicians. While having distinct approaches, they share a modern sense of rhythm and phrasing, often blurring barlines, playing motivically, and possessing the ability to follow their ideas where they seem to go naturally. There's a fluidity of execution ...

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Brian Patneaude: Riverview

Read "Riverview" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

With Riverview, saxophonist Brian Patneaude continues to grow not only as a performer but also as an empathetic leader and composer. Like one of his influences, the esteemed Michael Brecker, Patneaude's voice is imbued with strength, melodicism and that certain New York state of mind.

A few changes in personnel and instrumentation from ...

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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 ...

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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 ...