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Andy Clausen

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Andy Clausen is a New York-based trombonist, composer, producer, and educator. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Clausen currently serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at New York Youth Symphony. As a trombonist, Clausen maintains an active performance schedule in Jazz, Chamber Music, and Pop/Rock circles. He has performed or recorded with Bill Frisell, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Frank Wess, Gerald Wilson, Kurt Elling, The After Midnight Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, Andrew D'angelo, John Zorn, The American Brass Quintet, Fleet Foxes, Big Thief, Feist, My Brightest Diamond, Patrick Watson, Josh Garells, and Landlady

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This Land

Label: Westerlies Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Fiddle and the Drum; Land; Two Good Men; Another Holiday; Tear the Fascists Down; Look for the Union Label; Wade in the Water; The Jolly Banker; Grandmar; In the Sweet By and By / The Preacher and the Slave; I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore; Das Bitten der Kinder (Recitation); Das Bitten der Kinder; Looking Out; Thoughts and Prayers

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Theo Bleckmann & The Westerlies: This Land

Read "This Land" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Given the state of the nation in 2021, it is no wonder that protest music has been springing up in all genres. This particular effort by vocalist Theo Bleckmann and the brass quartet the Westerlies mixes protest songs and hymns of the past with original compositions, to comment on various present-day problems. Issues touched ...

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Theo Bleckmann & The Westerlies: This Land

Read "This Land" reviewed by John Chacona


Could This Land, from Theo Bleckmann & The Westerlies be the first great musical declaration of the Biden Era? If so, it's probably an accident. When they tracked This Land in August 2019, Bleckmann and the brass quartet entered the studio with a program of protest songs. But in degree and kind, they are ...

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Wherein Lies the Good

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Robert Henry; In the Mornin'; Weeping Mary; Wherein Lies the Good; Golden Gate Gospel Train; Travelin' Shoes; Remember Me; Born Ten Thousand Years Ago; Do Unto Others; The Kiss; From the Very First Time; Laurie; Eli; Chickendog and Woodylocks; Memories; Entropy, Pt. 1; Entropy, Pt. 2; Entropy, Pt. 3.

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Article: Album Review

The Westerlies: Wherein Lies the Good

Read "Wherein Lies the Good" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


The dynamic and inventive brass quartet The Westerlies explores an eclectic array of pieces on its third release, the mesmerizing Wherein Lies the Good. Consisting of four jazz-leaning horn players, the ensemble, in addition to interpreting delightful originals, delves into the modern classical, art-rock and folk repertoires. The album opens with trombonist Andy Clausen's ...

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Take Five with Andy Clausen

Read "Take Five with Andy Clausen" reviewed by Andy Clausen


Meet Andy Clausen Andy Clausen is a New York-based trombonist, composer, and educator. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he currently serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at New York Youth Symphony. Clausen is also a founding member of The Westerlies, an award winning new music brass chamber ensemble. From Carnegie Hall to Coachella, The Westerlies ...

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The Westerlies at The Zurcher Gallery

Read "The Westerlies at The Zurcher Gallery" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


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Article: Album Review

Tyrant Lizard: Tyrant Lizard

Read "Tyrant Lizard" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Tyrant Lizard is a trio that evolved from the Improvised Music Project at the University of Washington in Seattle, a program that exists as both an artistic movement and registered student organization led by eclectic modernist trumpeter and composer, Cuong Vu. Each of the three musicians are truly original voices of their respective craft, featuring trumpeter ...

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Article: Hi-Res Jazz

The Westerlies: New Music For Brass In Hi Res

Read "The Westerlies: New Music For Brass In Hi Res" reviewed by Mark Werlin


The Westerlies, a self-titled album performed by an “accidental brass quartet" of two trumpet players and two trombonists, is a stunning accomplishment: a reference-quality recording of trans-genre new instrumental music that managed to beat the odds and reach a wide audience. The album's unexpected success points to the importance of curation in an overcrowded online music ...


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