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Brian Groder

Brian Groder is rapidly becoming known as one of the most original jazz voices of his generation. Equally fluent on trumpet and flugelhorn, Groder draws on the entire jazz tradition, as well as world music influences, to create the music Cadence magazine has hailed as "tender and well delivered, with subtle and unexpected rhythmic responses." Groder's preference for working with other composer/performers gives his brand of modern progressive jazz unique improvisatory richness and depth. For performances and recordings of the Brian Groder Ensemble, founded in the early 1990's, Groder chooses from a pool of talented musicians, including core members Francesca Tanksley, acclaimed pianist and composer (Billy Harper Quintet, Erica Lindsay, David Newman, Cecil Payne), and percussionist, composer and solo artist Newman Taylor Baker (Benny Powell, Ahmad Jamal, Dewey Redman, Henry Threadgill)


Tilting Curvaceous

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2023
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Article: Album Review

Patrick Brennan: Tilting Curvaceous

Read "Tilting Curvaceous" reviewed by John Sharpe

In spite of being active on the NYC scene since the mid-'70s, alto saxophonist and composer patrick brennan (he prefers his name spelled entirely in lowercase letters) has a relatively sparse discography, to which tilting curvaceous constitutes a splendid addition. It constitutes the seventh release by his S0nic 0penings band since Introducing S0UP (Deep Dish, 1981), ...


Article: Album Review

Patrick Brennan Sonic Openings: Tilting Curvaceous

Read "Tilting Curvaceous" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The quintet project Tilting Curvaceous is saxophonist/composer Patrick Brennan's sixth leader/co-leader date since the late 1990s. His duo recording Terraphonia (Creative Sources Recordings, 2019) with guitarist Abdul Moimême demonstrated a strong affinity for free improvisation within unconventional settings and uncommon concepts. Brennan is joined by trumpeter and flugelhorn player Brian Groder. The native New Yorker has ...

Article: Album Review

Cusa - Groder - Grosso - Miano: Human Pieces

Read "Human Pieces" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Rientrato nella natia Sicilia dopo una lunga permanenza negli Stati Uniti, il pianista, compositore e didatta Tonino Miano non ha perso tempo e ha prontamente messo in piedi una formazione con due corregionali-- Riccardo Grosso al contrabbasso e Francesco Cusa alla batteria--e un suo frequente collaboratore dell'area newyorchese--il trombettista Brian Groder. L'album si articola ...


Article: Liner Notes

Patrick Brennan and sOnic Opening: Tilting Curvaceous

Read "Patrick Brennan and sOnic Opening: Tilting Curvaceous" reviewed by Howard Mandel

Tilting Curvaceous is all-of-a-piece, s0nic 0penings' instigator and extraordinary alto saxophonist Patrick Brennan informs us, emerging from a single “meta-groove interface," to be heard whole. That may come naturally to fans of creative improvisation since the breakthroughs of Ornette Coleman, say, and new constructions by composers including Cecil Taylor, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Henry Threadgill ...


Human Pieces

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Heart Kit; Skittles Heavy; Neon Eyes; Hand in a Can; Human Pieces; Twenty Fingers in a Pond; Nails in the Sky.


Article: Interview

Michael Bisio: In His Own Words

Read "Michael Bisio: In His Own Words" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you happen to be a liner note geek you probably have noticed the name Michael Bisio mentioned frequently on album sleeves. Whether the author is the session leader or analyst, the general consensus is the bassist is the cornerstone upon which great music is built. His playing allows a fellow musician to access not only ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mankwe Ndosi, Marc Johnson & Damien Kingston

Read "Mankwe Ndosi, Marc Johnson & Damien Kingston" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Mankwe Ndosi is not a singer (more like a true vocal artist!!!) that was familiar to me, but she certainly is now. Her recording Felt/Not Said is strikingly different. She's from Minneapolis, not that far from Chicago, the home of the AACM, and that's where Ndosi set out to incorporate AACM influences to her African roots ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

One Man’s Jazz Show 1200th Show Special

Read "One Man’s Jazz Show 1200th Show Special" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode of One Man's Jazz marks the 1200th since its very first show at CKUW FM in Winnipeg. It moved over to taintradio.org in early 2012. One of the mantras of the show has always been that the show was about the music and the musicians who make it. I had no illusions of becoming--let ...


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