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Edward Ratliff

Edward Ratliff is a New York City-based composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, cornet, trombone, euphonium and accordion). He has been called "a wonderfully spunky and imperturbable trumpet player" (The New York Times) and "a fine musician who possesses a clever and crafty compositional pen" (

The music he makes is inspired by a wide range of sources, including kung fu movies, jazz, boleros, cha cha and tango, the golden age of Hollywood, 18th-century Bohemian wind music, ambient grooves, Vietnamese pop music and free improvisation.

He has received numerous commissions and grants for dance and theater scores, including a commission from the American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program and several Meet the Composer Fund grants. He was an associate artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, working for three weeks with composer and saxophonist Henry Threadgill, and received an Honorable Mention in the Jazz Composers Alliance/Julius Hemphill Composition Awards. Originally from Texas, he lives in New York City where he studied music at the Mannes College of Music and film at the New School.

Ratliff and his bands have appeared at international festivals including the JVC Jazz Festival New York, MODAFE (Seoul, Korea), Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival (New York), ImPulsTanz (Vienna), SommerSzene Salzburg (Austria), the Improvisation Festival/NY, Knitting Factory "What is Jazz?" Festival, and at theaters, clubs and other venues throughout New York City, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Whitney Museum, Dance Theater Workshop, Barbès, Performance Space 122 and Dancing in the Street's "Dances at Wave Hill." His music has also been heard in a wide variety of television programs presented on HBO, Nickelodeon, the Discovery Channel, ABC Family, MTV, VH1 and more--everything from a biography of Dostoyevsky to Real Sex Xtra.

Those Moments Before

Label: Strudelmedia
Released: 2010
Track listing: Cafe Cortado; End of an Era; Minimus; Movin' On Over; Veloce; Good Question; Well-Dressed and Elegant; Leon's Last Night; Funeral March in the Style of Jean-Baptiste de Lully; March for a Lost Cause; Kowloon Noir; Pinhole Ghost.


Edward Ratliff: Those Moments Before

Read "Those Moments Before" reviewed by Troy Collins

The cover of Those Moments Before features a poster of Marlene Dietrich advertising Josef von Sternberg's 1931 film Dishonored. While this album--New York-based multi-instrumentalist Edward Ratliff's third as a leader--isn't a soundtrack like the earlier Barcelona in 48 Hours (Strudelmedia, 2004) was, this date unfolds with the same degree of wild eclecticism and globe-trotting impetuousness as ...


Edward Ratliff: Those Moments Before

Read "Those Moments Before" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Multi-instrumentalist Edward Ratliff brings a wide tapestry of sounds to Those Moments Before. His inspiration comes from Henry Threadgill, a funeral march, the tango, and Hong Kong movies, and he has assembled a stellar cast of musicians to help realize his ambitious canvas. The portrait he presents is a dynamic, moving one. Ratliff is ...


JazzWeek Radio Chart: January 25, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 26 Steve Hobbs Vibes, Straight Up (Challenge) 189 197 -8 10 55 1 3 2 45 — John Stein Raising The Roof (Whaling City Sound) 186 60 +126 25 51 2 2 3 — — Greg Reitan Antibes (Sunnyside) 146 49 +97 26 ...

Barcelona in 48 Hours

Label: Strudelmedia
Released: 2005
Track listing: Barcelona; BCN; Glass; Barcelona - duo; Horsey; Mies; Barcelona; Estaci


Edward Ratliff: Barcelona in 48 Hours

Read "Barcelona in 48 Hours" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Rhapsodalia and Five Agents are comparable yet unique quintets led by instrumental wizard Edward Ratliff. His work on cornet, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, accordion, celeste, and even Fender Rhodes makes you want to tap your foot, be social, and clank wine glasses (better yet beer pints). Early last month, Five Agents graced Barbès (one of Brooklyn's better ...

Barcelona in 48 Hours

Label: Strudelmedia
Released: 2004
Track listing: Barcelona (band version), BCN, Glass, Barcelona (duo), Horsey, Mies, Barcelona (dreaming) Estacio De Franca, Night Dance, Barcelona (solo), Sintuba


Edward Ratliff: Barcelona in 48 Hours

Read "Barcelona in 48 Hours" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Barcelona in 48 Hours has been a multimedia celebration of film, dance, photography, and music in its various incarnations over the past couple of years, and one of the pieces of fallout is this soundtrack CD from the short film of the same name. The film, produced and directed by Anja Hitzenberger and Edward Ratliff, consists ...


Edward Ratliff: Barcelona in 48 Hours

Read "Barcelona in 48 Hours" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Music written for a film does not always stand up on its own. This is one of the exceptions, an enticing body of work that accompanied the short of the same name; a film about movement that was comprised almost entirely of black and white photographs. Ratliff composed or co-composed all the tunes. He ...


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