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Ryan Truesdell

Ryan Truesdell is a composer of diverse musical tastes and influences with a healthy reverence for jazz tradition and an ever-broadening sonic palette. He received his Masters degree in Jazz Composition at the New England Conservatory of Music and immersed himself in a broad range of musicals styles while studying composition with Bob Brookmeyer and Lee Hyla. He composes and arranges music for an eclectic variety of ensembles ranging from small ensembles to big bands, wind ensembles to string quartets. Recent commissions include arrangements for trumpeter Ingrid Jensen with the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, new music for pianist Frank Kimbrough with the University of Minnesota’s Jazz Ensemble, and a new piece for Bob Brookmeyer’s 80th birthday concert at the Eastman School of Music

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Article: Interview

Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet

Read "Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


A few years ago, a musician friend suggested I go hear a band that was playing at a place in Bella Vista, Philadelphia, a neighborhood with a significant jazz history (violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang lived there and are honored with several plaques and a mural) -but not much current music to speak of. ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

Michael Thomas: due quartetti in primo piano

Read "Michael Thomas: due quartetti in primo piano" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Michael Thomas (da non confondere con Michael J. Thomas, sassofonista d'impronta smooth jazz) è tra i sassofonisti, compositori e leader più inventivi dell'ultima generazione. Residente a New York dal 2011 ha acquisito notorietà tra il pubblico più attento della metropoli per la direzione della Terraza Big Band (condivisa con Edward Perez) con cui ha inciso il ...

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Article: Profile

Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance

Read "Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


On December 30, 2020, pianist Frank Kimbrough passed away at the age of 64. True to form, 2020 wreaked havoc until the end. The cause of death was not Covid-19, but the shock at the untimely loss of a revered artist was not any less powerful. Frank Kimbrough had the rare gift of touching ...

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Article: Year in Review

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


It may be unwieldy to keep a large jazz ensemble together for economic reasons but this year was still full of outstanding big band recordings, whether done through commissions, arrangers working with established orchestras or even actual working ensembles. Several of the releases on my list are examples of that. Also this year had the usual ...

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Article: Album Review

Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1

Read "Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A tre decenni dalla morte del suo leader, esce il 7 dicembre il nuovo disco della Gil Evans Orchestra finalmente registrato in studio. Com'è noto, sia gli ultimi album della band con l'arrangiatore ancora in vita, sia il postumo Tribute To Gil (Soul Note 1989), con la formazione orfana, erano registrazioni live, spesso acusticamente carenti. Per ...

Article: Album Review

Owen Broder: Heritage

Read "Heritage" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il trombonista Owen Broder ha evidenziato le sue doti di sassofonista e autore in due dischi pubblicati col quintetto “Cowboys and Frenchmen" co-diretto con il collega Ethan Helm. Soprattutto nel secondo Bluer Than You Think (Outside In Music, 2016) l'intento d'ispirarsi alle radici musicali nord-americane, entro un vivace modern mainstream con qualche sperimentazione, è risultato fresco ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Leonhart: The Painted Lady Suite

Read "The Painted Lady Suite" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A trent'anni esatti dalla scomparsa di Gil Evans, la sua lezione orchestrale rivive e si alimenta di nuove suggestioni. Il sorprendente e straordinario debutto della Michael Leonhart Orchestra rinnova un'estetica che in questi decenni ha ispirato Maria Schneider, in parte Darcy James Argue e alimentato la ricerca filologica e la rielaborazione di Ryan Truesdell.

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Article: Album Review

Owen Broder: Heritage

Read "Heritage" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The cross-pollination of jazz and folk music is nothing new, but saxophonist Owen Broder does push things forward in this exploration of the idea, asking five different composers from varying generations and backgrounds to each write their own take on American folk music for an eight-piece ensemble. Besides Broder himself, the compositions and arrangements ...

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Article: In Pictures

Umbria Jazz 2017

Read "Umbria Jazz 2017" reviewed by Roberto Cifarelli


Photos of the Umbria Jazz Festival, featuring among many others Wayne Shorter, 5 by Monk by 5: Kenny Barron, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green and Dado Moroni; the trio of Egberto Gismonti, Stefano Bollani and Hamilton de Holland and the Umbria Jazz Orchestra directed by Ryan Truesdell featuring Steve Wilson, Paolo Fresu, Jay Anderson and ...


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