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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

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Umbria Jazz 2017

Read "Umbria Jazz 2017" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Perugia Varie sedi 7-16.7.2017 Mantenendosi fedele alla sua consolidata formula, Umbria Jazz si è protratta per dieci giorni su vari palcoscenici, con concerti gratuiti e a pagamento, cercando di adeguare stili e proposte differenti ai diversi contesti interessati e rivolgendosi quindi a diverse fasce di pubblico. In particolare, la ...

NEWS: EVENT

International Jazz Composers' Symposium - May 18-20 at University Of South Florida - School Of Music in Tampa

International Jazz Composers' Symposium - May 18-20 at University Of South Florida - School Of Music in Tampa

Featuring: Billy Childs (and his Quartet) John Hollenbeck (with the Claudia Quintet) Christine Jensen Chuck Owen (with his Jazz Surge) Rufus Reid Maria Schneider Ryan Truesdell Special Appearances by: Randy Brecker Gregoire Maret Vision Talks by Music Industry ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Umbria Jazz Winter a Orvieto

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter a Orvieto" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Winter 24 Orvieto Varie sedi 28.12.2016-01.01.2017 In questa ventiquattresima edizione di Umbria Jazz Winter, come in altre precedenti, non è mancata la qualità, con alcuni concerti che non sarebbe facile ascoltare altrove, fra cui molte proposte replicate in più sedi e in orari diversi. Quasi tutti i gruppi ...


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