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Posi-Tone Records recording artist Travis Sullivan has earned a worldwide reputation as an alto saxophonist, pianist, composer, and arranger. Embedded in the New York music scene for the past 15 years, he has been hailed by Jazz Times as being “…a gifted alto saxophonist and improviser who has also developed a strong and commanding voice as a composer.” Sullivan’s most recent CD was released in 2011: New Directions, his third album as a leader and his debut on Posi-Tone Records. New Directions presents eight of his original modern jazz compositions, as well as Rodgers & Hart’s “Spring is Here,” and his arrangement of the Tears for Fears classic “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” The new album also features his newly formed group The Travis Sullivan Quartet, which will be performing nationally and throughout Europe later this year. New Directions is his first small ensemble release in over a decade

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Aubrey Johnson: Unraveled

Read "Unraveled" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

What does it take to move music from the strictly aural to revealing the more tactile elements like texture and consistency? Vocal artist, composer and arranger Aubrey Johnson, with her scoring hat on, demonstrates that intelligent instrument choice and subtle arrangement of notes in time coupled with sensitive sound engineering can produce music with a palpable ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Björk: Jazz Muse & Hyperballadeer

Read "Björk: Jazz Muse & Hyperballadeer" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If jazz is, as someone put it, the sound of surprise, then it makes complete sense that countless musicians have become enamored with the music of Björk. Like the most innovative jazz musicians, Bjork is a restless artist who tries to continuously reinvent herself, often blending familiar sources in completely unprecedented ways, and deliberately challenging the ...

Melodien

Label: Unit Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Kurzgeschichte; Der Fluss; Die Kaskade; Haferts; Melodien I; La Balade; Modus Liszt; Es Wächst.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mario Schenker: Melodien

Read "Melodien" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

C'è in questo Melodien, disco in quartetto del sassofonista svizzero Mario Schenker pubblicato dalla connazionale etichetta Unit, una sorta di divisione, di scarto tra temi e parti solistiche. I temi non sono memorabili. In senso letterale, proprio: non sono memorabili perché non restano impressi all'ascolto, non perché sono mal composti. Forse quello era precisamente l'intento: non ...

I Go Humble

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2013
Track listing: Hyperballad; Venus As A Boy; Hunter; I Go Humble; Isobel; Army Of Me; Unravel; Joga.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra: I Go Humble

Read "I Go Humble" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Until this new CD crossed the threshold, the name Bjork was no more than that within these precincts. As it turns out, Bjork is a she, an Icelandic singer / songwriter whose given name is Bjork Gudmundsdottir. Apparently, saxophonist / arranger Travis Sullivan is an avowed enthusiast, as he has not only named his big band ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Travis Sullivan's Björkestra: I Go Humble

Read "I Go Humble" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Björk isn't a member of the jazz community, but the jazz community has had no problem embracing her. Musicians as different as vocalist Kate McGarry and drummer Jeff “Tain" Watts have explored the eclectic Icelandic singer's work and put their own stamp on her intoxicating music, but they each left her catalog after a single-song visit. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Andy Hunter: Think Like A Mountain

Read "Think Like A Mountain" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trombonist Andy Hunter has taken a seat in many of the most important big bands of the past decade, yet many are still unaware of his skills. He sadly suffers from “section man syndrome": that ailment that afflicts those who are heard by many, yet never truly seen for who they are. Hunter, who has resided ...

New Directions

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Jamia's Dance; Autumn In N.H.; Tuneology; Hidden Agenda; Spring Is Here; Georgie; Everybody Wants To Rule The World; Leap Of Faith; Magic Monday; New Directions.


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