Trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman follows-up her excellent debut recording, Unfolding (Self Produced, 2012) with her fully realized yet completely different Turn the Sea. Cressman is a busy artist recently appearing on many projects as disparate as anchoring the horn section of Trey Anastasio's band and appearing on recording dates led by Peter Apfelbaum and Josh Roseman to her conspicuous role on Laura Furci's excellent Think Con La Tua Cabeza (2013)
Cressman brings these multiple exposures to bare on Turn the Sea. This is a collection of angular compositions that are as intricate as they are accessible. The title piece is given two mixes bookending the remaining seven songs. The rhythm line is infectious and insistent and very contemporary, representing a new alchemy for Cressman. The mix of Cressman's confident voice, tart trombone and crack songwriting establishes the artist well down the road from an already fully-established sound on Unfolding. The Jnthn Stein remix adds pop-synth to the song
"Fortune's Fool" uses judicious voice overdubs by Cressman, accentuating her well-conceived melodies within her clever arrangement. "Do Not As I Do" is a brightly sung and orchestrated, again with a complex (and catchy) bass underpinning. Cressman employs a little big band in a very contemporary way. There is a melding of her pop and jazz experience that is well captured in this format. Natalie Cressman continues to arrive and is sure to continue her brilliant evolution as a musician..
Track Listing: Turn the Sea; Fortune’s Fool; Blindsided; New Moon; Do Not as I Do;
Checkout Time; Winter Chill; Stolen Away; Turn the Sea (Jnthn Stein
Personnel: Natalie Cressman: trombone, vocals; Ivan rosenberg: trumpet; Steven
Lugerner: flute, clarinet, bass clarinet; James Casey: tenor saxophone;
Samora Pinderhuges: keyboards; Gabe Schnider: guitar; Jonathan Stein:
acoustic and electric bass; Michael Mitchell: drums, percussion.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.