- Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Serpent Kane – Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 00:00
- Christian McBride – Walkin’ Funny – Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Mack Avenue Records) 06:59
- Bob Gluck – Spirit Unleashed – Infinite Spirit Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band (FMR Records) 10:38
- Pandelis Karayorgis – Outward On Pleasant Spheres – Matchbox (Driff Records) 21:28
- Noah Preminger – Where or When – Before The Rain (Palmetto) 27:04
- Noah Preminger – Where Seagulls Fly – Dry Bridge Road (Nowt Records) 29:52
- Noah Preminger – My Blues For You – Genuinity (Criss Cross Jazz) 38:45
- Pandelis Karayorgis – How Daisies Jiggle – Matchbox (Driff Records) 45:56
- Bob Gluck – Dolphin Dance – Something Quiet (FMR Records) 52:52
- Christian McBride – The Middle Man – Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Mack Avenue Records) 1:02:14
- Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Mon Calpe – Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 1:07:14
- Fredrik Nordström – Hometown Prophet – Needs (Clean Feed) 1:15:30
- Ada Rave Cuarteto – Baila Con Monk – La Continuidad (Pan Y Rosas Discos) 1:21:57
- Arild Andersen – Shimri – Shimri (ECM) 1:30:06
- Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva, Torbjorn Zetterberg – Find Nothing – Child of Illusion (Clean Feed) 1:36:26
- Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Wellenpeitschen – Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 1:49:35
- Christian McBride – John Day – Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Mack Avenue Records) 1:56:24
Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Serpent Kane – Headlands
Russ Johnson trumpet
Rob Clearfield keyboards
Matt Ulery bass
Jon Deitemyer drums
2018 Woolgathering Records
Trumpeter and Composer Russ Johnson was commissioned to premiere a new band and set of compositions for the 2015 Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago: the result is “Headlands,” a 12 movement Suite he composed for a collection of Chicago’s finest musicians, including Rob Clearfield on keyboards, Matt Uleryon bass, and Jon Deitemyer on drums.
Headlands is a through composed work that is intended to be listened to in its entirety. The Suite consists of six compositions connected by solo improvised passages by each member of the ensemble. A short theme serves as bookends to the proceedings. The music is designed to be structurally open/elastic to allow for (maximum) flexibility in live performance while still maintaining a strict overall from to give the work coherence. The Headlands Suite is music that traverses the areas between modern jazz and the avant-garde. The music covers a wide range of compositional and improvisational styles.
Christian McBride – Walkin’ Funny – Christian McBride’s New Jawn
Jawn [jän]: noun. A slang terminology from Philadelphia. All-purpose term for a person, place or thing
If there’s one thing the acclaimed bassist knows, it’s that when it comes to grit there’s no better resource to draw from than his own hometown, Philadelphia. So, McBride turned to one of the city’s most beloved colloquialisms to christen his latest project, Christian McBride’s New Jawn. On the band’s eponymous debut, these four stellar musicians ably walk the razor’s edge between thrilling virtuosity and gut-punch instinctiveness. The release available on October 26 via Brother Mister Productions, McBride’s own newly launched imprint of his longtime label, Mack Avenue Records.
Marcus Strickland: saxophone; Josh Evans: trumpet; Christian McBride: bass; Nasheet Waits: drums.
Bob Gluck – Spirit Unleashed – Infinite Spirit Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band
Recorded June 25, 2015 at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ
Bob Gluck piano, electronics
Billy Hart drums
Eddie Henderson trumpet
Christopher Dean Sullivan bass
2016 FMR Records FMRCD398-0915
Pandelis Karayorgis – Outward On Pleasant Spheres – Matchbox
Recorded on July 19, 2014 at Wellspring Sound Studio, Acton, Massachusetts
Jorrit Dijkstra alto saxophone, lyricon, analog synth
Pandelis Karayorgis piano
Nate McBride bass
Curt Newton drums
2015 Driff Records 1501
Noah Preminger – Where or When – Before The Rain
Noah Preminger saxophone
Frank Kimbrough piano
John Hébert bass
Matt Wilson drums
2011 Palmetto 2145
For his Palmetto debut and his second CD as a leader, 24-year-old tenor saxophonist Preminger has defied expectations by releasing an album of mostly ballads—giving himself and collaborators Frank Kimbrough, John Hebert and Matt Wilson the opportunity to delve into highly nuanced solo and ensemble playing. Before The Rain is marked by the same sense of adventure and exploration as Preminger’s 2008 debut CD Dry Bridge Road, but with more compositional depth and group interplay. The tempos never rise above medium, but the creativity and passion remain extremely high.
Noah Preminger – Where Seagulls Fly – Dry Bridge Road
Recorded August 1-2, 2007 at Park West Studios in New York.
Noah Preminger saxophone
Russ Johnson trumpet
Ben Monder guitar
Frank Kimbrough piano
John Hebert bass
Ted Poor drums
2008 Noah Preminger / Nowt Records 002
Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, jazz saxophonist Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene. Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raves about Preminger’s debut recording, Dry Bridge Road: “More than just a promising starting point, this is a display of integrity; here’s a musician you feel you can trust… unusually graceful… [he] plays with care and dry precision, dividing his time among all registers, with even tone and projection in each.” Noah’s playing and his group’s concepts are influenced by genres ranging from classic to contemporary jazz, from hard rock to ambient music. It is Preminger’s uniqueness that sets him aside from other musicians: “He plays with not just chops and composure, but already a distinct voice.” – Siddartha Mitter, Boston Globe.
Noah Preminger – My Blues For You – Genuinity
Recorded September 15, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY
Noah Preminger tenor saxophone
Jason Palmer trumpet
Kim Cass bass
Dan Weiss drums
2018 Criss Cross Jazz 1397 CD
Thirty-year-old tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger’s debut on Criss Cross in a pianoless context with trumpeter Jason Palmer and bassist Kim Cass, who record here with the brilliant drummer Dan Weiss for the first time on this occasion.
The hour-long program consists of nine Preminger originals. Each evokes a different mood and ambiance with strong melodies and percolating grooves that provoke unfailingly cohesive, thematic improvisations by Preminger and Palmer.
Genuinity is consistently compelling, and repays repeated hearings.
Pandelis Karayorgis – How Daisies Jiggle – Matchbox
Bob Gluck – Dolphin Dance – Something Quiet
Bob Gluck piano
Joe Giardullo soprano saxophone
Christopher Dean Sullivan bass
2011 FMR Records FMR 294-0810
Christian McBride – The Middle Man – Christian McBride’s New Jawn
Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Mon Calpe – Headlands
Fredrik Nordström – Hometown Prophet – Needs
Recorded March 23, 2018 at BAS, Bandhagen Sweden
Fredrik Nordström tenor, baritone saxophone
Mats Äleklint trombone
Filip Augustson double bass
Christopher Cantillo drums
Fredrik Ljungkvist clarinet, tenor saxophone
Niklas Barnö trumpet
Torbjörn Zetterberg double bass
Fredrik Rundqvist drums
2018 Clean Feed CF496CD
In his new album, saxophonist and composer Fredrik Nordström deals with a format that reminds of a double quartet of the same type as Ornette Coleman recorded in the early 1960’s. For someone always interested in exploring different possibilities of group interaction, the decision isn’t really a surprise in itself: what surprises us are the results. Instead of acting as a double quartet, Nordström and his fellow Swedish musicians sometimes acts as an octet or as a trio, a quintet, or, you name it! The (double) rhythm section shows off some groovy and hard swinging parts as one unit, but the freedom to contribute individually in this collective of great improvisers is fundamental.
Nordström’s writing and conduction of the improvisational developments are, as always, subtle and meticulous, like hidden geometrical forms in an (apparently) abstract canvas. And if the double quartet matrix is generally connoted with the free jazz subgenre, in “Needs” something else is in equation, coming from the bop and hard bop traditions (Nordström’s tenor style owes something to Dexter Gordon) adding adventurous compositions with dazzling improvisations and giving expression to what the leader of this one day session calls «progressive jazz with unquestionable influence of contemporary classical and rock music». A must. —CF
Ada Rave Cuarteto – Baila Con Monk – La Continuidad
Recorded July 02, 2011
Ada Rave soprano, alto, tenor saxophone
Wenchi Lazo guitars
Martín de Lassaletta double bass, keyboards 
Martín López Grande drums
2012 Pan Y Rosas Discos pyr042
Arild Andersen – Shimri – Shimri
Bass – Arild Andersen
Drums, Percussion – Pål Thowsen
Piano – Lars Jansson
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute [Flutes], Percussion – Juhani Aaltonen
Recorded October 1976 at Talent Studios, Oslo
Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva, Torbjorn Zetterberg – Find Nothing – Child of Illusion
Recorded on December 22nd, 2017 at The House Of The Lord
Chris Pitsiokos alto saxophone
Susana Santos Silva trumpet
Torbjorn Zetterberg double bass
2018 Clean Feed CF498CD
“When the music we call jazz continues to reveal a number of new values with the surprising qualities of Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva and Torbjorn Zetterberg, you have the final confirmation: this musical genre is in very good health these present days. And when musicians like the ones reunited in Child of Illusion distinguish themselves on the scene, you can only hope to find them in the same band.
Here it is, for our common pleasure entirely. Pitsiokos, a New Yorker who is filling a new page of the book telling the history of the alto saxophone in jazz, justifies his fame as a super skilled player who is expanding the technical and lexical possibilities of his instrument, either with his own projects or in association with the greatest, from Tyshawn Sorey and Peter Evans to Lydia Lunch and Otomo Yoshihide.
Silva, a Portuguese now living in Stockholm, has a warm and acid trumpet sound which quickly positioned her in the Olympus of this music, in the company of mavericks of older generations like Fred Frith, Joe Morris, Mats Gustafsson, Joelle Leandre and Mat Maneri.
Zetterberg, one of the top double bassists in Sweden, turned to be an international reference, due to his work as the leader of Hot Five or in the company of like-minded musicians who are making a difference, from Jonas Kullhamar and Alberto Pinton to Mats Aleklint and Jon Falt. If you don’t know them yet, this is a magnificent opportunity for an update.”-Clean Feed
Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Wellenpeitschen – Headlands
Christian McBride – John Day – Christian McBride’s New Jawn