Reviews that mention Jeff Albert

August 1, 2013

Jeff Albert’s Instigation Quartet

The Tree on the Mound
RogueArt R0G-0046

Two generations of innovative New Orleans residents improvise together on this swiftly moving session of seven original compositions, including four parts of a multi-layered suite. Seconding the Crescent city natives – tenor saxophonist Kidd Jordan, 78, and trombonist Jeff Albert 43 – are two Chicagoans on bass and drums, creating an ensemble not unlike those extant during the 1920s when the likes of Sidney Bechet and Kid Ory brought Big Easy styles north to the Windy City.

Of course one can’t take the Crescent City-Windy City historical comparisons too far. For a start neither rhythm section member is an apprentice in advanced sounds like early Chicago Jazzers would have been. As a matter of fact bassist Joshua Abrams is proficient playing various world musics as well as being the linchpin of several Chicago bands, including his own. As for drummer Hamid Drake, he’s one of the most in-demand percussionists in the world, as likely to appear on a European festival stage as a U.S. club gig. MORE

June 23, 2009

Reut Regev

This is R*Time
Ropeadope No #

Jeff Albert Quartet

Similar in the Opposite Way

Fora Sound FORA 08-01

Gypsy Schaeffer

New Album

Peace Time Records PTR 1003

Brassy, sassy and worth heralding, these CDs feature three trombonists celebrating their bona fides while working out individual paths for themselves. Interesting, all three are somewhat beholden to the super-speedy rhythmic crunches that contemporary players have internalized from rock music.

As a point of demarcation however, with their instrumentation of trombone, saxophone, bass and drums, both the New Orleans combo of Jeff Albert, and the Boston-based Gypsy Schaeffer quartet, which prominently features slide-specialist Joel Yennior, extend the FreeBop focus pioneered by the New York Art Quartet (NYAQ) in the 1960s. Israeli-born, but a New York resident, trombone and flugabone player Reut Regev alters the arrangement by cleaving closer to Latin beats, On This is R*Time she substitutes David Phelps’ flanged and distorted guitar styling for the saxes present on the other CDs and adds conga and bongo frailer Eddie Bobé to two tracks. MORE

June 23, 2009

Jeff Albert Quartet

Similar in the Opposite Way
Fora Sound FORA 08-01

Reut Regev

This is R*Time

Ropeadope No #

Gypsy Schaeffer

New Album

Peace Time Records PTR 1003

Brassy, sassy and worth heralding, these CDs feature three trombonists celebrating their bona fides while working out individual paths for themselves. Interesting, all three are somewhat beholden to the super-speedy rhythmic crunches that contemporary players have internalized from rock music.

As a point of demarcation however, with their instrumentation of trombone, saxophone, bass and drums, both the New Orleans combo of Jeff Albert, and the Boston-based Gypsy Schaeffer quartet, which prominently features slide-specialist Joel Yennior, extend the FreeBop focus pioneered by the New York Art Quartet (NYAQ) in the 1960s. Israeli-born, but a New York resident, trombone and flugabone player Reut Regev alters the arrangement by cleaving closer to Latin beats, On This is R*Time she substitutes David Phelps’ flanged and distorted guitar styling for the saxes present on the other CDs and adds conga and bongo frailer Eddie Bobé to two tracks. MORE

June 23, 2009

Gypsy Schaeffer

New Album
Peace Time Records PTR 1003

Reut Regev

This is R*Time

Ropeadope No #

Jeff Albert Quartet

Similar in the Opposite Way

Fora Sound FORA 08-01

Brassy, sassy and worth heralding, these CDs feature three trombonists celebrating their bona fides while working out individual paths for themselves. Interesting, all three are somewhat beholden to the super-speedy rhythmic crunches that contemporary players have internalized from rock music.

As a point of demarcation however, with their instrumentation of trombone, saxophone, bass and drums, both the New Orleans combo of Jeff Albert, and the Boston-based Gypsy Schaeffer quartet, which prominently features slide-specialist Joel Yennior, extend the FreeBop focus pioneered by the New York Art Quartet (NYAQ) in the 1960s. Israeli-born, but a New York resident, trombone and flugabone player Reut Regev alters the arrangement by cleaving closer to Latin beats, On This is R*Time she substitutes David Phelps’ flanged and distorted guitar styling for the saxes present on the other CDs and adds conga and bongo frailer Eddie Bobé to two tracks. MORE

October 25, 2006

Lucky 7s

Farragut
Lakefront Digital LFD-2-006

Close cooperation between New Orleans and Chicago musicians has a history that goes back as far as King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. While the rapprochement lessened during the modern jazz era, better communication and the devastation caused by a certain recent hurricane has created fortuitous couplings like the one captured here.

New Orleans trombonist and tubaist Jeff Albert and Chicago trombonist Jeb Bishop were the catalysts. Looking for a Chi-Town gig for his hometown band, Albert was convinced by Bishop to put together this septet which blends Louisiana and Illinois players. Bassist Mat Golombisky and drummer Quin Kirchner are also from the Big Easy, while cornetist Josh Berman, reedist Keefe Jackson and vibist Jason Adasiewicz are Windy City residents. Miraculously for a first-time match up, the combined ensemble ends up sounding as if they’re long-time band mates. MORE