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Jeremy Udden: Three In Paris (Sunnyside)

This trio set by saxophonist Jeremy Udden might seem, on paper, to have been thrown together with little forethought. In his liner notes, Udden states that although he and acoustic bassist Nicolas Moreaux had collaborated frequently, drummer John Betsch was new to him, having played with Udden only once before. The track list also appears … Read More “Jeremy Udden: Three In Paris (Sunnyside)”

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Jeremy Udden/Nicolas Moreaux: Belleville Project

When American saxophonist-composer Jeremy Udden crossed paths with French bassist Nicolas Moreaux in Paris, two musical soulmates found one another. Udden’s groups Plainville and Folk Art have made jazz music that utilizes non-jazz styles (mostly Americana and rock), a strategy shared by Moreaux. The bassist’s “Jeremy” is a two-chord vamp with the melodic swoop of … Read More “Jeremy Udden/Nicolas Moreaux: Belleville Project”

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Hush Point: Blues and Reds

Hailing as it does from within the notably exploratory Brooklyn scene, an album as appealingly old-school as Hush Point’s Blues and Reds is an unexpected surprise. Substitute a baritone saxophone for Jeremy Udden’s alto, and this sophomore effort from the pianoless quartet could almost be mistaken for a lost recording from the classic Gerry Mulligan/Chet … Read More “Hush Point: Blues and Reds”

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Jeremy Udden: Folk Art

Stoked by Brandon Seabrook’s convulsive banjo, saxophonist Jeremy Udden’s ultra-spare 2009 album, Plainville, was such a strikingly original blend of jazz and Americana, a kind of Kind of Blue for the roots set, it has proved a difficult act to follow. In taking the music to its next stage, Udden’s more plugged-in followup, If the … Read More “Jeremy Udden: Folk Art”

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