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BROOKLYN JAZZ UNDERGROUND RECORDS To Release SO FAR The Debut Recording From Guitarist/Composer NADAV REMEZ
(Published: March 15, 2011)


For Immediate Release:
 
 
BROOKLYN JAZZ UNDERGROUND RECORDS To Release SO FAR
The Debut Recording From Guitarist/Composer NADAV REMEZ
(Available April 26 at www.BJURecords.com and www.nadavremez.com)
 
 
SO FAR features:
Nadav Remez (guitar, compositions)
Shai Maestro (piano, Fender Rhodes, organ)
James Wylie (alto sax, clarinet)
Steve Brickman (tenor saxophone)
Avri Borochov (bass)
Ziv Ravitz (drums)
and special guest Itamar Borochov (trumpet)
 
CD Release Concerts in Celebration of So Far
 
4/12 @ Chris' Jazz Café (Philadelphia, PA, www.chrisjazzcafe.com)
 
4/13 @ Twins Jazz (Washington, D.C., www.twinsjazz.com)
 
4/21 @ Goethe Institut (Boston, MA, www.goethe.de/boston)
 
4/24 @ Smalls (NYC, www.smallsjazzclub.com)




Guitarist/composer Nadav Remez - originally from Israel, now living in Brooklyn, NY, is "one of the best recent discoveries of the jazz scene," (L'Est Republicain).  His music, an intriguing blend of modern jazz, alternative rock, and Jewish folk music, is drawing attention from fans and critics worldwide.  The Berklee and New England Conservatory alumni's debut recording, So Far, captures a magical performance by Remez and his band of Shai Maestro, James Wylie, Steve Brickman, Avri Borochov, Ziv Ravitz, and special guest Itamar Borochov, in an adventurous musical journey through eight new originals, and a brilliant arrangement of a traditional Jewish melody, "Lecha Dodi".  So Far will be released on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records on April 26.
 
The title track "So Far" is an ensemble piece with no solos, but focused rather on introducing the voices of the band, and having them fully expressed in this piece of music.  The composition serves as the overture, or centerpiece, for the entire recording as it contains various melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements from the rest of the tunes.  So Far continues with "Pinchas", inspired by "the jazz-rock-folk writing approach of drummers Eric Harland and Brian Blade", said Remez, and the first tune on the CD featuring extended improvisations by pianist Shai Maestro and Remez.  On "Pinchas", and the rest of the recording, the band reveals its Fellowship-ness with splendid results.  "Inner Peace" began humbly as a composition exercise but quickly morphed into a tune worthy of being on the album.  The first section of the tune shares the chordal structure of one of Joe Henderson's most revered compositions, "Inner Urge", and also some of the cathartic energy from much of mid-1960s jazz.  "Untitled" begins the "B-side" of the album so to speak, offering an act two that features more intense playing.  The traditional Jewish song, "Lecha Dodi", sung in synagogues around the world on Friday nights to welcome the Sabbath, is re-imagined by Remez by bringing together two variations on the melody with the quarter-tone improvisations from guest trumpeter Itamar Borochov and saxophonist James Wylie. 
  
Other highlights on So Far include "From Above", written for Nadav's late Grandmother Regine during her last days.  "This song reminds me of a bird, flying through a town for the last time before migrating to another place," said Remez;  and "The Miracle", of which Remez commented, "this tune literally came into my life unannounced.  My band and I were rehearsing for a TV appearance, and after we were finished we started some free improvisation.  At one point I just heard the tune in its entirety in my head and played it.  I repeated playing the melody over and over again and the other guys started jumping in one after the other.  That's how the concept of the tune evolved.  In the context of the album, this is the last tune with the entire band playing, and the climax of the story."  The album peacefully concludes with a lovely solo piece, that is in tribute to Remez's Grandfather Yosef, nicknamed "Susu".  Remez explains further, "it is a through-composed song, that ends with a looped vamp that I first improvise on, and then manipulate so that it is played in reverse, before fading out.  The last minute reminds me of a ship sailing away, into the mist." 
 
Nadav Remez received a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2005, and in 2007 he was invited to participate in the prestigious Montreux Gibson Jazz guitar competition, where he was selected as a semi-finalist.  In 2008, Remez continued his studies at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with the likes of Miguel Zénon, Billy Hart and George Garzone.  He quickly became one of busiest musicians in the area, as he collaborated with notable musicians such as Myron Walden and Jamey Haddad, and performed at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals, including the Blue Note in New York and the Nancy Jazz Pulsations in France.  During this time, Remez started writing music for his first album as a leader, and in June 2010, Nadav and his band went into the studio to record So Far, which beautifully sums up his latest life experiences, in musical form. 
 



 
For more information click on www.BJURecords.com and www.Nadavremez.com and contact:
 
Jason Paul Harman Byrne - Red Cat Publicity
Tel 347 578 7601, Email Redcatjazz@mac.com 
Website www.Redcatpublicity.com
 
 
Quick Links

www.bjurecords.com

www.nadavremez.com





Coming Up!:

Pianist, composer and bandleader Bruce Barth's new CD, Live at Smalls  
 
April 2 & 3 - The 5th Annual Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival - @ The Cornelia Street Cafe - www.brooklynjazz.org

CONNECTION WORKS: The 2010/2011 season of Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open, NOW taking place at The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in Park Slope:
 
NEXT CONCERT:
April 13, 2011
Musical Dialogues w/ Joe Lovano
WORKS w/ special guests, Joe Lovano & Scott Colley
 
March 15 - Alexis Cuadrado - Noneto Iberico (BJURecords) - A New Nine Movement Composition Commissioned by The Chamber Music America-Doris Duke Foundation "New Works" grant program. CD Release Concerts - March 25 & 26 @ The Jazz Gallery

March 16 @ The Jazz Standard - Lynne Arriale celebrates the release of Convergence (Motema), featuring Joel Frahm, Omer Avital & Anthony Pinciotti

May 4 @ The Cornelia Street Cafe - Trumpeter/composer Shane Endsley celebrates his new CD Then The Other (on www.lowelectricalrecords....)

May 14 & 15 @ The Iridium - The Cookers celebrate the release of
Cast The First Stone (on Plus Loin)

May 26 - Rondi Charleston celebrates Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Motema) at Joe's Pub, featuring Dave Stryker, Lynne Arriale, James Genus, Clarence Penn, Brandon McCune, Mayra Casales
 
April 12 - Rufus Reid & Out Front (Motema), featuring Steve Allee, Duduka Da Fonseca, Toninho Horta, Bobby Watson, JD Allen & Freddie Hendrix

Also look for new releases from Anne Mette Iversen, Avishai Cohen (Introducing Triveni Part II on Anzic Records), Roni Ben-Hur, Jeff Fairbanks, and many others.

The eclectic, far-reaching spirit of The Cornelia Street Cafe, (The NYC Jazz Record's Venue of the Year, 2004, 2008 & 2010), continues, presenting some of the most revered artists from various coteries of music, literature and theatre.  Please contact Red Cat Publicity or click here for the full schedule of events - www.corneliastreetcafe.com 


More Information: http://www.brooklynjazz.org

Submitted By:

Red Cat Publicity
redcatjazz@mac.com


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