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2020 has been packed with new albums from Orenda Records artists. Here’s a super brief introduction to each – click the title for more:
Snow Nerds // Midnight Masquerade
Midnight Masquerade is the newest album from experimental rock group Snow Nerds. This album is defined by its enticing beats, unique instrumentals, and charming absurdity. Stylistically it occupies an intriguing space between jazz, funk, and post-punk; a space in which dance music can live along side experimental improvisation.
Cathlene Pineda // Rainbow Baby
Rainbow Baby, the third and most personal recording as a leader by jazz pianist and composer Cathlene Pineda, is an impressionist rendering of four years of motherhood, pregnancy, loss, and, ultimately, love. It is a personal tale with a universal theme.
Caleb Dolister // Daily Thumbprint Collection 3, The Wandering
Daily Thumbprint Collection 3, The Wandering is an astonishing album, an instrumental wonder whose creation spanned more than ten years, thousands of miles, a galaxy of musical genres, and a small army of rock, classical and jazz musicians across the USA. Its creator, American composer and drummer Caleb Dolister, imagined a through-composed statement of groove-driven rock and beyond-genre music constructed with electric and acoustic instruments.
Believers – Brad Shepik, Sam Minaie, John Hadfield // Believers
Believers is a world-influenced jazz/fusion trio that brings together three musicians who have spent years performing music on the borders of jazz, fusion and world music. Their collective compositions are influenced by diverse musical traditions such as Balkan music, South Indian Carnatic music, and North and West African folk music.
BoorBaar // Swong
BoorBaar is a remarkable percussion trio featuring Cory Beers (Falsetto Teeth, Cory Beers Cimbalom Band), John Wash IV (Cetus), and Mike Robbins (Eighteen Squared). Circling a formidable combined percussion setup, they perform epic, memorized compositions that draw inspiration from a wide range of influences, from minimalism to metal to percussive traditions from cultures all over the globe.
Matt Mayhall & Dan Rosenboom // Language
“The duo of Matt Mayhall and Dan Rosenboom is not your typical drum ‘n’ trumpet duo but perhaps there’s not much typical about such a combination, anyway. With lengthy reputations for applying virtuosity to cutting edge jazz, improvised music and rock, the two also bring a unique telepathy to a project that’s built up over the last thirteen years.”
–S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews
Pedja Milutinovic Drumbooty // Veritas Vincit
“Pedja Milutinovic is a uniquely skilled, ultra-creative drummer whose playing is full of musical surprises! On his noteworthy debut release Milutinovic combines compositions featuring ensemble interaction/improvisation with simpler, groove oriented tunes, thus creating a balanced mix that is well paced and sonically pleasing.”
–Marko Djordjevic, drummer and associated professor at Berklee College of Music
Logan Kane Nonet // Nope,science
Logan Kane, a rising-star bassist and composer in Los Angeles’s thriving jazz scene, releases the debut album of his dynamic nonet, Nope,science on Orenda Records, featuring free jazz heavyweights, David Binney, Dan Rosenboom and Katisse Buckingham alongside with staggering new talent. As a composer, he draws heavily off his jazz and classical chops, but casts a wide atmospheric, alternative shadow with elements of math rock and contemporary classical.
Jon Hatamiya // More Than Anything
Trombonist and composer Jon Hatamiya’s exciting and heart-felt debut More Than Anything reflects on grief, loss, and love, while exploring a broad sonic palate provided by his band of young firebrand musicians. A rising star in the vibrant Los Angeles jazz community, Hatamiya steps to the fore with an epic collection of progressive jazz compositions and delivers a statement full of both virtuosity and emotional depth.
Dan Rosenboom // Absurd in the Anthropocene
“Absurd In The Anthropocene is a joyous, surrealist triumph.”
–Alun Hamnett, Record Collector
“…a fire hose of electronic fusion, heavy on synth and pyrotechnic horn solos, with complex charts and extremely hard-driving, almost rock rhythms… the whole record is great.”
–Phil Freeman, Stereogum
Even though 2020 has provided challenges for artists everywhere, we’ve still got some amazing new releases coming your way in the coming months…
– Dan Rosenboom // Points on an Infinite Line (August)
– Jon Armstrong Sextet // Reabsorb (Fall)