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Ezra Weiss Sextet CD release
221 NW 10th
Sept. 6, 2014, 8 p.m.
Recently listed in the 2012 and 2013 DownBeat Critics Polls, composer/pianist Ezra Weiss has led bands in many of the country’s greatest clubs.
With his new album, Weiss reaffirms his status as one of the premier young jazz pianists and composers in the U.S., demonstrating why he was listed as a Rising Star Arranger in the 2012 and 2013 DownBeat Critics Polls. With an all-star band that includes some of the top talent in the U.S., the Ezra Weiss Sextet plays modern yet accessible original compositions and arrangements, all deeply rooted in jazz tradition, with emotional energy and artistic drive.
In this band, trumpeter Farnell Newton (Jill Scott, Bootsy Collins), alto saxophonist John Nastos (Diane Schurr, Chuck Israels), tenor saxophonist Renato Caranto (Esperanza Spalding, Mel Brown), bassist Eric Gruber (Eric Reed, Darrell Grant), and drummer Christopher Brown (Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson) join forces to bring Weiss’ heartfelt and imaginative compositions to life.
The album, Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live in Portland] comes out September 9 on the Roark Records label. Advance copies of the CD will be available exclusively at Jimmy Mak’s.