The Spokes Not So Fast
The Spokes is a unique wind trio co-led by three composer/instrumentalists, who each have a distinctive musical personality and diverse history on the New York music scene: Andy Biskin (clarinet), Curtis Hasselbring (trombone) and Phillip Johnston (soprano saxophone). All three compose for the group with their own personal approach, but their music is linked by a lyrical sense of melody, a wry sense of humor, and a distinctive, idiosyncratic compositional voice. On this debut recording, The Spokes channel influences from early 20th-century chamber music, New Orleans jazz, Third Stream music, Civil War brass bands, and contemporary classical idioms, all delivered with wit and agility (think Jimmy Giuffre’s trios, Debussy’s chamber pieces, or Raymond Scott’s horn section). $14.99
Edward Ratliff Those Moments Before
With Those Moments Before, Edward Ratliff unleashes a new set of cinematic small ensemble music inspired by Hong Kong movies, Johnny Hodges, an espresso-and-milk drink found in Barcelona, Henry Threadgill and more. On this latest disc, Ratliff’s accordion and horn-driven music creates an infectious swirl of influences, from nuevo tango and movie soundtracks to an Eastern European blow-out and a French Baroque funeral march. With its vivacious energy, infectious melodies, innovative rhythms, and intriguing diversity, Ratliff has created a very visual and cosmopolitan sound for the post-millennial city. $14.99
Edward Ratliff "Barcelona in 48 Hours"
Sounds from North Africa and tango nuevo join in a sensuous musical journey. With Kevin Norton, Doug Wieselman, Charlie Giordano, et al. "An intriguing tone poem that repays repeated listening" — The Guardian
Andy Biskin Quartet "Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster"
Idiosyncratic arrangements of classic and lesser-known Stephen Foster melodies, interlaced with six Biskin originals. With Pete McCann, Chris Washburne and John Hollenbeck.
Andy Biskin with Dave Ballou and Drew Gress "Trio Tragico"
Trio Tragico features Biskin's intricately crafted miniature tone poems that fuse the sensitivity of chamber music with the spontaneity of modern jazz.