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Andy Biskin
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Clarinetist/composer Andy Biskin brings inspired craftsmanship, technical elegance, and a grasp of American musical history to his eclectic musical universe.

"It's hard to find gentle humor in jazz but the clarinetist Andy Biskin has perfect radar for it."
       — Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

"One clarinetist worth watching is Andy Biskin, as much for his composing as his playing."
       — Kevin Whitehead, Fresh Air with Terry Gross
 
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Act Necessary

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Andy Biskin Ibid
Act Necessary

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Clarinetist-composer Andy Biskin is up to his old tricks again on Act Necessary, the debut release by his new quartet, Ibid. Mashing up everything from polkas and New Orleans jazz to funk and Tin Pan Alley, Biskin shoehorns sophisticated compositional elements into epic miniature tunes. His all-star quartet, featuring cornetist Kirk Knuffke, trombonist Brian Drye, and drummer Jeff Davis, handles each musical hairpin turn with infectious enthusiasm and deep insight into the music’s many subtleties.

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Trio Tragico

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Andy Biskin
Trio Tragico

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The beautifully crafted miniature compositions on this album fuse jazz, classical, and social music into highly personal hybrid forms. Biskin's composing for Trio Tragico emphasizes ensemble balance and its overall sound, rather than individual soloists. Joining Biskin are two virtuosos of modern improvised music, Dave Ballou (trumpet) and Drew Gress (bass).

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  Early American
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Andy Biskin Quartet
Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster

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This CD features songs by Stephen Foster, as well as six Biskin originals. Although Biskin takes liberties with Foster's tunes, he preserves the beauty and sentiment of the songs while casting them in a new light. Biskin's own pieces for the quartet are equally melodious and varied in form, uniting elements from early and modern jazz with dance and classical music. The quartet features some of New York's most searching and genre-defying musicians, including John Hollenbeck (percussion), Pete McCann (guitar/banjo), and Chris Washburne (trombone/tuba).

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Andy Biskin Quintet
Dogmental

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Andy Biskin's acclaimed debut album on Gunther Schuller's GM Recordings, "Dogmental" is scored for the traditional New Orleans frontline of clarinet, trumpet, and trombone, and features 15 Biskin originals that pick up where Dixieland leaves off. With Ron Horton (trumpet), Bruce Eidem (trombone), Ben Allison (bass), and Matt Wilson (drums).

Critics Pick 2001: One of the best records of the year.        Jazziz

"Andy Biskin's effervescent quintet slams neo-Dixieland, Jimmy Giuffre-esque chamber jazz, and Raymond Scott-inspired zaniness together and still finds plenty of room for inspired improvisation and offbeat composition."
       The New Yorker

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