Sunday, April 28, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jesse Elder

Artist:Jesse Elder
Song:Solar Plexus
Album:The Winding Shell

Pianist Jesse Elder is currently a fixture on the New York jazz scene. He plays various clubs five nights a week and he is also a bandleader and sideman. Elder studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory and New School University. He has won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers competition four times and performed at the 2011 ASCAP award ceremony at Lincoln Center. He has toured with Fishbone lead singer Angelo Moore and played on records by Billy Hart, Marcus Belgrave and Lonnie Plaxico. But mostly he plays New York clubs like Jazz Standard and Barge Music with his various bands. The Winding Shell was released in 2009 on the Belgian label Off Records. There are four, count 'em, four sax players on this CD. They are Logan Richardson, Gary Thomas, Chris Cheek and Jeremy Viner. Thomas has been around since the 80s and has played with Miles Davis and Jack DeJohnette. Cheek plays on a lot of sessions. Richardson and Viner are young guys. Chris Tordini plays bass and Tyshawn Sorey is on drums. He is a member of Dave Douglas & Nomad. Elder also plays a suite of twin piano compositions with Japanese composer Aya Nishina. To date this is the only CD Elder has released under his own name. But he also leads the bands 1in2 with violinist Blanca Cecilia and Foldersnacks. Both bands have released CDs. He has also played on CDs by Scott Tixier, Sara Elizabeth Charles and Jason Consolacion and is working on upcoming CDs by Matt Parker, Tony Middleton and Melody Sweets and the Candy Shop Boys. Jesse Elder will be of interest to progressive jazz fans. Here's Jesse Elder performing Solar Plexus at Barge Music Apr. 9, 2009.

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