Lucian Ban piano
Jorge Sylvester alto sax
Brad Jones bass
Gene Jackson drums
Romanian expat pianist & composer LUCIAN BAN presents in a rare NY live appearance on FRI, February 6 at Cornelia Street Cafe his acclaimed ASYMMETRY QUARTET featuring a stellar cast – the Panama born alto great JORGE SYLVESTER, bassist extraordinaire BRAD JONES and contemporary master drummer GENE JACKSON. Called by JAZZ TIMES “one of the strongest, freshest new bands in New York” the band released in 2007 to critical acclaim the album “ Playground” on Jazzaway Records.
“ … This acoustic album is heady, electric stuff, … what makes Playground work is the juxtaposition of Ban’s Old World intellectual romanticism and Sylvester’s earthy Third World fervor….” Thomas Konrad, JAZZ TIMES.
“ …. Ban’s writing on Playground reveals influences spanning the early carefree Ornette and the early weighty Jimmy Giuffre; however, there’s nothing gratuitously off-center or ponderous about his compositions. Instead, Ban hones melody and harmonic movement into smartly constructed pieces that resonate, emotionally.” Bill Shoemaker, POINT of DEPARTURE.
“ …. a recording by the Asymmetry Quartet … we should be thankful for Lucian Ban’s abundant imagination” Jeff Stockton , All About Jazz.
Expect new music …. pulsating blues, post bop lines, intricate compositions and grooves together with free jazz outbursts…. the four musicians have to “be seen and heard” to get the full picture. This promises to be a special evening!
For more info, sounds, and press, please visit the artists' official websites: Lucian Ban and Jorge Sylvester.
LUCIAN BAN (p), BADAL ROY (tablas) with SAM NEWSOME (sop sax)
Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Another exciting performance at Cornelia Street Café on SUN, February 15 with SOUNDSCAPE, a unique collaborative trio featuring pianist LUCIAN BAN, master soprano sax player SAM NEWSOME and the foremost exponent of tabla in jazz, Mr. BADAL ROY on tablas. Combining microtonal folk music with contemporary jazz structures and rhythms. Combining microtonal folk music with contemporary jazz structures and rhythms. From Eastern Europe to Africa and Far East India … an unknown musical journey that will unfold on the bandstand. No matter how complex the music or group whenever Badal Roy is present the music gets an undeniable funkiness to it.
BADAL ROY on his real name Amerendra 'Badal' Roy Choudhury arrived in New York in 1968 with a pair of tablas and eight dollars in his pocket. Badal's passionate style of playing is free-flowing and always from the heart, and when Miles Davis heard him play, the superstar warmed to him and spread the word. Soon he received his big break: an invitation to record with John McLaughlin and Miles successively. Today Badal Roy is the foremost exponent of tabla in jazz music. He has played with not only Davis and McLaughlin, but also artists as diverse as Herbie Mann, Dave Liebman, Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie, Lonnie Liston Smith, Yoko Ono and has been an integral part of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time since 1988.
An award winning soprano saxophonist SAM NEWSOME is considered one of the top 3 soprano sax players in the world today and was constantly voted in the Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times and other major press. Author of 7 albums as a leader for labels like Sony/Columbia Records, Steeplechase, Palmetto, etc and has appeared on more than 40 albums as collaborator with such stars as Terence Blanchard, Leon Parker, Jean Michel Pilc, etc. He has toured with jazz legends Lionel Hampton, Donald Byrd and with his ensembles throughout the world.
“More about emotional revelation …” - New York Times
“ …. Expanding the language of modern jazz … “ - Jazz Times
Originally from Romania pianist & composer LUCIAN BAN now lives in NYC where is considered to be “one of the most gifted and talented pianist to come to NY in the past decade”. The Hans Koller Foundation and the Austrian Culture Department nominated him twice in 2005 & 2006 for “Best European Jazz Musician”. He has recorded 6 albums as a leader for labels in US and Europe. He leads several of his own projects in NY and tours with them nternationally. His group Lumination featuring drum legend Barry Altschul was voted “ One of 10 Best Shows of 2003 “ by All About Jazz NY. He also writes music for theatre, film and dance and his music for “Philosopher Fox” was nominated for the prestigious Innovative Theatre Award in NYC in 2004.
"Ban plays with a fluency and sensibility that recalls Vladimir Horowitz as much as McCoy Tyner” Terrell Holmes AA Jazz NY
For more info, sounds, and press, please visit the artists' official websites: Lucian Ban, Sam Newsome, and Badal Roy.
[Image: ASYMMETRY Quartet]