One night only at the Side Door Jazz Club, Old Lyme CT
Posi-Tone Records unveils a carefully curated presentation of “New Faces” and keeps the musical message focused “Straight Forward.” This album is certainly not just another blowing date. This new music intentionally combines the individual talents of emerging Posi-Tone leaders into a cohesive camaraderie of artists that work together as a unified collective to consciously create a series of meaningful musical presentations. This “New Faces” group (trumpeter Josh Lawrence, vibraphonist Behn Gillece, saxophonist Roxy Coss, pianist Theo Hill, bassist Peter Brendler and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza) was carefully assembled and supervised by producer Marc Free, given the collective mission, and then sent off together to explore a wonderland of melodic mysteries and harmonic possibilities. The entire series of succinct performances included on this album are deliberately intended to provide accurate practical auditory insight and representation of the musical aesthetics and operational ethos of Posi- Tone Records. Highlighted by a sparkling diadem of performances, the album’s engaging program takes us on an entertaining musical journey, and revisits some repertoire gems from the label’s previous releases, along with some fresh cuts from the artist’s dazzling compositional catalog. Sit back and enjoy the intelligent and beautiful sounds emanating from these talented “New Faces” as they work inclusively to move the music dialog “Straight Forward” toward a more delightful today and a brighter tomorrow. ”
Josh Lawrence – Raised in Philadelphia and currently residing in New York City, Lawrence is young and focused trumpet player who has performed on a handful of acclaimed albums as a leader and sideperson for bands like The Fresh Cut Orchestra and The Captain Black Big Band. His first Posi- Tone release as a leader was Color Theory (2017) and will be releasing his follow up album in 2018.
Roxy Coss – Since moving to New York City in 2010, this Seattle native has been impressing jazz fans with her musical ability and emotional enlightenment. Her latest leader album, Chasing The Unicorn (Posi-Tone, 2017) is her third. She has been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and on Harry Connick’s TV show, Harry. In addition to touring the world as a leader and educator, Coss is a member of The Diva Jazz Orchestra and was a member in Jeremy Pelt’s band.
Behn Gillece – Growing up in New Jersey, Gillece has played many nights in the entertaining cities of Philadelphia and New York. His recorded output is large for such a young vibraphonist. He has four albums as co-leader with label mate Ken Fowser, and three as a leader on Posi-Tone. He has appeared as a sideperson on other Posi-Tone records by Walt Weiskopf and Michael Dease.
Theo Hill – At 16, Hill was at the piano bench at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City. He was raised in Albany, NY and moved to NYC in 2004. With his Posi-Tone leader debut in 2016 (Promethean), Hill has opened the eyes of many jazz fans with his energetic playing well rooted in the classics, but progressive sounding. He is a member of The Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty, and will be releasing his second album on Posi-Tone in 2018.
Peter Brendler – A versatile bass player with two records for Posi-Tone and another leader date with John Abercrombie, Brendler is not just another in-demand sideperson, but a creative force on the jazz scene. For a young musician, this New Face brings much experience to the group and adds plenty of modern sensibility and locked-in rhythm to the music.
Vinnie Sperrazza – A fixture on today’s modern NYC jazz scene, drummer Sperrazza has momentum going for him, along with plenty of time on stage and in the studio with his rhythmic partner, Brendler, including his Posi-Tone leader record, Juxtaposition (2017). This Utica, NY native has also been making emotionally rewarding albums over the past decade with numerous Brooklyn based bands.