Randy Napoleon Sextet Previews New Music at Fat Cat

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Randy Napoleon
Guitarist Randy Napoleon brings a three-horn sextet to Fat Cat in New York City on September 3 to perform originals and fresh arrangements of jazz and soul standards and rethought pop tunes. “It's really an exciting process," he says of working on the arrangements. “There's a fine line between doing something adventurous and doing something where the song loses what attracted people in the first place. The trick is to balance familiarity and surprise."

Joining Napoleon are Ehud Asherie on organ, Pete Van Nostrand on drums, Josh Brown on trombone, Justin Ray on trumpet, and Frank Basille on baritone saxophone. Usually the three-horn configuration includes a tenor saxophone, but Napoleon has been experimenting with something new. “I want to voice things a little lower and get a darker fuller sound," he says. “The baritone saxophone gives me that."

In August, the Detroit Jazz Festival brought Napoleon's sextet to Cliff Bells, a club in Detroit, for the Budweiser Pre-Fest. There, he began to develop some of this music. He will add some new songs on this date.

Napoleon, a member of the Freddy Cole Quartet, has been working on the project when there are breaks in Cole's touring schedule. For more information, please visit our website.

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