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Andrew Rathbun | New Album Out On Steeplechase Records

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Voted as a ‘rising star’ in the 2018 Downbeat Critics Poll, renowned saxophonist, composer & Toronto native Andrew Rathbun adds to his portfolio of stirring original albums this winter, with the release of Character Study on Steeplechase Records.
Saxophonist, composer & Toronto native Andrew Rathbun has achieved a rare depth of lyricism, authoritative swing and compositional intelligence in nearly 20 years as a recording artist.

Voted as a ‘rising star’ in this year’s Downbeat Critics Poll, he adds to his portfolio of stirring original albums this winter, with the release of Character Study on Steeplechase Records.

Joined by Tim Hagans (trumpet), Gary Versace (piano), Jay Anderson (bass) & Bill Stewart (drums), the album showcases a sound rooted in modern jazz but deeply informed by classical composition.

The New York Times’ Ben Ratliff described Rathbun as “an industrious saxophonist and imaginative composer-arranger” and it’s his work with large ensembles that’s seen him collaborate with the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, the Metropole Orkest, amongst others.

This latest album—inspired by questions of integrity, decorum & fact in America—features yet another extraordinary line-up and shows, yet again, why he’s hailed as one of the top composer-arranger-performers today.

Rathbun earned a Masters in Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with George Garzone, Jimmy Giuffre and George Russell. He became a fixture on the New York jazz scene during his years in Brooklyn, helping to shape the sound of the music in the new millennium as he earned a Doctorate in Jazz Arts from Manhattan School of Music.

Praise for Andrew Rathbun

“Rathbun’s lines dance and glides, reflecting both childlike wonder and well-honed artistry” —Jazztimes

“Rathbun deserves to be ranked among today’s top arranger-composers” —Jazziz Magazine

“Andrew Rathbun is an artist who takes chances with his recordings. You don’t hear any paint-by-the-numbers jazz discs from him." —All About Jazz

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