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Baritone Saxophonist Brian Landrus Releases Powerful New CD "Traverse"

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With pianist Michael Cain (piano and co-producer), bassist Lonnie Plaxico and drummer Billy Hart

“A poet who has a mastery of tone, something he explores with gravity and a very gentle swing... Landrus is a voice to watch out for as he charts a creative course in music." —Raul d'Gama Rose, All About Jazz

Baritone Saxophone Rising Star —DownBeat Magazine 2010 International Critics Poll

Brian Landrus is quickly becoming recognized as one of his generation's most unique, passionate, and powerful voices on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet. After receiving wide critical acclaim for his debut CD Forward (Cadence Jazz Records), he decided to take the bold move of launching his own record label: BlueLand Records, and begin building a catalog of his music. He has recorded two CDs for this new label: Traverse (Available March 1, 2011) with the Brian Landrus Quartet, and Capsule (July 1, 2011) featuring the Landrus Kaleidoscope.

On Traverse Landrus' powerful voice is fused with three exceptional musicians: Michael Cain (piano and co-producer), Lonnie Plaxico (acoustic bass), and Billy Hart (drums). This quartet plays beautiful, heartfelt traditional jazz with a fresh new vibe. Traverse features Landrus' original compositions, as well as a gorgeous rendition of the standard, “Body And Soul." Landrus, who has already been recognized as “Rising Star" in Downbeat's 2010 Critics Poll, not only makes a strong stance as the next major voice on baritone, but also delights with the rare uniqueness of his sound, approach, and compositions.

Brian Landrus (b. 1978) is a woodwind specialist, composer/arranger, and educator. An in demand soloist with an individual voice on baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, bass clarinet, bass flute, and alto flute (as well as other woodwinds including flute, oboe, English horn and bassoon), Landrus grew up in Reno NV and now makes his home in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of artists including George Garzone, Bob Brookmeyer, Michael Cain, Rakalam Bob Moses, Billy Hart, Lonnie Plaxico, John Lockwood, Jerry Bergonzi, Roscoe Mitchell, Jason Palmer, Darryl Harper, Danilo Perez, Ken Schaphorst Orchestra, Ayn Inserto Orchestra, Omar Thomas, John Carlson, Carmen Staaf, Lefteris Kordis, Matthew Parish, Nir Felder, Rudy Royston, DJ Ecto, Frank Carlberg, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Allan Chase, Francis Vanek, Peter Epstein, David Ake, Allan Ferber, Larry Engstrom, Ed Corey, Grant Levin, Gerry Genaurio, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Coasters, The Drifters, Mike Love, Nicholas Urie, Groundation, Rufus Haereiti, Jammal Tarkington, and many others.

After receiving his bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Nevada Reno, Landrus earned two Master of Music degrees from New England Conservatory in Boston, (Jazz Composition and Jazz Performance) and was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal by the faculty of NEC. He plays many different genres of music and performs/records regularly with many groups including his own bands with which he has recorded six CDs.

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