On Friday, October 24th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12
will present the New York-based quartet Bad Touch (formerly the Loren Stillman Quartet). Reconfigured as a collective ensemble in 2008, the group features alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, guitarist Nate Radley, organist Gary Versace and drummer Ted Poor. This two- set performance is part of the band’s eight-city fall tour in support of its self-released debut, Like A Magic Kiss
“Although short at just over forty minutes, Like A Magic Kiss makes a deep impact due to the underlying cohesiveness of its emotional sound world,” writes AllAboutJazz.com reviewer Budd Kopman. “The balance between arranged structure and improvisation is always audible and fascinating to follow. The intensity never lets up, since it comes from both the rhythmically propulsive compositions of Poor, and the dangerously beautiful compositions of Stillman, allowing Bad Touch to mine many different emotions and vistas.”
Collectively, the members of Bad Touch have appeared on more than 80 recordings and worked with many of the most respected names in jazz, including John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Maria Schneider, Cuong Vu and Matt Wilson. They have also worked as bandleaders in their own right and earned honors such as the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and strong showings in DownBeat’s annual Critics Poll.
2008 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:
09/19: Steve Lantner Trio
09/26: Conference Call
10/03: Ned Rothenberg's Sync
10/10: Shakers n' Bakers
10/17: Josh Roseman's Execution Quintet
10/24: Bad Touch
10/31: Magic (Joe McPhee/Dominic Duval/Jay Rosen/Mikolaj Trzaska)
11/07: George Schuller's Circle Wide
11/14: Jamie Baum Septet
11/21: Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings
12/05: The Flatlands Collective
12/12: Donny McCaslin Trio
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