"One of the most consistently impressive and adventurous composer/ instrumentalists in the music." The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD
Probably the best saxophone/ cornet instrumentalist in the history of jazz." Cadence Magazine
What was noticeable above all wasn't just the facility and speed of McPhee's playing but the quality of sound itself... a brave set... Mr. McPhee is intellectual about his music, but (he spills) over into surprisingly emotional territory...not unlike what Rahsaan Roland Kirk did with folk songs and Jimi Hendrix did with 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'" Ben Ratliff, live concert review in The New York Times
McPhee is highly fluent on all his instruments...and critics just as often have lauded McPhee for his gorgeous touch and tone. McPhee never gives less than his best...With McPhee, it's the heady mixture of outside and inside, of experimentation and tradition, and of technique and imagination, which gives his music its character. Clearly, McPhee can do it alland with style, wit, passion and grace." Bill Tilland, British Broadcasting Corporation, 2/O2
A player with an ear for texture and interplay as well as for fire and passion, [he controls] the full range of the horn, from a whisper to a scream...One of the last saxophonists working in the great tradition of vocalized tonality & instrumental storytelling." Yale Professor John Szwed
Joe McPhee might not turn up alongside John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Ornette Coleman on the average jazz fan's top~ten list, but then he's not your average player...Diehards know that this man, who has recorded over 6O discs in the past 35 years, is the most consistently mind~bending lyrical firebrand living and breathing in the genre today. Wish you could see Coltrane, Sanders or Coleman in their prime? Come witness the brilliant spirit of Joe McPhee and his Trio X." Matt Sonzala, Houston Press, 6/27/O2
Among serious jazz fans, Joe McPhee
is recognized as a major force in truly creative musicamong his fellow residents of the Hudson Valley, he is unquestionably far less well known. Hoping to ameliorate this situation, it is a great honor and thrill to be able to present the great Mr. McPhee and one his he finest ensembles, Trio X, to Hudson Valley audiences in the beautiful venue and Hudson River setting of the Chapel of Our Lady Restoration, on the banks of the Hudson near the Metro-North train station at 45 Market Street in Cold Spring. The concert will take place Saturday September 18 at 8 PM. Tickets will be $10 at the door for general admission, and $8 for students and seniors.
Each of the three members of Trio XMr. McPhee on saxophones and trumpets, Dominic Duval
on bass and Jay Rosen
on drumsare significant figures in the current downtown NYC jazz scene and are certain to astonish audiencesboth those familiar with their work, and otherwiseat their Chapel of Our Lady Restoration performance.
Details on the performers follows below. For more information regarding these artists and this performance, please contact James Keepnews at 201.208.1690 or at [email protected]Joe McPhee
was born on November 3, 1939, in Miami, FL, and has lived most of his life in Poughkeepsie, NY. Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene Joe McPhee Biography in the late '60s and early '70s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician. McPhee first began playing the trumpet at age eight. McPhee continued on that instrument through high school and then in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany; during his Army stint, he was first introduced to traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton's Freedom and Unity, recorded in 1967 and released in 1969 on the Third World label, is the first recording on which McPhee appears. In 1968, he began playing the saxophone and since then has investigated a wide range of instruments (including pocket trumpet, clarinet, valve trombone, and piano), with active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music. With a career now spanning over 40 years and more than 60 recordings, Joe McPhee has shown that emotional content and theoretical underpinnings are thoroughly compatibleand in fact, a critically important pairingin the world of creative improvised music.Dominic Duval
has been active on the New York jazz scene since the 1960s. He swiftly established a high reputation among his peers. In the late 90s, owing to several well-received albums, his name had become much better known to international audiences. Notably, he has worked with Cecil Taylor and Joe McPhee. Other collaborations include pianist Matthew Goodheart, Mark Whitecage and Adam Makowicz; drummers John Heward and Jay Rosen, the latter being a particular favorite collaborator of Duval's; saxophonists Ivo Perelman, Glenn Spearman, Jimmy Haleperin and James Finn; violinist Jason Hwang and the Amici String Quartet. He performed with the semi-classical group, the Manhattan Improvisers Chamber Ensemble, which included Rosen, Dom Minasi (guitar), Eleanor Amlin (vocals), John Gunther (reeds) and Rod Thomas (violin). Immensely talented and possessing a formidable technique, Duval has also recorded solo bass albums, Songs for Krakow (nottwo) Nightbird Inventions (cadence) and Anniversary (c.i.m.p.). His bands include the C.T. String Quartet (named for Taylor), the Equinox Trio, an experimental improvisatory group in which he is joined by Jason Hwang, (violin) Ron Lawrence (viola) and Tomas Ulrich (cello).Jay Rosen
was born in 1961 in Philadelphia. His family moved to Long Island, N.Y. in 1964. Jay's musical interest took shape from recorded music that was played around the house as well as two aunts and a brother that were all musicians. Musical vibrations affected Jay in deep, profound ways. Jay began music lessons at age eight on guitar and then piano. However, after seeing (and hearing) Tony Williams (with Sonny Rollins) at Carnegie Hall in 1971, Jay switched to the drums exclusively. Upon hearing Charlie Parker and John Coltrane at the age of 13, Jay decided to pursue jazz as a serious course of study. Jay has studied with Barry Altschul, Kenwood Dennard, Marvin Smitty" Smith, and Joe Morello among others. Jay has been an active member of the New York jazz scene since 1990. Since then he has been deeply involved in the creative improvised and new music scenes in New York City and beyond. Jay Rosen has earned a considerable reputation as a first-rate drummer, lending his talents to diverse musical projects. He has performed throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. and/or recorded with Dr. Lonnie Liston Smith, James Carter, Anthony Braxton, Jaco Pastorius, Kenny Werner, William Parker, Roy Campbell, Sonny Simmons, Howard Johnson, Mike Stern, Matt Shipp, Charles Gayle among many others.
On the banks of the Hudson River, in the heart of the Highlands opposite West Point, The Chapel of Our Lady Restoration is a national historic landmark, built in 1833 in the Greek Revival style. Fifty miles north of New York City, across from Metro North Railroad Station and within walking distance of the charming 19th century village of Cold Spring, the chapel, which has no religious affiliation, hosts the renowned Sunday Music Series and Sunset Reading Series. A beautiful and serene setting for weddings and other private gatherings, such as christenings, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows and memorials, it is also a place of repose and contemplation for visitors to its grounds offering spectacular views. Originally known as Chapel of Our Lady.