Myron Walden Returns from Recording Sabbatical


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Much like Sonny Rollins before him, the gifted saxophonist Myron Walden has taken a sabbatical from recording to master the tenor saxophone, woodshed, and compose; this winter will see his reemergence, with the release of three albums of original material.

Demi Sound Records will release Momentum on November 17 with In This World and Countrified following in January, 2010. Momentum consists of original compositions inspired by the works of Miles Davis' 1960s aggregations. Joining Walden are Darren Barrett (Roy Hargrove, Elvin Jones) on trumpet, David Bryant on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass, and Kendrick Scott (The Crusaders, Terrance Blanchard) on drums.

All Music Guide has called Walden “one of jazz's most powerful young alto players, “ characterizing his 2005 album 'This Way' as “unyielding, brash and really good." That album was named one of the ten best releases of 2005 by both All About Jazz and the Jazz Journalists Association. All About Jazz described Walden as the “most original player on his instrument to come along since Kenny Garrett," calling his compositions “fearless, compelling and stimulating."

Walden will mount a September residency at New York's Jazz Gallery on Wednesday nights. He plans to vary the themes and lineups for each concert, including a tribute to Stanley Turrentine, his introspective project 'In This World, ' his driving music of 'Momentum, ' revisiting the saxophone interplay of 'Higher Ground, ' and his minimalist trio Apex. These sets serve as benefit concerts for the Jazz Gallery.

Walden has performed alongside Wynton Marsalis, Ray Barretto, Nat Adderley, Freddie Hubbard, and Brian Blade. He has appeared at the Jazz Standard, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Blue Note, Iridium, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Village Vanguard, living in New York and Miami.

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