Brooklyn strikes back with a passion on the Dan Pratt Organ Quartet new release Toe the Line." Tenor Saxophonist/Composer Dan Pratt succeeds in combining lyrical melodies with complex but elegant angular rhythmic structure to create music that evolves and mixes together the soulful swing of yesteryear along with the pocket and vibe of today's most modern sounds Pratt is joined on the date by the stunning polyphony of Hammond B-3 sensation Jared Gold
, the talented and dulcet tones of trombonist Alan Ferber
, as well as the fiery bombast and solid metrics of drummer Mark Ferber
. Jazz fans that take the time to Toe the Line" will surely dig the scene with the Dan Pratt Organ Quartet's latest release available now from Posi-Tone Records. Besides being one of the most tremendous new saxophonists around today, Dan Pratt is also evolving as quite an exciting composer as well. He's the complete package." -Christian McBride, world-renowned jazz bassist On tenor sax, Pratt has a huge, warm sound, and he improvises creatively and aggressively. He might play against the rhythm, and more often, he digs in and swings." -Marc Meyers, All About Jazz"
About Dan Pratt:
Dan Pratt is a force to be reckoned with on the New York jazz scene, one of today's top young tenor saxophonists, and a gifted composer, all evidenced on his quartet's debut recording, Springloaded. Pratt began his studies as a classical baritone saxophonist in his native Saratoga, CA before switching to tenor. He was accepted to the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band, directed by the late trumpeter and Duke Ellington alumnus, Bill Berry and with this band he experienced his first taste of the international jazz scene, touring throughout Japan and performing at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival. Pratt went on to the Berklee College of Music in 1994, surrounding himself with many fellow artists (including Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno), who were exploring music of all forms. During this time the saxophonist benefited from working with legends such as Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, and many others.
After graduating with honors in 1997, he made the pilgrimage to the Big Apple. Within two years he was performing with the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and in 1999 he formed the quintet Vista with trumpeter Erik Jekabson. With the release of their critically praised debut album The Arrival in 2000, they toured through New York and New Orleans to rave reviews. The Dan Pratt Organ Quartet was formed in the fall of 2001. Pratt can also be heard all over town with a variety of artists including The Christian McBride Big Band, Jamie Begian's big band, the Fat Cat Orchestra, the Big Bad Big Band, and the Rachel Eckroth Nonet.
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