Photo by Rudy Lu
Photo by Rudy Lu
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
It’s not that other instruments don’t play jazz, but it is the saxophone that almost single-handedly typifies jazz music to the public at large.
This time out the Schenectady Musical Union in partnership with the Schenectady County Initiative Program presented the sixth annual Jazz Appreciation Month concert, “A Celebration of the Saxophone in Jazz,” on a quiet Sunday afternoon at Proctors’ Robb Alley.
Featuring some of the very best and most talented regional saxophonists (and their groups), the event drew more then 300 people during its four-hour run from 3-7pm.
Interview and story by J Hunter
Photographs by Michael P. Farrell
One thing I’ve been meaning to do is put a milk bottle next to my computer and use it as the equivalent of a “swear box”: Instead of chucking a quarter in every time I let my serial Tourettes get away from me, I’d put a quarter in the bottle every time I use a word or phrase way too much to describe an artist or an artist’s work. For instance, if I put a quarter in the bottle every time I used the term “growth curve” when writing about tenorman Brian Patneaude, I’d be able to do laundry until 2016. But here’s the problem: The phrase keeps fitting the purpose. For five releases – Patneaude’s 2003 debut “Variations” to his brand new disc “All Around Us” – Patneaude has shown himself to be a little bit stronger, a little bit better, and (most importantly) a little bit different with each release.
Anyone who’s followed Patneaude’s musical journey will listen to “All Around Us” and recognize elements of past songs in the blissful “Lake Timeless,” the pulsing “Orb,” or the frenetic “Blucosele.” However, those same listeners will have to acknowledge that there’s much more to Patneaude’s performance than just doing the same thing a little bit differently: His sound is broader; his writing searches deeper; and his solos are edgier with more than a hint of snarl at their peak. You can still hear the influence of the late Michael Brecker, but Patneaude’s always kept his ears open for new influences from today and yesterday. Allowing himself to grow and change has kept his music and his approach fresh, both with his own band and with the hard-bop classics he’s been playing with Michael Benedict’s Bopitude.
Speaking of bands, “All Around Us” may have Patneaude’s name at the top of the masthead, but this disc is the first recorded sighting of the Brian Patneaude Quartet – now featuring monster pianist David Caldwell-Mason – since the 2007 release “As We Know It.” Patneaude took time out of his preparations for his Saturday (March 3) CD release party at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center to talk about this, as well as some of the changes in his professional and personal life that have made the growth curve steepen that much more.
(See? I’m out 50 cents already!)
Albany’s premier sax master Brian Patneaude recently brought his band – David Caldwell-Mason on piano and Fender Rhodes; Mike DelPrete on acoustic bass; and Danny Whelchel on drums and percussion – to Cotton Hill Studios in Albany. The upcoming album – Patneaude’s fifth as a bandleader – is titled “All Around Us” and features a half dozen original compositions, as well as arrangements of Wayne Shorter’s “Juju” and Bronislaw Kaper’s “Invitation.” The album was mixed at Bender Studios in Delmar and will be mastered by Scott Petito at NRS Studios in Catskill. It’s slated for release on WEPA Records, and Patneaude and his band will celebrate the release of the new album with a high-profile concert at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 3. Tix are $10.
5. Yellowjackets’ “Timeline”
4. Magnus Öström’s “Thread of Life”
3. Chris Tarry’s “Rest of the Story”
2. Le Boeuf Brothers’ “In Praise of Shadows”
1. Mathias Eick’s “Skala”
By Brian Patneatude of AlbanyJazz.com
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the birth of Brignola, and in his honor, an all-star jazz quartet – featuring drummer David Calarco, guitarist Chuck D’Aloia, bassist Otto Gardner and former Brignola student and saxman Brian Patneaude – will play a special concert at the fest at 5pm.
Admission is free.
MORE REAL GOOD FOR FREE SHOWS, 2011:
PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany (Saturday, September 24)
Live at the Bearsville Theater @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock (8pm on Mondays)
Music @ Noon @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy (12noon on Tuesdays)
September in the City @ Tricentennial Park, Albany (11:30am on Wednesdays)
Frequency North Reading Series @ the College of Saint Rose, Albany (various days)
Tenor saxophonist, composer and bandleader Brian Patneaude is one of a handful of regional jazz musicians that continually strive to raise the bar musically. Year after year for more than a decade, his name has graced the concert schedules of various nightclubs, summer concert series and theaters all around Nippertown.
No matter the venue, the music is always of the highest calibre – both compositionally and in performance. And Patneaude’s concert on the roof of Skidmore College’s Tang Museum earlier this month was certainly no exception.
Last January, jazz drummer Michael Benedict rounded up some heavy hitters and a who’s who of Nippertown jazz musicians and headed into Cotton Hill Studios in Colonie. Andrzej Pilarczyk hung out in the studio with the band and filed a two-part, behind-the-scenes, in-the-studio report for Nippertown: Part 1 and Part 2.
The results of their labors is “Bopitude,” which is the name of the band as well as the title of the CD released on Tuesday by Planet Arts, the Grammy-award winning jazz label based in Catskill.
Benedict teams up once again with his studio line-up of trumpeter Chris Pasin, tenor saxophonist Brian Patneaude, bassist Mike Lawrence and pianist Bruce Barth for a CD release celebration at The Linda at 8pm on Friday (June 10). Tickets are $15.