Three Moments

Josh Rosen, Stan Strickland & Ra Kalam Bob Moses

Other worldly sounds by improvisational masters, thoughtfully emotive originals, and a deep reimagining of the classic anthem, "We Shall Overcome."

"Being in the moment is powerful. Fully alive, everything risked, authentic. No boundaries, no beginning or end. Timeless, without circumference.

Like a pebble in water, the moment ripples out… if no resistance, endlessly. When we play without resistance from our egos or fears, the music extends itself organically, with ease. There is a beauty of freedom and connectivity.

“Three Moments” is music of one moment times three. Each of us in the present moment, happening at one time. Coming from three of us, it’s three moments in one moment." - Stan Strickland

Info on the Music: “Motian” and “Twelve-ish” by Josh Rosen. “We Shall Overcome” by Horton, Carawan, Hamilton, Seeger. All others spontaneously composed by Stan Strickland, Rakalam Bob Moses, and Josh Rosen.

Josh Rosen, piano Stan Strickland, saxes, flutes, bass clarinet, voice, percussion Rakalam Bob Moses, drums, percussion

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Seasons

Josh Rosen & Stan Strickland

Tight knit creative contemporary acoustic jazz. Warm and funny, exuberant, expressive original compositions and fresh improvisations. Superb ensemble work. Music for the mind and the emotions.

Josh Rosen, piano, keyboards Stan Strickland, saxes, flutes, bass clarinet, voice Bruno Råberg, bass Dave Fox, drums

All compositions by Josh Rosen except You Never Give Me Your Money, by Lennon/McCartney (arranged by Josh Rosen) and Hawthorn, which is a group improvisation.

Notes on the tunes: Seasons, joy amid the change of time. TriCycle For Punky is for my rhythmic son Jacob, always on the go, shifting directions, never losing a beat. Third Way is constructed with musical thirds. Resurgence, yes, coming back to the adventure of life. Waltz Eleven, a waltz in an eleven beat pattern, but then it messes around a bit. You Never Give Me Your Money, the Beatles impacted all music. Hawthorn, the breath, the moment, another movement of the Be Here Now Suite. Echo Park is for Los Angeles, the sunshine and the uplifting creative mix of its people. -Josh Rosen

Produced by Josh Rosen and Stan Strickland Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Peter Kontrimas at PBS, Westwood, Massachusetts CD design by Gerard Babakian Cover art from a painting/collage by Renee Rosen

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Sparks

Josh Rosen

Chamber Jazz with a groove! Rich compositions which feature Cellos, Woodwinds, Piano and a deep rhythm section. With Eugene Friesen, Stan Strickland, Mark Walker and Bruno Raberg. Credits include Paul Winter Consort, Oregon and Paquito D'Rivera.

Chamber Jazz with a groove! Rich compositions which feature Cellos, Woodwinds, Piano and a deep rhythm section. With Eugene Friesen, Stan Strickland, Mark Walker and Bruno Raberg. Credits include Paul Winter Consort, Oregon and Paquito D'Rivera.

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Instinct

Josh Rosen & Stan Strickland

The deep rapport of this duo creates a joyous spontaneous ride through a profound range of emotions and musical story telling.

"Rosen and Strickland are more than just in sync - they often sound like a single musician playing two instruments." - Kevin R. Convey, Boston Herald

"With the soul of an improv jam session, these two are one of the tastiest, new treats to come along in a while. Fine stuff that adults will love hearing when they are in an off-the-clock mode. Check it out." - Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Josh Rosen and Stan Strickland began their collaboration on a magical autumn evening in the parlor of an elegant Victorian inn. The immediacy of their rapport cast a wide safety net for mutual musical adventure. Wild cascades of improvisation through diverse yet connected musical worlds enthralled the audience. “Instinct” continues the voyage: a joyous spontaneous ride through a profound range of emotions and musical story telling.

Rosen's compositions, direct and engaging, with strong formal constructs, propel the duo’s explorations. Sparkling woodwind colors play off a keenly responsive piano, at times reflective, probing, and playful. The music shouts, whispers, and cries, carrying one away with it. Strickland creates an astounding variety of colors due to his virtuosic command of seven woodwind instruments, innovative, expansive vocals and percussion, all deeply rooted in world traditions.

“INSTINCT” (ZiggleZaggle Music) opens disarmingly with a little funky piano riff and cool finger snaps. A bluesy theme emerges, builds into a driving piano solo that finally gives way to the sweet sounds of Strickland’s soprano sax. Stan repeats the simple chorus call and takes off on a grooving improvisation. Suddenly time stops – and the listener is down the auditory rabbit hole - free time, free harmony and melody, and multiple mirrors of the duo appear. The cell divides and divides again.

“Puffer Pond” takes us into the woods to witness an evocative interspecies dialogue. Next, we come full circle to the Rodgers/Hammerstein classic, “Hello Young Lovers”. Strickland’s soulfully buoyant interpretation comes complete with a grooving “vocal-percussion” section.

Rosen’s meditative composition, “Slowdance”, is a minimalist, Zen-like piece that unfolds timelessly, blending bass clarinet, alto flute, bass flute, doubled piano, and wordless vocals in a dark dreamy mix. “Rhythm”, a free- bop ramble, awakens us from our dreamy state with its euphoric swing – the pure joy of voice and piano spontaneously summoning the bebop spirits...in all keys and non-keys!

“Christmas Carol”, another surprise, is hauntingly beautiful with its dark brooding mystique, sleigh bells notwithstanding. “Lady Jaguar” has the dancing movement of a contemporary classical duet. And “Goin’ Down” rocks us into an ever-descending blues line before fluttering away in a light waltz...

The set ends with a gorgeous heartfelt rendition of the sublime standard, “For All We Know”. The lyric sums it up for these artists, who play with true spontaneity, knowing the depth and dearness of the moment.

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American Waltz

3play+

Sterling guest turns by jazz masters George Garzone and Mick Goodrick, joining 3play+ bandmates Phil Grenadier, tpt; Josh Rosen, pno; Lello Molinari, bs; Marcello Pellitteri, dms. "blends the joy of group interplay with melodic adventure"- Hartford Courant

"sets new limits for contemporary jazz" - Jazz Times

"a top pick for 2009!" - JazzReview.com

"the group blends many diverse elements into a fascinating sound...eloquent piano lines...highly expressive bass...rampaging trumpet...a "funky reggae" interlude with Goodrick's lines darting around...a "sneaky-snaky" rhythm and a tenor sax solo from guest George Garzone that is both sly and fiery...Some listeners may wonder how to categorize this recording; file under "good music." - Richard Kamins, Hartford Courant

“American Waltz” features sterling guest turns by jazz masters George Garzone and Mick Goodrick. Garzone’s blazing tenor saxophone cuts through “Buttah”, Rosen’s twisted reworking of a Sonny Rollins classic. George also joins the fray on “Be A Battery”, a wild free-improv romp off of a rollicking high-energy melody, inspired by beat poet Ann Waldman’s poem, “Battery”.

Goodrick’s sweet and fragile guitar lines fill the spaces on the title track, “American Waltz”, an ode to folk-rock jams. Later, Mick unleashes the weirdness on “Bulletrain”, an extended space-jam, which morphs into a slow serpentine funk tune. Startling solos, fat grooves, and uncharted territory.

“American Waltz”, the debut CD of this Boston-based quartet, bears the fruit of countless hours of group explorations. Indeed, the roots of 3play+ took hold in a casual neighborhood jam session – the connection was exhilarating and it became the jam that wouldn’t stop. Through these sessions, a band grew organically, without anyone quite realizing it...

Counterpart to the improvisations are the singular genre-bending compositions of co-leader Josh Rosen. Rosen uses his unique compositional style to tell musical stories and boldly mixes and mashes his wide range of influences.

Co-lead by Rosen and bassist Molinari, 3play added the plus-sign with guest performances by jazz legends Garzone and Goodrick, trumpeter Greg Hopkins, guitarist Jon Damian, and saxophonists Alan Chase and Russ Gershon. 3play+ also has engaged some of Boston and New York’s most cutting-edge rising stars such as Jeremy Udden, Dino Govoni, Curt Newton, Adam Sturtevant, and Dave Fox.

Ultimately, the band found its soul mates in Phil Grenadier and Marcello Pellitteri.

Grenadier’s unique sound and approach make a perfect match. His “luminous free-flowing constructs” emanate from a concept based on listening and taking chances, never falling into predictable licks, always searching and vulnerable. 3play+ is all about the group and Phil is a soloist who never leaves the band behind, who loves the interplay and collective improvisations.

Originally from San Francisco, Grenadier is an internationally renowned artist who has worked with countless great musicians including John Scofield (2007-8 World Tour), Kenny Barron, Anthony Braxton, Jaco Pastorius, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Steve Swallow, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Billy Hart, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Esperanza Spalding, Dionne Warwick, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Carlos Santana, and James Brown. He has two acclaimed CDs as a leader (Fresh Sound New Talent) and has performed on over 50 recordings as a sideman.

A versatile, in-demand virtuoso, Marcello Pellitteri is an amazing improviser, with remarkable ears and instantaneous response. He’s the broiling underside of 3play+, driving the rhythm, keenly aware, listening, in the moment, and perfectly responsive to the shifting soundscapes of the band.

Pellitteri has performed with John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Kenny Barron, Joe Henderson, Jon Hendricks, The Gipsy Kings, New York Voices, Woody Shaw, Paquito D'Rivera and Wynton Marsalis. His credits include over 50 recordings with Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Eddie Gomez, Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, Mulgrew Miller, and Miroslav Vitous. He has appeared with world-class orchestras and on numerous television shows.

Bassist Lello Molinari, noted for his “ferocious, metronomic intensity” and adventurous spirit, has a startling “role-reversal” approach to his instrument: yes, the bass is the bass, but it can also be the melody! Refusing to be a mere timekeeper, Molinari expands the possibilities for his instrument and for the band, especially through his melodic interplay.

Molinari has produced three exceptional CDs as a leader (Accurate Records, Splash) featuring such artists as Frank Carlberg, Bob Gullotti, and Chiara Civello, in addition to Garzone and Goodrick. He has performed with The Either/Orchestra, Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Diorio, Victor Lewis, Dominique Eade, Greg Burk, Rick DiMuzio, Garrison Fewell, and Lisa Thorson.

Pianist and composer Josh Rosen “evokes a refreshingly relaxed openness…yet burns with the best.” (Performer Magazine). His daring grasp of a wide spectrum of expression fuels this band. His compositions are open, burning, folky, funky, hard, easy, dissonant, triadic.

Rosen has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Bob Moses, Dennis Irwin, Mike Formanek, John Lockwood, Steve Slagle, Bennie Wallace, Mae Arnette, Bruno Raberg, George Schuller, Mulatu Astake, Alemayehu Eshete, Mahmoud Ahmed, and Ben Wittman, among others. In 2008, he participated on the release of Mindia Devi Klein’s Indonesian-Jazz project, Folk icon Dean Stevens latest release, a new recording with Ethiopian master musician Mulatu Astake, and a duet recording project with multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Stan Strickland. In addition, Rosen joined three new projects: Dave Fox’s Adventures in Sound, featuring wildman guitarist Dave Tronzo; Bangalore, a Raga-Groove Band, and The Infinite Ensemble. Last summer’s tour with Ethiopiques and The Either/Orchestra, included performances at Ireland’s Festival of World Cultures and New York City’s Lincoln Center Outdoors.

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Rosen and Voigt: The Music of Paul Motian

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