All About Jazz

Home » Music » Track of the Day


Resist the Middle by Gordon Grdina

From the album

Album Title: Resist
Irabbagast Records
Released: 2020


Sign in to view listen count

About the Album

"Resist The Middle" is the fourth track from guitarist/oudist/composer Gordon Grdina's new septet album "Resist," slated for release April 10, 2020 via Irabagast Records. Out not long after his trio album Nomad (January 10, 2020, Skirl Records), an explosive date with pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Jim Black, Resist reveals a very different side of Grdina’s expansive musical personality with the addition of the versatile multi-reedist Jon Irabagon on tenor and sopranino saxophones. The Gordon Grdina Septet fuses the bandleader’s East Van Strings, with cellist Peggy Lee, violinist Jesse Zubot and violist Eyvind Kang; with Grdina’s triomates, bassist Tommy Babin and drummer Kenton Loewen. Separately, both of these ensembles boast more than a decade of experience together, bringing a deep understanding of Grdina’s intricate vocabulary. Joining forces for the first time, they offer an astounding palette for Grdina’s compositions, which veer from the lush and intimate to the violently abstract. Irabagon, of course, contributes the boundless with and inventiveness that he’s become known for through his own eclectic projects as well as bands such as the Dave Douglas Quintet and Mostly Other People Do the Killing. With a life beyond a single concert in mind for his new piece, Grdina composed “Resist” with a modular vision, thinking of it as a suite of self-contained sections that could be taken on their own as vehicles for improvisation. “The Middle” isolates the minimalist abstraction of the suite’s center section, in this version becoming even more ferocious and tense in its scraping strings and knotty sopranino.

Track Listing

Resist; Seeds; Varscona; Resist the Middle; Ever Onward.


Additional Personnel

Gordon Grdina: oud; Jon Irabagon: sopranino sax.

Date featured

October 9, 2020

This track appears by permission of the contributing artist and/or record company.
It is for personal use only; no other rights are granted or implied.


Shop Amazon

Free Tracks

Time Traveler
Nnenna Freelon
Francois Bourassa
Dan Pitt
Take Ten
Brent Jensen


Dolphin Dance
Christopher Burnett
You Gotta B Fly
Tony Adamo
The Magic of 3
Alex Louloudis
All in My Hands
Angelo Mastronardi
Shannon Barnett
Sarah Jerrom

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.