The Miss by Brian Landrus
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About the Album
"The Miss" is the third track from multi-reedist/composer Brian Landrus’ intimate new album "For Now," out May 15, 2020 via BlueLand Records. The album, Landrus’ 10th as a leader, features a remarkable quartet: pianist Fred Hersch bassist Drew Gress and drummer Billy Hart. Rounding out the musical equation are the brilliant young players Michael Rodriguez (trumpet) and Sara Caswell (violin), plus inventive and elegant string quartet arrangements by Landrus and the distinguished opera composer Robert Aldridge featuring Caswell and Joyce Hamman (violin), Lois Martin (viola) and Jody Redhage-Ferber (cello). The album is produced by Aldridge and composer/writer Herschel Garfein, both Grammy winners. "For Now" explores heartbreak, longing and romance and does so with quiet conviction and passionate declaration. Landrus, whose groundbreaking 2017 large-ensemble album "Generations" “takes the jazz big band tradition into the mesosphere” (Giovanni Russonello, New York Times), is “a composer of great strength and substance,” (All About Jazz). This album features ten Landrus compositions, plus "Invitation," "‘Round Midnight," and a milestone Landrus/Hersch performance of "Ruby My Dear." “As I was writing 'For Now,' I could feel it coming from a very deep place, directly from some truly difficult and some unforgettably beautiful life experiences,” Landrus says. “I felt, at every moment, ‘I need to do this.’”
The Signs; Clarity in Time; The Miss; JJ; For Now; ‘Round Midnight; Invitation; For Whom I Imagined; The Night of Change; The Second Time; Her Smile; The Wait; Ruby, My Dear.
October 5, 2020
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