Josh Berman and His Gang - There Now

Josh Berman – cornet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Keefe Jackson – tenor saxophone
Guillermo Gregorio – clarinet
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Joshua Abrams – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

“Mr. Berman, a cornetist in his late 30s, is kind of a scholar…, but not by the letter; he’s an intuitive one, making collages or loose sketches out of history, connecting sounds from different eras and letting them bleed together.”
Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

“For the past five years, Chicago-based cornetist Josh Berman has dug deeply into his city’s early jazz traditions to craft an inventive take on the 1920s repertoire of the Austin High Gang, particularly Eddie Condon, Bud Freeman and Dave Tough. Berman never treats these songs as museum pieces, but as jumping-off points for a new and often uproarious take on the notion of collective improvisation.”
Aaron Cohen, DownBeat

“The music here combines haunting phrases and gestures of early, pre-bebop jazz with bracing, avant-garde experimentation. Yet the results sound thoroughly organic, Berman and friends intertwining the two idioms more than merely juxtaposing them. The early-period passages, in other words, bristle with contemporary dissonance; the more provocative moments carry echoes of much earlier rhythmic ideas.”
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

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