Date(s) - 10/27/2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Location: Joe Henderson Lab
- Ralph Alessi – trumpet
- Jon Irabagon – saxophone
- Andy Milne – piano
- Drew Gress – bass
- Mark Ferber – drums
Born in San Francisco to a classical trumpeter father and opera singing mother, Alessi cut his teeth in the classical realm, performing as a freelancer with the San Francisco Symphony at the same time he was working with his Cal Arts professor and bass legend Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. Now a celebrated performer, composer and bandleader on the New York scene, Alessi has led 11 albums and performed extensively with saxophonist Steve Coleman and maverick pianist Uri Caine.
Named for Alessi’s 2007 album This Against That, a recording that made JazzTimes magazine’s Top 10 for the year, the quintet features an impressive cast of New York’s most exploratory musicians including veteran bassist Drew Gress, pianist and M-BASE collective stalwart Andy Milne, and virtuoso drummer Mark Ferber. Made up of nine Alessi originals, Imaginary Friends marks the band’s ECM debut, a cinematic voyage blending evocative soundscaping with knife-edge interplay.
Alessi has “drop-dead trumpet chops and his music is as clean and airy and sophisticated and disciplined as post-modern progressive jazz gets.
Alessi’s tone conveys a rounded luminescence, like the moon in full phase.
– THE NEW YORK TIMES