CD release show for “Headlands,” Russ Johnson’s new recording on Woolgathering Records.
$13 Door Charge Includes Late Night Session
Russ Johnson – trumpet/compositions Rob Clearfield – keyboard Matt Ulery – bass Jon Deitemyer – drums
Trumpeter and Composer, Russ Johnson, explores new musical territory with his 4th album as a leader, “Headlands,” on Woolgathering Records October 16th, 2018.
Trumpeter and Composer Russ Johnson was commissioned to premiere a new band and set of compositions for the 2015 Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago: the result is “Headlands,” a 12 movement Suite he composed for a collection of Chicago’s finest musicians, including Rob Clearfield on keyboards, Matt Uleryon bass, and Jon Deitemyer on drums.
Headlands is a through composed work that is intended to be listened to in its entirety. The Suite consists of six compositions connected by solo improvised passages by each member of the ensemble. A short theme serves as bookends to the proceedings. The music is designed to be structurally open/elastic to allow for (maximum) flexibility in live performance while still maintaining a strict overall from to give the work coherence. The Headlands Suite is music that traverses the areas between modern jazz and the avant-garde. The music covers a wide range of compositional and improvisational styles. (Lyrical-spacious-dense, contrast of simple and complex, beauty-tuneful…DYNAMIC – extremely soft to very loud, underlying rock feels).