JESSICA LURIE ENSEMBLE
Jessica Lurie - alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, flute, voice, megaphones
Brandon Seabrook - guitar, banjo, tape recorder
Erik Deutsch - piano, electric piano, organ
Todd Sickafoose - acoustic bass
Allison Miller - drums, percussion
Four & 1/2 stars! - Downbeatr Magazine , May 2012
“Jessica Lurie is considered one of the most exciting interpreters of music today, pushing stylistic barriers not simply to ramble from one genre to another, but to construct new musical landscapes, to daydream with an extreme sense of purpose.” (Giuseppe Segala, All About Jazz Italy)
NYC-based instrumentalist Jessica Lurie performs on saxophones, flute and voice. Moving to the east coast from Seattle several years ago and now touring around the globe, she is well known for her creative mixing of funk, jazz, balkan and klezmer music with an avant-garde approach.
With MEGAPHONE HEART, her newest recording, composer and multi-instrumentalist JESSICA LURIE and her Ensemble are poised between creative jazz, rock, folk and avant-garde music, generating a luscious and compelling sea of sound. An adventurous musical spirit shines through ten original compositions, with Lurie’s unmistakable big sound on tenor and alto saxes, flute, and her distinctive voice. Inspired by life in Brooklyn, traveling the world, and her love of American and international melodies and rhythms, this is her strongest collection of songs yet. With skill and discipline borne from her-life long dedication to music composition and improvisation, Lurie creates a pulsing, brimming, expansive sound. Joined by an ensemble of stellar musicians, she barrels across uncharted territories where jazz, folk, chaos and beauty all come out to play.
The JLE has been featured at festival worldwide such as: NYC Winter Jazz Fest Kickoff 2012, Jamcruise ’12, Vienna Klezmore Festival 2010-11, SXSW, Zagreb Animateka, Pisa Instabile, Motovun Film Fest., Babel Arts, Earwing No Jazz, JVC Jazz Festival, CMJ, High Sierra Music Festival, Canadian Music Fest., Bumbershoot International Music Festival, Earshot Jazz, and Jazzmiele. Her music has been reviewed and acclaimed in All About Jazz (NY and Italy), Jazziz, Jazz Times, Downbeat, Chicago Jazz Magazine, The New Yorker, Jambase and the International Review of Music. She and her groups Living Daylights and The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet are featured in the new jazz documentary Icons Among Us (2009).
Jessica has performed and recorded with artists such as Bill Frisell, The Indigo Girls, Mark Ribot, Karl Denson, Frank London, Vinicio Caposella, Skerik, Nels Cline, Tony Hall, Kenny Wolleson, New Master Sounds, Bernie Worrell and Ivan Neville, and created numerous multi-media works internationally for live music + painting and video with visual artist Danijel Zezelj. In addition to her own group and freelancing, Jessica keeps busy performing and composer for the Tiptons Saxophone Quartet, Living Daylights trio, Ayn Sof Bigger Band, The Romeo Studs with Yoshie Fruchter and La Buya, a latin-funk project.
• "... cinematic jazz and gypsy inflection... impressive.” Kurt Gottschalk. All About Jazz NYC
• “…The ensemble shifts among funk, jazz, folk and ethnic melodies reminiscent of Klezmer-jazz and Balkan-jazz hybrids by artists like Steve Bernstein (and) the winding, angular grooves of Tim Berne." JAZZIZ
• “... her melodies and saxophone solos unfurl in skirling arcs, wending within the ensemble sound rather than floating atop it, like a silk ribbon being pulled along the bed of a quickly moving stream. “ Phil Freeman, JAZZIZ
• "While she is not afraid to get her hair in a tangle, this bandleader puts the accent on melody and the remote-control imperative that drives the tapping of your helpless toe.” Greg Burk, LA Weekly