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Distance

by Brian Patneaude Quartet

An organic blend of jazz styles, featuring accessible melodies and harmonic textures that will appeal to both the casual listener and jazz aficionado alike.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Change
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2. Release
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3. Inspiration
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4. Alone
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5. Red
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6. Distance
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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" ... lyrical, melodic, musical, & tasteful. Every note has its meaning. Distance makes a statement - a beautiful one."
   - Jeff Waggoner - contributing writer, Jazz Times

"Distance continues on in the pattern established by Patneaude's debut, seamlessly incorporating world rhythms and textures, tasteful shadings of free-jazz inspired oddity, and smoky slow groove, all of which are threaded together by Patneaude's unfailingly lyrical and melodic tenor."
   - Metroland, Albany, NY

"Distance is a solid winner from start to finish."
   - Greg Haymes, Times Union, Albany, NY

"The group is extremely tight and its music is like nothing else. Sounding at various turns exuberant, soaring, grooving, or longing, it leaves you in suspense from one track to the next about what is going to happen. Even within a track, the music is never predictable, and many times the band's total sound can sweep you away."
   - AllAboutJazz.com

"Distance has muscular, straight-ahead blowing, some lyrical ballads - "Alone" may be Patneaude's most evocative slow melody ever - and some change of pace surprises."
   - Michael Hochanadel, The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, NY

"... deceptively accessible, flavored with rhythm and melody that's fun and funky and sure to lift your spirits. Distance stays with you."
   - B.A. Nilsson, Metroland, Albany, NY

"[Distance is] an outstanding CD, absolutley no question, one of the 5 best I've heard this year."
   - Albert Khalis Pride, Jazz Exodus (5/5 stars)

"The musicians are in total control of their instruments on brilliantly composed, eclectic music - a blend which gives the listener further reason to celebrate the music of Distance. Patneaude, as a composer and tenor player, glistens with great potential and the group's strong presence compliments his efforts 100%."
   - Rob Young, Abstract Grooves

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Formed in 2002, The Brian Patneaude Quartet has quickly become one of the most well-known jazz acts in upstate New York. The group was named "Best Jazz" by Metroland magazine in 2003 & 2004 and has performed at countless venues throughout the Northeast, including a weekly Sunday night residency at Albany's most respected jazz venue - Justin's. The quartet's critically acclaimed 2003 debut recording Variations (WEPA Records) featured a flowing, straight ahead jazz sound with subtle hints of fusion and 20th century classical music.

Now in 2005, the group has unveiled it's highly anticipated second WEPA Records release. Distance is an organic blend of jazz styles, featuring accessible melodies and harmonic textures that will appeal to both the casual listener and jazz aficionado alike. The quartet continues to develop it's unique signature sound while employing new experimental textures, adding a fresh dimension to the sonic quality of their sophomore album.

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BRIAN PATNEAUDE (tenor saxophone)
Named "Best Jazz" by Metroland magazine in 2003 and 2004, Brian Patneaude is easily one of the busiest musicians of New York's 'Capital District'. In addition to leading his own Quartet (with two critically acclaimed releases to their credit) the saxophonist also maintains an active performance schedule with salsa/merengue favorites Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra, the DJ + live instruments project Nouveau Chill, and the award winning Empire Jazz Orchestra. While not performing, Patneaude maintains www.albanyjazz.com, an online guide to the region's jazz community.

GEORGE MUSCAETELLO (guitar)
The seeds of the quartet were planted back in 1995 when Brian was first introduced to guitarist George Muscatello. Muscatello had just returned to the area after studying at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City. While at Manhattan the guitarist honed his skills with Wayne Krantz and Rodney Jones while immersing himself in the music of modern classical composers such as Bela Bartok and Leo Brouwer. The guitarist has since become quite well known throughout the Capital District for his weekly jazz series at Savannah's (which ran every Monday night for three years) and the Lionheart Cafe (every Tuesday night for four years before that) in addition to performances with such heavy hitters such as Nick Brignola, Chuck D'Aloia, and Dave Calarco. George brings a unique sound and compositional approach to the quartet with his many musical influences ranging from free jazz to contemporary classical.

DANNY WHELCHEL (drums)
Drummer Danny Whelchel spent the majority of his life in Lafayette, Louisiana before moving to upstate New York in the fall of 1997. Since that time he has performed with a slew of the area's top talent including Ray Alexander, Adrian Cohen, Soul Session, Carl Landa, Amy Abdou, Jeff Gonzales, Bob Warren, Michael Jerling, Jocamo, Pangaea, Out Of Control, and the Refrigerators. Danny is currently dance accompanist with the Ellen Sinopoli Company and the Emma Wilard School.

RYAN LUKAS (acoustic bass)
Originally from Rochester, NY, bassist Ryan Lukas studied at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY before relocating to New York's Capital District. In addition to the quartet, the in-demand acoustic & electric bassist performs regularly with the Latin groups Sensemaya and Mundo Nuevo, blue band Burbon Renewal w/George Fletcher, the Joey Thomas Big Band, jazz vocalist Laurel Masse, keyboardist Rob Lindquist, hip hop combo Fund the Mentals, and Tom Burre's Boneoil. Ryan also co-leads Family Tree with drummer Steve Candlen.


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Rob Young

Brian Patneaude as a composer and tenor horn player glistens with great potentia
As music lovers it seems as though “we” never seem get enough “stuff” to quench or satisfy “our” undeserving souls. When I first saw the title “Distance” by the Brian Patneaude Quartet it prompted me to think about the time expenditures “we” delve into and hopefully stumble onto new and gratifying music. Yes, “we” as music junkies go the “Distance” and sometimes far exceed reasonable measures to satisfy our tastes. However, with that said, the time and effort to hunt down and discover new insightful and inspiring artists like Brian Patneaude Quartet is well worth the price of one to travel and enjoy the pleasantries and endure the pains of going the “Distance”.
Read the complete review at the above mentioned link.

Tim

Consolidating the advances the band has made.
Saxophonist Brian Patneaude's second album pick up where his 2003 disc Distance left off, mixing straight - ahead jazz with fusion and now adding touches of electronica to the mix. Joining him on this disc are George Muscatello on guitar, Ryan Lucas on bass, and Danny Welchel on drums. Dave Payette sits in on Fender Rhode electric piano on a few tracks.

"Change" establishes a mid-tempo groove with drums and guitar when the saxophone enters. The guitar keeps a slinky groove before the final saxophone solo which uses some interesting delay electronics to alter the sound. "Release" starts as a ballad with calming saxophone but as the drums and piano enter, the music develops a faster pace. This atmospheric song also features a Pat Metheny like acoustic guitar interlude. "Inspiration" is a nicely moody track with a mellow guitar solo and some shimmering electric piano.

"Alone" slows this down even further as this ballad opens noir-ish with a late night sound somewhat reminiscent of the ballads that appeared on Kurt Rosenwinkel's The Next Step CD. "Red" picks up the pace with a rapid drum groove and up-tempo saxophone. There's a fleet guitar solo with again a Pat Metheny influenced liquid flowing sound. What makes this track stand out is Patneaude's use of electronic processing of the saxophone on his solo, somewhat reminiscent of the electric saxophone experiments of Eddie Harris and Sonny Stitt. The nasal sound comes as a bit of a shock at first, but it really works well and gives the song a very adventurous feel.

The title track “Distance” starts at a mid-tempo with a nice electric piano break, and the disc ends ironically enough with “Unending” textural guitar backs a slow building saxophone solo which is lengthy and strong. Just when you think the song is going to wind up, is shifts gears with a strumming guitar and electronically processed saxophone. It’s a great way to end the disc, consolidating the advances the band has made over the past couple of years.

MC

Solid, groundbreaking, funky record from a talented jazz musician.
A groundbreaking new record from a talented jazz musician. This disc is solid and should be checked out by jazz fans as well as those into drum and bass, house, trip hop and downtempo music.

Bill Shakes

Fantastic cool jazz....
An outstanding CD--melodic cool school jazz, but not vapid smooth easy listening. This is a disc with real compositional substance, improvisational depth, and genuine class. The heads are memorable and the electronic colorings tasteful and smart.

Jason S.

A winner in every respect!
This second offering by the BPQ is a winner in every respect. The disc is melodic; you will find yourself recalling parts of the disc later in your day. In some selections, you can "hear" words where there aren't. This shows obvious inspiration, continuing even to the names of the tracks, which one finds aptly named after listening. Brian has definitely tried to tell a story here, and I can certainly hear it.

Addition of the fender rhodes, subtle (and some not-so-subtle) electronic alterations of the saxophone voice, and interesting changes within some tracks make for comfortable, yet surprising experiences. Solos stay within the ideals of their tracks, but express the individuality of each player. Having known Brian for well over 15 years, and I can tell that it is him and his unique blend of individualism and tribute to the masters. The others provide even-level conversations rather than simply backup, which is so refreshing. This group is so tight and professional, it's hard to believe that you're listening to only their second album.

JV

A must for anyone who loves great tunes and great playing!
Distance has a great earthy vibe to it. It is both accessible and challenging. Highly recommended for anyone who loves melodic, lyrical tunes and a great group sound.

Dr. Robert S. Morrissey, Dean Emeritus of Graduate Studies and

The very best jazz for our present era and the future
After a lifetime as a jazz aficionado, I am pleased to rediscover outstanding new jazz music and musicians of stellar quality comparable and, arguably, sometimes even better than many of the old timers. Brian Patneaude, as a remarkable world class saxophone player and composer, and his Quartet are supra prime examples of the very best jazz for our present era and the future. For if you have not CD experienced the Brian Patneaude Quartet - Distance, then your jazz musical education, like mine was, needs a refresher course on great hot jazz which is hugely real cool! Such apt description may be trite or corny in today's jargon, but it is true. If you like uniquely original jazz music and improvisation as well as a range of compositions played so expertly that you inwardly feel the musical moods (e.g. title song Distance or Alone), this should be your next new jazz CD. And, while you are are at it, I also recommend strongly that you buy the earlier CD of the Brian Patneaude Quartet - Variations. For me, it was my introductory refresher course ( Hot/Cool New Jazz Music 101) -- and led on to my continuing jazz reeducation) --- and wow, what a wonderful musical jazz trip it has been -- with both tremendous VARIATIONS and DISTANCE!!!