The Jeff Presslaff Trio | Red Goddess

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Red Goddess

by The Jeff Presslaff Trio

Tuneful, yet sophisticated original pieces for jazz piano trio. Debut album by one of Canada's most compelling composer/performers and his two extraordinary young accompanists.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Summer Somewhere (One)
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2. Two Blue To Be
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3. Red Goddess
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4. Felix Major
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5. Secrets
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6. Two-Way Rays
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7. 'Nother Monkish Thing
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8. Along Came...
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9. Having Met Ms. Jones
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10. Summer Somewhere (Two)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Expat New Yorker, Jeff Presslaff, has spent ten years helping to establish Winnipeg as Canada's fastest growing jazz scene, and is celebrating the start of his second decade as a Canadian with his first album as a leader -- an all original collection for piano trio.
Audiences across the country and listeners to jazz and college radio have heard Jeff's original renderings for big band with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and his new takes on Latin jazz with Papa Mambo. He has made his mark as a trombonist as well as a composer in these ensembles, but he is also (and notably) a pianist with a sure touch, an incisive rhythmic feel and a personal style that is at once adventurous and engaging.
Though he has played professionally since age 15, and has contributed to dozens of recordings, this is the first time he has recorded in the traditional trio setting. The impetus for this turn towards intimacy is the discovery of two young musicians who have eagerly matched his enthusiasm for tight ensemble playing and free-wheeling, open-eared improvisation.
Julian Bradford is poised to become one of Canada's premier bassists. His work on this CD should lay the groundwork for an enduring reputation as an artful accompanist and a superb soloist. Julian has toured North America with Moses Mayes, and adds feel and flow to each of the many projects that have the good sense to employ him.
Scott Senior has worldwide performance experience as the percussionist for the Duhks, and is also the conguero for Papa Mambo. An avid student of the art, he has studied with the masters of Cuba and Brazil. When Jeff proposed joining his trio as a drummer, Scott jumped at the opportunity to expand his horizon, and bring his unique sensibility and enthusiasm to a new instrument and a new situation.
The result of this fortuitous confluence is a group and an album of great range, spontaneity and accessibility. Its rare combination of simple tunefulness, rhythmic sharpness and harmonic sophistication will appeal widely.


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Chris Spector

Midwest Record April 9, 2009
Absolutely right on jazz piano trio by a former New Yorker determined to make a jazz scene in Canada. Solid date that covers several modes and attitudes, anyone looking for a nice, solid mainstream date that has some rough edges will find this to be a real find. Well done.

The Borderland (UK)

The Jeff Presslaff Trio
The piano trio format has always been a very popular one throughout the history of jazz, and it has been the launchpad for many musical stars.
And I think Red Goddess by the Jeff Presslaff Trio could be the calling card for potentially a new one. The album consists of ten Presslaff compositions, falling somewhere between mid-tempo, mellow and with a hint of urban blues in there too, so ideal for late night listening or perhaps the car stereo, or perhaps the iPod for more intimate listening.
The music on this CD is certainly intimate, closely recorded and crystal clear so that you can study the playing, if inclined that way. Along with the pianist, Julian Bradford is on acoustic bass and Scott Senior on drums. The music on this album focuses on Presslaff's adulthood experiences and contains evocative titles such as: Summer Somewhere, Secrets, 2 Blue 2B, Having Met Ms Jones, Two Way Rays. Red Goddess is certainly a very listenable album and it should appeal to the piano fans.

Kyle O'Brien

Jazzscene, Portland OR
Almost guaranteed that nobody in the Northwest thinks of Winnipeg as a jazz hotbed, but that’s where pianist Presslaff has settled and made a name for himself after spending time in New York with notables like Benny Carter, Howard Levy and Bill Barron. With Julian Bradford on bass and Scott Senior on drums, he makes an interesting modern jazz disc. The compositions are often meditative, sometimes intense and occasionally thick for a trio. But Presslaff is an impressive player, using chords to lay an often darker mood, as on the title track, which features an extended solo by Bradford as Senior lays behind the beat. Senior, an accomplished conguero, brings polyrhythms to the trio, rounding out the sound and often sounding like a drummer and a percussionist rolled into one. His funky vibe on “‘Nother Monkish Thing” gives the close harmonies of the head a nice bed of beats. If this is what Winnipeg jazz is like, perhaps it’s time to venture to the cold north for a listen.



Trombonist/pianist Jeff Presslaff moved here from the States in 1997 and quickly became one of the more colourful additions to the local jazz scene. On this Trio disc, Presslaff focuses on piano compositions that span his adulthood, and relies on young bassist Julian Bradford and former Duhks percussionist Scott Senior to push and prod him into the effervescent sparks that shine from each of these tunes, which are mainly deconstructed blues outings that rely on their rhythmic hearts to maintain their structures. This won't be the easiest jazz album you'll ever listen to, but if you meet its challenge it will be satisfying, again and again.
— John Kendle, Uptown Magazine

Arthur Fogartie

Red Goddess
First rate piano work with outstanding side men.