Brian Patneaude | Riverview (feat. Mike Moreno, Jesse Chandler & Danny Whelchel)

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Riverview (feat. Mike Moreno, Jesse Chandler & Danny Whelchel)

by Brian Patneaude

Saxophonist's fourth release features guitarist Mike Moreno, organist Jesse Chandler and drummer Danny Whelchel performing a collection of original compositions and songs by Don Grolnick and Billy Strayhorn.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Riverview
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2. By Reason of the Soil
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3. Jolo
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4. The Cost of Living
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5. Release
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6. Drop
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7. Chelsea Bridge
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8. Life As We Know It
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Repeatedly cited as "Best Jazz" by Metroland magazine, Brian Patneaude is one of the busiest musicians in New York's Capital District, maintaining an active performance schedule with salsa/merengue favorites Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, the award winning Empire Jazz Orchestra and the seventeen piece juggernaut Big Soul Ensemble. He has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kingston International Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival and countless clubs and concert halls throughout the Northeast.

After earning a bachelor's degree in music education from the College of St. Rose and a full tuition scholarship trip to Cincinnati College-Conservatory Of Music for graduate studies in performance, Patneaude took a detour from the traditional path: rather than pack his bags for New York City, he returned to his hometown. The result was fertile ground, ripe with undiscovered talent on which to cultivate the development of Albany mainstay, the Brian Patneaude Quartet (now in its seventh year of a weekly residency at Justin’s Jazz Club.)

Riverview is a collection of six original compositions as well as arrangements of Don Grolnick's "The Cost of Living" (originally recorded by saxophonist Michael Brecker) and Billy Strayhorn's classic "Chelsea Bridge." The album was recorded in one night, September 23, 2008, at Bender Studios in Delmar, NY and is dedicated to Patneaude's mother, whose successful battle with breast cancer was made possible in part by the staff at Riverview Cancer Care.

In addition to performing, Patneaude runs albanyjazz.com, an online guide to the region's jazz community. He spends most of his free time listening to, playing & composing music, rooting for the Boston Red Sox & Cincinnati Bengals and speaking in the third person.


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Alexander M. Stern

A New Direction - Same Standard of Excellence
Brian Panteude's latest CD takes the tenor saxophonist in a new direction soundwise, supported as he is by an organ trio featuring Texas-born guitarist Mike Moreno, Woodstock-based organist Jesse Chandler and Patneaude's regular drummer, Danny Whelchel.

In addition to three new compositions, "Riverview" features remakes of three of Patneaude's most enduring songs: "Jolo," which was originally featured on "Variations;" "Release," which appearend on "Distance;" and "Life as We Know It" from "As We Know It." Also featured on the album are two covers: "The Cost of Living" (originally recorded by the late, great Michael Brecker, one of Patneaude's primary influences) and Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge" (memorably featured on Joe Henderson's "Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn").

Patneaude thrives in the new setting, making the older songs new with fresh interpretations. Moreno and Chandler, two major talents, share the front line with Patneaude and contribute mightly to the overall success of the disc. Whelchel, who has peformed with Patneaude for years, know instinctively what Patneaude requires and provides it flawlessly.

This is a fantastic release from an artist who has been delivering the goods since his first album, yet gets better and better as the years go by.

monyouk

Pleasant contemporary jazz
inspired by the recovery of the tenor saxist bandleader's mother from cancer. Accordingly, the majority of Patneaude's six originals is permeated by a sense of relief and optimism: the set starts with the floating title track, while #3 'jolo' is a driving postbopish piece with well executed lines. #5 'release' and #6 'drop' offer some additional dynamism and, in the latter case, a groovy organ with nice basslines for the left hand; whereas the relaxed concluding song #8 'life as we know it' emanates confidence. #2 'by reason of the soil' flows in a more reflective vein with a tinge of americana and a stylish guitar-organ exchange, among other things.
Two covers have also made it to the disc, including a moody rendition of B. Strayhorn's sentimental classic #7 'chelsea bridge'. The other one is the erstwhile keyboardist Don Grolnick's bittersweat and nostalgic #4 'the cost of living' that may be familiar to some from tune #5 on Michael Brecker's self-titled debut record as a leader (1987, Impulse!). Another album of the late tenor sax giant, called "Time is of the Essence" (1999, Verve) is a particularly good example for the broad range of this not-so-common quartet instrumentation.

The bandleader lends his horn a fullsome timbre, articulates really well and is not so much into blurry licks and attention-seeking pirotechniques but rather creating appealing melodies for his improvisations. True to his expertise, Mike Moreno delivers consistently great, extended guitar elaborations in a clear tone and nicely complements, when necessary, the organ part handled by one Jesse Chandler, who provides fine accompaniment throughout but is less impressive and more restrained when it comes to soloing (#2-3, 5, 8). Danny Whelchel comes across as a sophisticated drummer driving the rhythm more on the cymbals than using the drumheads (brief, integrated solo #1, 3). Total time: 60.03 min.

Jeff Dowd

Patneaudes Riverview
Refined stylizing glides you through a poetic journey. Touches of technical brilliance at just the right moments. Showing a level of control while exploring other dimensions of mood and rhythm,.. and then, bundles of warmth infused with blissful romanticism. Each player expressing much love for this music, taking the listener on an episodic adventure. All that coupled with exceptional recording quality and musicianship. A good listen from beginning to end.

Chrisr at CD Baby


Think of your favorite jazz fusion records of the 80s and early-90s. Now imagine that they were all tastefully produced with great tones and not JUST great songs and technical prowess. Brian Patneaude’s latest stunner is such an album. He's assembled a talented quartet (tenor sax/guitar/organ/drums) that has a sophisticated, lush sound. They can veer from the relaxed or plaintive to the downright funky without ever seeming to leave their comfort zone. ‘Riverview’ is a truly fine collection of original compositions and tunes by Don Grolnick and Billy Strayhorn that have been given a modern shine.

peter insley

mellow tones, mellow times
I came across this disc by accident really. I was initially searching for work by the guitarist Mike Moreno who does perform on this session.

It is a lovely sounding disc full of mellow, chilled-out themes. In many ways, as I listen I am reminded of 'pre-Elastic Band' Joshua Redman. Which, in my opinion, is no bad thing.

All members of this quartet play ably and the session has been recorded well.

I would like to catch them live, but unless they come to the UK to play then I don't suppose I ever will!

Highly recommended to all.