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This is Jazz NOIR

by Jesse Selengut and NOIR

Fusion is such a dated, icky word and doesn't account for genres such as crack-reggae, hip-hop, electro, acid, reggaeton, salsa, etc... So spin all this stuff together, let it inside whilst living in the center of New York Gravity.
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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1. Key Laser
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2. Trusted Twitch
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3. Doppelgänger
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4. Follow
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5. Roses
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6. Underpass
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7. Deadpan
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8. The Armeer Story
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Jesse Selengut and NOIR define and codify a new genre with their first album "This is Jazz Noir." Fusion is such a dated, icky word and doesn't account for genres such as crack-reggae, hip-hop, electro, acid, reggaeton, salsa, etc... So spin all this stuff together, let it inside whilst living in the center of New York Gravity, and the urban confetti of jazz noir is the result.

NOIR has been through several incarnations over the last four or five years, putting together the right pieces in the right way. Highlights along the way included opening up for such terrific bands such as Chris Potter, Dave Douglas, George Garzone, and Joe Lovano and being the host band for the Williamsburg Jazz Festival for three years straight.

NOIR currently holds court every Sunday at the Surf Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It's a small room but for some reason everybody digs it when NOIR tears it up.

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Band members:
Jesse Selengut - Trumpet, Compositions, Fx
Daniel Kelly - Keys, Samplers, Fx (Composer of Doppelgänger)
Kyle Struve - Drums
Gavin Fallow - Electric and Acoustic Bass
Donny McCaslin - Tenor Sax (on tracks 4 and 8)


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Dadie Perlov

Smart, sophisticated, original, gutsy jazz.....great listening!
If this CD was a person.....he/she would be smart, sophisticated, sassy, funny, gutsy, someone I'd want to know... and one of a kind! To hear jazz that is so much of the genre.... yet so today... is a rare treat. Thanks for hightlighting it.

John Fifield

If you’re looking for a jazz release filled with re-hashed interpretations of standards that ought to have been retired decades ago, this is not that album. Take a moment and thank whatever God you pray to for that. From the very first bars to the very last of this all original set, "This is Jazz Noir" is a refreshingly unique combination of strong, darkly evocative compositions and arrangements, superb playing, and just the right mix of intelligence, emotion and pure (dare I say sexual?) groove. The group, led by NYC-based trumpeter, Jesse Selengut, features Donny McCaslin on tenor for several cuts, Daniel Kelly on keys and samplers, Kyle Struve on drums, and Gavin Fallow on bass throughout. The group displays a truly deft sense of dynamic interplay that ranges from subtle and tasteful to in-yo-face bombast – sometimes within the same tune (check out the opening track "Key Laser") – and handles the most complex harmonic, melodic and rhythmic aspects of the music in such a way that the listener is never left standing back on the curb (check out "Follow" and "Trusted Twitch"). Quite the contrary. What makes "This is Jazz Noir" such a gem is that everyone is invited along for the ride. Enough blithering. Hop in and buckle up. . .

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Without pausing, without hesitation, you could easily call this the epitome and perfection of jazz noir and never look back. Made only more delicious by threads of trip hop, spy-movie-meets-lounge riffs (hot shot guy with fro being chased in his polyester leisure suit down a back alley by cigar smoking, greasy cops with aviator sunglasses), buoyed by funky keyboards and "take that!" bass lines, psychedlic-loving acid jazz and hell, even upright rock grooves, Jesse Selengut and NOIR are bringing sauce and spunk, cleverness and sassy 'tude together with such success that now Herbie Hancock fans can party with Kurt Rosenwinkel and possibly even Yellowjackets fans- possibly. Put simply, if you like your jazz strange, "free," funky and skewed to the side, this is a dream come true.