"Gypsy Schaeffer has established it's own distinctive identity - a lyrically swinging, immediately identifiable addition to the jazz scene. Freshly contemporary, it's nourished by the legacy of the music while adding it's own collective voice, seamlessly shaped by it's soloists, who know how to listen, learn, and enjoy each other." --Nat Hentoff, NEA Jazz Master and Author of "The Jazz Life," "Listen to the Stories," and "Jazz is American Music" PeaceTime Records Presents: Gypsy Schaeffer PORTAMENTAL Joel Yennior - trombone Andy Voelker - alto saxophone Chris Punis - drums Jef Charland - bass Gypsy Schaeffer's self-titled 2004 debut was hailed as 'warmly creative and eminently listenable' by Mark Keresman in JazzReview.com. Their anticipated sophomore release Portamental demonstrates further evolution of the quartet's forward-looking musical vision and innovative approach to the small group format, re-confirming them as one of today's freshest new sounds. Fronted by trombonist Joel Yennior (also a member of Boston's Either/Orchestra) and saxophonist Andy Voelker, the group is propelled by drummer Chris Punis and bassist Jef Charland. The musicians display virtuosity, sensitivity, and conviction as they take turns exploring compositions by all four group members. From the boppish opener "Under Construction" to the New Orleans parade-like "Mummer's Day," the blistering "Ponus Ridge" and the Latin-tinged "Faces in the Sand," Gypsy Schaeffer again proves itself a welcome and refreshing addition to the modern jazz scene.
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