Conan O’Brien show – 11/11/2013
I’m so excited to announce the release of my new trio Cd. It is available at CD Baby or Itunes. Enjoy!
Thanks for Listening!!!!
So excited to announce that the Jacob Szekely Trio’s first album will be available 4/25/13 on Itunes,CD Baby and wherever great music is sold!
Check out this amazing review of the Jacob Szekely trio CD (now available on itunes), written by acclaimed critic Brian Arsenault in the Latest International Review of Music:
CD Review: The Jacob Szekely Trio
By Brian Arsenault
I think that the Jacob Szekely Trio, if based in Europe, would be recording for ECM. I say that as a giant compliment because of ECM’s attention to purity of sound. No where is that more evident than in the spaces between pianist Josh Nelson’s notes on the self titled album’s closing song, “Postlude: Houston.”
ECM respects silences like no other label. Their motto after all is the “Most Beautiful Sound Next to Silence.” But this review is about Szekely and his trio and the sounds here, as well as the silences, are superb.
The cello in Szekely’s special hands is transformative, literally. At times a guitar, a bass guitar, a violin, a harp. But always, always a cello. Is there anyone else in the world who plays the instrument like this. A musician who could clearly play classical — and at times nearly does here — but is broadly considered a jazz musician.
Better to forget labels. To paraphrase Duke Ellington, there really is only good music and bad music. This is the good stuff.
What I think about Szekely and his cohorts — the aforementioned Nelson and drummer Christopher Allis — is that they are reaching, reaching for something better. They are magic together but magic in the sense of something that lifts the spirit, that touches all the emotions from melancholy to buoyancy. There are no sidemen here, there are three excellent musicians playing together.
Cerebral and soulful in combination. If you think I’m going to write at some point that this is music that’s not for everybody, I’m not. It is for everybody but you have to let it flow over you without expectations.
Perhaps play it on a Sunday morning when there’s less noise in your life and in your head, maybe while cooking breakfast or just savoring a soft morning. It is not to be hurried.
During part of my listening, the damn street cleaner went by with its loud jarring sound. I hit the pause button and if I’d had a rocket launcher I swear my town’s streets would be dirtier for a long time.
There is delicacy herein but delicacy is strength not weakness. There are also robust moments, poetic ones, enchanting ones. Music to entice deeper thoughts and feelings.
And as I said above, reaching, reaching. I’m not sure I know for what but Szekely himself says in a note in the CD jacket that he hopes “you will hear three musicians stretching themselves in new directions and hopefully finding something beautiful in the end.”
A footnote: I have no right to suggest this but I’d love to hear this trio work with a singer and I have a suggestion. Play with Little Lonely (Julie Cain). These are the two most beautiful albums I’ve heard so far this year however different they may be. The combination might be marvelous but such things almost never happen because great talents must almost always go their own way.
To read more posts, reviews and columns by Brian Arsenault click HERE.
Here are some early reviews for the JS3 album from some luminaries of the creative string world. Look for upcomming reviews in All About Jazz, Strings Magazine and The Strad:
“Cool…Jacob’s jazz voice is very intelligent and mature”
– Harry Scorzo Jazz violin Virtuoso (Bongo Logic)
“Expansive harmonic language/incredible fluiduity”
– Matt Turner-Jazz Cello Virtouso
-Antonio Lysy-Cello Soloist, professor of music UCLA
“What I think about Szekely and his cohorts — the aforementioned Nelson and drummer Christopher Allis — is that they are reaching, reaching for something better. They are magic together but magic in the sense of something that lifts the spirit, that touches all the emotions from melancholy to buoyancy. There are no sidemen here, there are three excellent musicians playing together.
Cerebral and soulful in combination. If you think I’m going to write at some point that this is music that’s not for everybody, I’m not. It is for everybody but you have to let it flow over you without expectations.”
-Brian Arsenault-International Review of Music
“a killer project! Spectacular phrasing and solos. And the compositions rock”
-Charlie Bisharat Grammy winning violinist/studio legend
“Deeply Inspiring, Fearless, imaginative… and funky”
-Peter Jacobson Grammy award winning cellist (Quetzal)
“Superb writing and musicianship”
-Paul Colleti (Internationally renowned viola virtuoso)
Szekely’s jazz improvisations deftly soar above a tightly grooving matrix of keyboards and drums. An auspicious debut.
-Mark Summer (TISQ)
I finally had a chance to listen through to your new recording without interruptions. Jacob, you’re a total badass!!
There’s so much to admire on this recording, from the fresh original compositions to the inspired improvising, to the sensitive ensemble work. This is the first recording I’ve heard that makes a convincing case for the cello as leader in a hard-hitting modern jazz setting.
-Eugene Friesen-Cello Pioneer,Grammy winner, Professor Berklee school of Music
“A fresh new voice, Jacob Szekely’s trio new album features his beautiful cello sounds in contemporary grooves and innovative sounding settings.”