Born: October 14, 1978
Born on September 14, 1978, Landrus grew up in Reno, Nevada, and discovered the saxophone at 12. An excitable kid with a wild streak, he fell in love with the horn, a passion stoked by his middle school band teacher Frank Perry, who gave him recordings by Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and Don Menza. “I just fell in love with it,” Landrus says. “I knew that’s what I’m going to do with my life. I practiced hours and hours every day, playing along with those recordings.”
His discipline quickly paid off, and before he reached high school Landrus was subbing regularly when his saxophone teacher couldn’t make his weekly jazz gig. Featuring veteran musicians working in the casino show bands, the band included the town’s top players, most of whom were three or four times his age. ...
- Mirage by Hrayr Attarian
- Mirage by Dave Wayne
- Capsule by Raul d'Gama Rose
- Capsule by Dave Wayne
- Capsule by Hrayr Attarian
- Traverse by Raul d'Gama Rose
Featuring Guitarist Nir Felder, Bassist Lonnie Plaxico, Drummer Rudy Royston, Pianist/Keyboardist Frank Carlberg and Violinist Mark Feldman
Conducted by Grammy Award-nominated Ryan Truesdell
“Landrus is someone to watch, an exciting voice on the big horn.” — Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
“****Four-stars. Baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist Brian Landrus makes the low heavy horns float on air… tonal nuance, melodic sense and instrumental command that sets him apart from his peers on the big pipes.” — Ed Enright, DownBeat
Over the past decade Brian Landrus has emerged as the most powerful new voice on the baritone saxophone with a series of critically hailed albums exploring an array of grooves, from straight-ahead swing to slinky R&B...