Born: October 15, 1978 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Recently releasing his third CD, Cinema 57, Portland saxophonist/composer Dusty York, (Oct. 15, 1978), has been a unique voice in today's NW jazz scene with his warm, distinct sound, and uncompromising individuality. Playing all original compositions and performing frequently with his father, tenor saxophone virtuoso Michael York, Dusty York Trio has provided his own sound amongst the wealth of jazz talent that Portland has to offer. He has developed an improvising style that has departed from the conventional bebop/blues based standard, with a stronger emphasis on rhythm, unique phrasing, extended thematic and dynamic development, and at times... less notes. His working band features Justin Durrie on bass, and Russ Kleiner or Ji Tanzer on drums. In 2004 they released their debut recording June Diva, and in 2005 they released A State Of Secession Volume One, which features Michael York on tenor and spawned Dusty's record label, Diatic Records.
Soon after, Dusty began producing and releasing other Portland artist's on the label including: Gordon Lee, Farnell Newton/Marcus Reynolds Quintet, The Mel Brown Sextet, Renato Caranto, John Gross/Dave Frishberg/ Charlie Doggett, Ben Darwish Trio, Chris Mosley, Ben Macy Trio, Paxselin Quartet, Cartridge, Hunter Gatherer, Drew Shoals Collective, Matt Weiers, Andrew Oliver Sextet, Michael York, and many more to come. In an effort to keep jazz fresh and growing, the label focuses on groups that play original material/concepts. All of the groups have combined as a community to push each others music to a larger audience and create opportunities that are better obtained by a group effort. Also, the record label created Diatic Records Presents, which will begin putting together events in Fall '07 that utilize an alternate venue concept that melds visual and mutli-media art forms together to place creative jazz into a more suitable environment that is no longer reliant on restaurant/bars. This benefits every party involved and should put an end to the club/artist dynamic that has developed over the years.
...exudes understated elegance... recalls the uncluttered sound of classic Blue Note-style hard bop... This is definitely an outfit to keep on the radar screen. Stephen Latessa, allaboutjazz.com
York plays with that same fire and sense of searching that was always evident in (Sonny) Rollins' playing... a very talented composer... displays great promise. Roman St. James, Jazzreview.com
"June Diva" Diatic Records, 2004.
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