Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist Jason Yarde writes music that has been described as powerful, spiritual, evocative, rhapsodic, hair- raising and formidable. He composes across various styles (progressive jazz, classical, hip-hop, fusion, free improvisation, broken beats, R&B, reggae, soul, song writing) and for a variety of media (orchestras, chamber ensembles, big band, dance, film, electro-acoustic and midi) and his potential and originality is such that he was nominated for the Bird Award at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival and for the Jazz on 3 Innovation Award for the 2005 and 2006 BBC Jazz Awards. In 2006 Jason participated in the LSO’s Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme and has since progressed to be a LSO, UBS Sound Adventures Artist. Most recently his Proms compositional debut ‘Rhythm and Other Fascinations’ won the inaugural BASCA award for ‘Contemporary Jazz Composition’ in 2010....
Awards:Civitella Ranieri Fellow 2008 BASCA Contemporary Jazz Composition 2010
On MY DUO: the partnership between Yarde and McCormack is so unmistakably fuelled by the reflexive spirit of jazz…It's a wonderful jazz conversation...Yarde has rarely played better on record, his solos here suggesting that while he's now feted primarily as a composer, his sax improvising has quietly blossomed to world class... (The Guardian)
“…both players seriously assert themselves as composers and the contrast in styles is pleasingly marked…The net result is an album of very mature performances and tight narrative focus that presents jazz composition and improvisation as infinitely fluid entities…” (Jazzwise)
On TRIO !WAH!: ‘The group modulates easily from spacious post-bop to dirty grooves via Ornetts- ish noise, showing a creative approach to form...’ (Jazzwise)
On the premiere of Random Wishes & Abstract Dreams: Jason Yarde's festival commission for the 10-piece Acoutastic Bombastic ... was full of Yarde's remarkable facility for cross-rhythmic patterns, contained powerful melodic strands and a surprisingly classical-romantic lyricism to match his urban-groove edginess...’ (The Guardian)
‘...the scale of Yarde’s achievement is...obvious. His compositions range over varied terrain, from cataclysmic pile- ups to moments of hushed intimacy; he directs almost imperceptibly, teasing out the melody or chord that will lead to the next section, and allowing his musicians space to stretch out...no ordinary band and no ordinary leader...’ (Jazzwise)
MY Duo (JoY aNd EaRs, 2009)
Tracks: Obsessive; How Long Will You Hold Me; Tune For Toru; Something’s Coming; Coda; Shisha; Tunnel Vision; No Time Can Tell; Lullaby; Breezabeth; Float Away; Thank U4 2Day; I Miss The Sun.
Personnel: Andrew McCormack: Piano; Jason Yarde: Saxophones.
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