With his eclectic writing style and highly developed approach to the guitar, Los Angeles native Brent Canter comes to the modern jazz scene with a sense of purpose. On Urgency of Now, his Posi-Tone Records debut, Canter presents a program of original music which draws on jazz, indie rock and pop while seeking to redefine the sound of the organ trio format for a new generation of listeners. At twenty five years old Canter creates music that is at once accessible and always pushing the boundaries of this classic group format.
As a New York City transplant Canter has developed his sound with his working trio featuring organist Adam Klipple and drummer Jordan Perlson. Urgency of Now sees Canter’s trio joined by acclaimed saxophonist Seamus Blake and features Pat Bianchi, another of today’s most notable organists. The recording consists entirely of the original material which Canter has developed through his many performances in New York City venues including Smalls, 55 Bar, Nublu and Iridium and which earned him the 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award.
While some performers express a modern sensibility through arrangements or covers, Canter communicates by synthesizing his influences into his original works. From Mehldau and Metheny to Radiohead and Stone Temple Pilots, Canter draws from the artists he loves to create a sound which is uniquely his own. The results are songs with memorable melodies played with passion and great skill. Urgency of Now captures the high energy performances which are the group’s signature and which have set Canter’s group apart as a must see live act. Most recently New York’s Encore Magazine has described Canter’s music as ‘on the cutting edge’ and the Hollywood Weekly describes his songs as ‘a new vocabulary for jazz’ and as ‘the new jazz standards for his generation’.