Repeatedly cited as “Best Jazz” by Metroland magazine, Brian Patneaude is one of the busiest musicians in New York's Capital District. In addition to leading his own quartet, the saxophonist maintains an active performance schedule with the award winning Empire Jazz Orchestra, the seventeen piece juggernaut Big Soul Ensemble and drummer Michael Benedict's hard-bop quintet Bopitude. He has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kingston International Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival and countless clubs and concert halls throughout the Northeast including an eight and a half year weekly residency at Albany's premiere jazz club - Justin's. Over the years he has performed with saxophonists Jimmy Heath, Lee Konitz & David Fathead Newman, trombonists Curtis Fuller, Slide Hampton & Wycliffe Gordon, trumpeters Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff & Byron Stripling, guitarist Mike Moreno, pianists Bruce Barth & Armen Donelian, bassist Rufus Reid, and vocal sensations The Four Freshmen. Patneaude's latest release Riverview (WEPA Records) features guitarist Mike Moreno, organist Jesse Chandler and drummer Danny Whelchel performing a collection of six original compositions and songs by Don Grolnick and Billy Strayhorn.
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Thoughtful, harmonically intriguing tunes executed by a fine
quartet ... Flaunting a burly tone and a depth of feeling in his
lines, Patneaude reflects the influence of Michael Brecker in
both his playing and composing.
- Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes Magazine
‘Riverview’ is a truly fine collection of original compositions and
tunes by Don Grolnick and Billy Strayhorn that have been given
a modern shine.
- CD Baby Editor's Pick
The quartet seemingly plays all the right notes during this
irrefutably compelling album that should find itself on a legion of
2009 top-ten lists
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