Beautiful playing and compositions is the way bassist Henry Grimes describes Four Across; a jazz quartet made up of trumpet player Josh Deutsch, pianist Carmen Staaf, drummer Brian Adler and bassist Matt Aronoff. This group of long time friends draws inspiration from middle eastern tea, dogs, bicycle percussion, tannins of broccoli and Danish cinema while maintaining strong musical connections to artists ranging from Danilo Perez and Thelonious Monk to Hanne Hukkelberg and Egberto Gismonti. In the spring of 2008 they released, Four Across their self titled freshman album (8bells/Circavision Productions) which has received constant praise. Members of Four Across have performed at festivals and jazz venues all across Europe, North and South America and Asia. They are about to embark on their fourth tour kicking off with the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, WA.
JOSH DEUTSCH - Josh Deutsch is a trumpeter, composer and educator residing in Queens, New York. A native of Seattle, Josh has performed across the United States, as well as in Europe, Japan and Canada. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (BM) and the University of Oregon (MM), Josh has studied with Danilo Pérez, Bob Brookmeyer, John McNeil, Brian McWhorter and Lee Hyla, among others. A composer in multiple genres, Josh has received commissions from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Music Northwest and From the Top. Josh received the University of Oregon’s Excellence in Teaching Award for his work with large and small ensembles and private students, and has given clinics and masterclasses throughout the state of Oregon. Josh was named the Outstanding College Trumpeter in both 2008 and 2009 at the Reno International Jazz Festival, and won Downbeat Magazine’s 2008 Student Music Award for College Jazz Soloist.
Four Across represents what I love most about jazz! This ensemble has vision for the present and future while truly honoring the past. Strong compositions along with great solos and inventive interplay makes Four Across a repeat play on my ipod. Five Stars all the way! Ray Vega, trumpet player.
Four Across is the best new jazz quartet that I've heard in recent years... about to rank among the premier contemporary jazz groups...fresh, young, and talented says Bud Young of KBCS FM, Seattle.
Among the most sensitive and inventive music I've heard. Absolutely gorgeous! Toby Koenigsberg- Jazz pianist, Origin recording artist, professor of jazz studies at University of Oregon