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Garrison Fewell

”The guitarist formerly known as one of Boston's most eloquent inside players has become one of its leading experimenters,” writes Boston Phoenix's Jon Garelick, who included Fewell's ensemble, the Variable Density Sound Orchestra, on his best of 2009 list. Fewell, a professor at Berklee College since 1977, has toured the globe for more than 35 years as one of the jazz world's premier performer/educators. He has released 13 recordings for Soul Note, Koch, Splasc(H), Boxholder, Accurate, Nubop and CNM Records. For the past decade, he has collaborated with such renowned avant-garde musicians as John Tchicai, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell, Khan Jamal, Borah Bergman and Curtis Clark. The Variable Density Sound Orchestra, founded in 2008, released three recordings on Creative Nation Music, and balances both aspects of Fewell's musical personality by showcasing the melodic accessibility and sturdy framework of his compositions as well as the unbridled freedom of free improvisation.

A renowned jazz educator Fewell has taught at European Conservatories including Rotterdam, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Graz, Cologne, Leipzig, Warsaw, Krakow, the American School of Modern Music in Paris, and at McGill and Laval University in Canada, and conducted workshops for the International Association of Jazz Educators in New York City, Toronto, and the Montreux Jazz Festival. He taught at the Polish Jazz Society Summer Workshops, the New School (NY) at Veneto Jazz, Italy, and is the ear training and guitar instructor for Global Music Foundation at seminars across Europe.

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Reviews of Garrison's recordings have been published in a variety of international jazz magazines:

”His beautiful tone and effortless, fluid lines draw the listener in as only a select few have done...a fine guitarist who appeals on the sublime, emotional level of a Bill Evans or a Jim Hall.” -James Rozzi, Wired

”His active imagination is restless; his musical intelligence is acute; his standards are high.”-Thomas Conrad, DownBeat

”Continually surprising change-ups in phrasing, technique and timing, along with a perceptive balance between forward linear motion and shifting horizontal timbres are the hallmarks of Fewell's style.”-Milo Fine, Cadence

”With phrasing that is simply flawless he digs into harmonies with a clear and unique style, free of clich.”-M

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Discography

Tribal Ghost

Tribal Ghost

NoBusiness Records
2013

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Sound Particle 47

Creative Nation Music
2011

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Variable Density Sound Orchestra

Variable Density...

Creative Nation Music
2009

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The Lady of Khartoum

Creative Nation Music
2008

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Red Door Number 11

Red Door Number 11

Splasc(H) Records
2003

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City of Dreams

City of Dreams

Splasc(H) Records
2001

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