Jazz is an art form in which second and third acts abound, and tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin is making the most of his late-career creative surge. A passionately soulful improviser, the New York City-based Pedicin has released a series of scintillating sessions in the past six years, and Why Stop Now. . . Ubuntu, on his GroundBlue label, reconfirms his status as a top-tier post-bopper distinguished by rare poise and maturity. Featuring his accomplished quintet, and enlisting the skills of Grammy-winning producer Joe Donofrio, he brings all his experience to bear on this eloquent recording, the latest riveting dispatch from a player who knows how to make the most out of every note.
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Whether you know it or not you've been digging Pedicin's sax for 45 years . . . With a jazz suite inspired by the happenings in Newtown, this soulful set shows an artist continuing to hit new high spots while at the top of his game.
Michael Pedicin Jr. tempered the soft-focus lyricism that the quartet’s saxophone chair has demanded
with some discreet John Coltrane devices and an attractive sense of spacing and drama. —The New York
Michael Pedicin Jr. seems more dedicated to his art than to radioplay. —Downbeat Magazine
Pedicin stretches on tenor in a Breckeresque fashion. —Downbeat Magazine
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
Saxophone instructor at University of the Arts, 1974-2000.
Senior lecturer at University of the Arts, jazz studies.
Director of jazz studies, Temple University, 1981-1988.
Currently associate professor of music/coordinator of jazz studies.....Richard Stockton College of New Jersey