Label: Outside in Music
New Angle, KaBlooz!, To the Summit, Vermilion Skies, What is This Thing Called Love?, Berceuse, 2020, Uncommon Valor
Mike Conrad: leader, conductor, trombone, melodica; Alex Sipiagin: trumpet, flugelhorn; Kenyon Brenner: tenor saxophone; Justin Cook: flute; Veronica Lovely: oboe, english horn; Darrel Watson: bass clarinet, clarinet; Greg Weis: trumpet, flugelhorn; Kerrie Pitts: horn; John Mathews: bass trombone, tuba; Ching-Hsuan Wang: violin, Gina Buzzelli: violin; Tyler McKisson: viola; Katarina Pliego: cello; Joe Darpino: percussion; Matt Landon: guitar; Tom Amend: piano; Seth Lewis: bass; Ryan Leppich; drums
The All Angles Orchestra is a 15-piece ensemble that forces the classical and jazz worlds to collide. The combination of orchestral woodwinds, a string quartet, a mix of brass instruments, and a jazz rhythm section allows the group to produce a wide variety of amazing colors and textures, serving as the perfect creative vehicle for a few young jazz composers on the rise. Having already earned five DownBeat Awards and four Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards for his writing (among other accolades), Mike Conrad finds the All Angles Orchestra pushing his compositions in new and exciting directions. His original music is showcased alongside pieces by Greg Weis and Tom Amend. This group’s debut album, New Angle, features Alex Sipiagin, the incredible trumpet player and veteran of groups like the Dave Holland Big Band, the Michael Brecker Quindectet, and Mingus Dynasty. Alex calls the All Angles Orchestra an “absolutely amazing team” and describes the project as “a small group mentality with a large orchestra sound.” Some jazz albums seem to just slap a string quartet on top as almost an afterthought. That is decidedly not the case here. The compositions weave together the various instruments from cello to oboe to marimba in an inventive and intriguing way, while showcasing Alex Sipigian’s outstanding musicianship and dazzling technique. New Angle by the All Angles Orchestra will remind listeners of the 2007 release, Song for Anyone by Chris Potter as well as Michael Brecker’s 2004 release, Wide Angles, which won the Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and also featured Alex Sipiagin. Starting on June 23rd, 2017, physical and digital copies of New Angle will be available through Outside In Music and mconradmusic.com; digital copies will also be available through iTunes and Amazon. The album will be promoted and sold on a tour through the Midwest from June 27th to July 6th of 2017 and will be played on jazz radio stations across the country.
- New Angle by Jack Bowers