Started in 2011, SKETCHES is a Brooklyn-based collective jazz quintet in which each member writes music based on another member's musical idea. Before each rehearsal members post a sketch from their notebook (e.g. any musical fragment, a collection of fragments, an incomplete tune) and another member uses that as the basis for a new composition. Inherent in each piece is the challenge of blending two distinct musical personalities, yet with an ensemble of strong composers and sensitive performers, the results have been as engaging as they are unpredictable.
Volume One is SKETCHES' first release after working on this concept for over a year – writing, rehearsing, and performing in New York's Small's Jazz Club and Douglass Street Music Collective – until a cohesive set of material was ready to record. It was released on November 5th, 2013.
Volume Two, to be released October 14th, 2014 on BJURecords, will include 10 brand new compositions (2 from each member) plus a bonus track. More details to be announced soon!
Members of the project are leaders of their own bands and all in-demand sideman as well, having performed and/or recorded with Lee Konitz, Fred Hersch, Darcy James Argue, Joe Lovano, Steve Lacy, George Garzone, Aaron Goldberg, Aaron Parks, & Esperanza Spalding, among many others. They have also garnered multiple accolades from the Young Jazz Composer Awards, the BMI Foundation’s Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize/Manny Albam Commission, as well as both national and international performance competitions.
...impressive post bop material, with rich and intelligent arrangements and a
clever mix of melody and improvisation….You’ll like these guys!” –George Harris,
“...an album that touches on many aspects of the jazz vernacular, yet it's a
comprehensive agenda that is impressively concocted with the ensemble's
hallmark sound and unassuming complexities.” –Glenn Astartia, All About Jazz
...But more important than their long lists of credits is that these five musicians
all have compatible styles and listen closely to each other, two qualities that give
Sketches its own group sound… With consistently fine solos (pianist Cherner is
particularly inventive) and worthy themes, Volume One is an excellent start for
Sketches.” –Scott Yanow, Jazz Inside Magazine
These songs may have all started life as unfinished bits and pieces, but they've
grown into wondrous creations under the watchful eyes of these men