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Sound Assembly

On the NYC scene since 2000, Sound Assembly is a 17-piece collective of New York's finest players featuring the original compositions of David Schumacher and JC Sanford. Schumacher and Sanford strive for organic structures, extended forms, and motivic development through a colorful palette of orchestration. They intertwine improvised and composed elements in their work to create a natural, seamless evolution of material. It is a combination full of excitement and intrigue that will fulfill the most critical and demanding jazz audience.

Sound Assembly members, including drummer John Hollenbeck, pianist Deanna Witkowski, trumpeter John Bailey, trombonists Mark Patterson and Alan Ferber, and reedmen Chris Bacas, Ben Kono, and Dan Willis bring a vast range of experience to the group

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“Taking the angular bravado of Charles Mingus and re-imagining it for the 21st century, this 17-piece jazz orchestra from New York brings it full-force on their album of original, unique compositions. With stab-tone sectionals and blazing solos, “Edge of the Mind” displays an energetic big band who has evolved to a place where they can make musical violence sound romantic.” - CD Baby (where we are an Editor’s Pick for Jazz)

“These are in essence thought-provoking works that commands one's unwavering awareness and consideration. If due diligence is given, the rewards can be sizable…It's an ample meal… easily digested by epicures.” - All About Jazz

“These guys are carving out their own territory in the realm of the modern jazz orchestra

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