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With his American Roots Project, saxophonist / composer Owen Broder explores the weft and weave of American roots music – from Appalachian folk to early blues, spirituals to bluegrass – through bold and inspired new interpretations envisioned through the perspective of another distinctly American musical tradition: jazz.
On the band’s debut album, Heritage, Broder combines several of modern jazz’s most acclaimed composers and arrangers with an outstanding ensemble of gifted musicians to create a striking blend of tradition and innovation. It is at once an inheritance and a new link in a continually growing chain. “Fans of large-ensemble music might notice the sturdy artistic thread that connects bandleaders Maria Schneider, Ryan Truesdell and Owen Broder,” [Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine]. A featured project on ArtistShare®, Heritage works in conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum (NYC) in a multi-disciplinary collaboration, using selected related images from their permanent collection as visual companions.
Sara Caswell, violin
Owen Broder, woodwinds
Scott Wendholt, trumpet
Nick Finzer, trombone
Frank Kimbrough, piano
Jay Anderson, bass
Matt Wilson, drums
James Shipp, percussion
Wendy Gilles, voice
Kate McGarry, voice
Vuyo Sotashe, voice
Press Quotes, Honors & Awards
"A transcendent work of art."
Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine
"Highly enjoyable, as well as impressive."
Brian Priestly, Jazzwise Magazine
"Owen Broder has hit the musical jackpot with his exploration of American roots genres blending bluegrass, blues, folk, and spiritual idioms with a jazz swing feel."
Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition
"The ultimate representation of the marrow, majesty, and malleability of American roots music. In imbuing wide swaths of the country with a jazz sensibility, Broder puts the “heart” in “heartland.”
Dan Bilawsky, Senior Contributor, JazzTimes
"Owen Broder and his crew examine the various sonic styles to emerge over the country’s history through a jazz lens — and the results are bracing."
Michael Roberts, Jazziz Magazine
Best Music of 2018 – Best New Releases, NPR Critics Polls
#5, Francis Davis
#7, Jerome Wilson
Editor's Pick, DownBeat Magazine
10 New Albums You Need to Know About (March 2018), Jazziz Magazine
2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer’s Award – “Goin’ Up Home” (opening track)
Released: March 1, 2018
Producer: Ryan Truesdell
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