Volume One

by Sketches

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released November 5th, 2013 on BaldHill Recors

Matt Holman, trumpet/compositions
Jeremy Udden, saxophone/compositions
Jarrett Cherner, piano/compositions
Martin Nevin, bass/compositions
Ziv Ravitz, drums/compositions

recorded by Michael Perez-Cisneros
at Peter Karl Studios, Brooklyn, NY, Sept 2012
mixed & mastered by Ziv Ravitz
cover artwork by Risa Glickman
band photo by Alejandra Barragán
album design by Jarrett 



Selected Reviews for Volume One:

“...impressive post bop material, with rich and intelligent arrangements and a clever mix of melody and improvisation….You’ll like these guys!”
–George W. Harris, JAZZ WEEKLY

“...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.”

"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. Hopefully a Volume 2 will follow.”
–Dan Bilawsky, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"The results are poised, balanced, intimate conversations.”
–Jon Garelick, BOSTON GLOBE

"downtown jazzbo darlings… thought provoking"
–Chris Spector, MIDWEST RECORD

“This working band is special, mad skills with unlimited potential”


In a Jazz scene ruled by the individual, the star, the featured soloist or lead composer, Sketches distinguishes itself as a band that truly utilizes the broad talents of each member. This Brooklyn-based quintet of highly accomplished composer/improvisers is built around a unique and profoundly simple idea: truly collaborative composition. The process is straightforward. Before rehearsal each member shares a sketch from his 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. The band then rehearses and develops the piece further, making each musical choice together in a completely democratic way. 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.

Though the band’s premise is simple, their dedication to high artistic standards make for a time- consuming process – not to mention the virtuosic logistics required to coordinate the schedules of five of the busiest musicians in Brooklyn. Each member is also a bandleader and busy sideman in his own right, with collective credits including Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Fred Hersch, Steve Lacy, John Hollenbeck, George Garzone, Aaron Goldberg, Aaron Parks, & Esperanza Spalding, among countless others. They have also garnered multiple accolades from the ASCAP 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.



released 05 November 2013



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