Andrew Rathbun Quintet
The Union Cabaret & Grill welcomes back the ambitious composer to showcase his latest CD release, Character Study. Today integrity, decorum, fact-based argument - the stuff of character - seem to have been abandoned, not just in the Oval Office but by many leaders who willingly turn a blind eye if they can further their agenda. With this album, questions of character were the impulse.
"Andrew Rathbun, a crafty saxophonist and composer whose ambitious work over the past decade has eluded the wiser recognition it deserves..." - The New Yorker
"There’s a strong collective spirit on Character Study. Although there are plenty of solos, Rathbun and Hagans seem much more focused on creating harmonies, exchanging ideas and conducting a musical conversation. Similarly, most of the compositions sound deeply indebted to the introspective and autumnal mood of Miles Davis’ Nefertiti. Even the ones that start out high-energy, like the opening “The Golden Fool” or the closing “Turmoil”, eventually settle down into a kind of gentle rustling, like a breeze blowing through a pile of leaves, shifting some but leaving most to fall back into place." - Phil Freeman, New York City Jazz Record
Players: Andrew Rathbun, saxophone || Tim Hagans, trumpet || Gary Versace, piano || Jay Anderson, bass || Bill Stewart, drums