September 3, 2012 in Album of the Week
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Learn Jazz Standards.com is proud to promote Josiah Boornazian’s 2011 release of “Intersection”.
Josiah Boornazian, originally from Los Angeles, is a New York City based alto saxophonist and extraordinary composer. “Intersection” is Boornazian’s debut release, a powerful opening statement to his public contribution to the modern jazz scene.
“Intersection” can be best described as a journey through Boornazian’s musical world. Each song flows into the next as if the last one had never ended; a continual set of stories to complete his first chapter.
All the musicians joining Boornazian, mostly his friends and fellow colleagues, demonstrate extraordinary musicianship throughout this record, however the most profound aspect of this record is the compositions. Harmonically and rhythmically every tune presents an intriguing set of twists and turns. On “Green Vine, Red Brick, and the Twisted Corridor” you hear multiple small composed phrases repeated by the guitar and piano while another phrase is being layered on top by the horns. This is a common theme portrayed throughout the record, a trademark of Boornazian’s work.
“To New York” is an energetic tune, a piece that introduces the album beautifully and promises the listener more to come. “Night Mute” sets a haunting tone to the record and makes fantastic use of free improvisation. The album is marked with short and intriguing free improvisations to introduce the songs to follow.
Perhaps the most uplifting tune is “Vibe”, a piece that demonstrates intense compositional passion and Boornazian’s virtuosity on his instrument. The solos are a focus on this tune, reminding the audience that his band can deliver just as much as his compositions can.
“Essential Pillars of Illusion’s” dark chordal movements create a brilliantly threatening atmosphere.
I can’t recommend this record enough! Josiah Boornazian is certainly a musician to keep your eye on and this record proves his potential. This record is a powerful statement in modern jazz and should definitely be in your collection.
A little bit about Josiah Boornazian:
Josiah Boornazian is a woodwind multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator currently living in New York City where he is finishing up his Master’s degree in music at the City College of New York, where he also teaches music part-time. Josiah grew up playing in local professional ensembles in central California and was already playing in university level ensembles while still in high school. Josiah earned his bachelor’s degree in jazz studies at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles, CA. As a performer and recording artist, Josiah’s musical credentials are wide and varied and include performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Bakersfield Jazz Festival, the Jazz Bakery, Catalina’s Jazz Club, Vitello’s, the Pasadena Jazz Institute, and the Berkeley Jazz School, amongst many others. He has worked on multiple studio albums as a leader, sideman, and collaborator. Josiah has performed in New York with modern jazz legends such as David Binney, Drew Gress, and Dan Weiss. As an educator Josiah has given numerous clinics at universities, high schools, and junior colleges all over California (including his alma mater CSU, Northridge, Pasadena City College, Ventura College, Folsom High School, Rio Americano HS, Marin School of the Arts, San Francisco HS for the Arts, and Orange County HS for the Arts) and he teaches privately part time in his spare time in addition to teaching at CCNY. Josiah has worked with numerous teachers and collaborators including Gary Pratt, Matt Harris, John Daversa, Gary Fukushima, Rob Lockart, David Binney, Chris Potter, David “Fathead” Newman, and Dave Douglas amongst many others. Josiah released a full-length album of new original music in January 2011 titled “Intersection.” He also has an avid interest in electronic music, which he performs live, and Josiah plans to release an album of his electronic music in the next few years.
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