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Dear friends,

I wanted to let you know my new CD Traverse has been released on BlueLand Records. This recording features:

Brian Landrus - baritone sax & bass clarinet
Michael Cain - piano & producer
Lonnie Plaxico - bass
Billy Hart - drums


This is the first recording on my new record label, BlueLand Records. I feel extremely blessed to have such a beautiful band and I hope you enjoy the music.

It can be found at www.bluelandrecords.com
iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/traverse/id421504669
Cdbaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/brianlandrusquartet

International distribution is by North Country Distribution.

Thank you for all your support!
All my love,
Brian



Here's an All About Jazz Review:


Traverse
Brian Landrus Quartet | BlueLand Records (2011)


By BRUCE LINDSAY
Published: March 10, 2011

Track Listing: Traverse; Gnosis; Lone; Lydian 4; Soul and Body; Body and Soul; Creeper; Soundwave.

Personnel: Brian Landrus: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Michael Cain: piano; Lonnie Plaxico: bass; Billy Hart: drums.


Traverse
The baritone saxophone: a low-down, honking, raw and randy piece of musical metal, isn't it? What about the baritone saxophone as a romantic, seductive and rather beautifully mellow instrument? Not so likely? Well, once it's placed in the hands of Brian Landrus, the romantic side of the instrument isn't just likely, it seems to be exactly how it was destined to sound. Landrus is a master of this rather unwieldy instrument, and leads a top-flight quartet on Traverse, a set of richly creative original tunes that reaffirms his Rising Star award in the 2010 Downbeat Critics Poll.
Traverse is straight-ahead jazz, melodic and accessible. This approach is somewhat in contrast to Landrus' previous Forward (Cadence Jazz Records, 2010), which drew on a wider range of styles. As a result, Traverse is equally stylish but perhaps more consistent and more immediately accessible. Pianist Michael Cain was also on Forward, but here Landrus and Cain are joined by a new bass and drums partnership: the vastly experienced and talented Lonnie Plaxico and Billy Hart, who both ensure that the tunes swing with passion.

The slow and smoky "Soul and Body" is a Landrus solo performance which clearly demonstrates his control, tone and command of the baritone's full range. It's followed by the quartet's take on Johnny Green's "Body and Soul," featuring Plaxico's lovely bass solo, as well as more exceptionally fine lead baritone from Landrus. On "Gnosis," Landrus moves over to bass clarinet, his playing just as impressive, while Cain delivers a sparklingly percussive solo. The album closes with the brief but beautiful "Soundwave," a slightly mournful duet between Landrus and Cain.

Traverse is the first release on Landrus' own BlueLand Records. Establishing a new record label may well seem like a rather risky step in these straightened times, but Traverse is a great debut for the label and bodes well for its future—and for the future of the baritone sax.
 

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I suggest SOTW check this seriously gifted player out ASAP...he is ON THE SCENE and doing things that deserve all of your attention.

VERY MUSICAL AND VITAL.
 

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