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Fresh Sound Records has been synonymous with West Coast jazz since its inception back in 1983. Through the years, we have recorded many of the men who built the scene, outstanding soloists who have become part of the jazz history we know and love. Now we are back to the roots with this new branch of our New Talent series, dedicated to today's emerging generation of stalwarts, all hailing from California.
The Blue Whale club has been like a second home for many of us who dedicate our
lives to creating and sharing music in Los Angeles and was also where I met Jordi
Pujol for the first time. That night the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance
Program, which I had the privilege to be a part of, was presenting the last of a
monthly concert residency at the LA jazz hub. At the time I was about to release my
debut album ‘Be Nice’, and was contemplating releasing it through a label. You can
imagine my surprise when Jordi came up to me after the concert and introduced
himself. Growing up I remember listening to many of my favorite artists and their
recordings on Fresh Sound, and I was very happy for the fortunate and unexpected meeting.
Jordi and I got together the next day and spoke about life, and the importance of
music in the world. We ended up staying in touch even after he flew back to Spain,
and a year later when Jordi came to visit Los Angeles again I invited him to a show I
was playing that I had a feeling he might like. At the time, Josh Johnson and I were
playing a weekly gig at a small bar in Los Angeles (with a piano-less quartet led by
drummer Martin Diller). Josh has been one of my favorite musicians and closest
friends since I moved to LA (he is also a Monk Institute alumnus) and getting to play
and listen together every week was something that I was constantly looking forward to.
Jordi was very excited by the two saxophones quartet and the interplay and communication that were at the core of the music and asked that we record an album
for Fresh Sound with the same band format - alto and tenor saxophones, bass, and
drums. We recorded a few months later, choosing to focus on playing standards and
songs by artists that we love, just like we would in our weekly gig. This album is a direct result of that initial meeting back in June 2016, and we hope you enjoy it.
Thank you for listening,
—Daniel Rotem & Josh Johnson
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