Into the Sky

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
You can call Nick Rosen's debut, Into the Sky, a jazz album if you want, but while not inaccurate, that term doesn't really tell the whole story. This is no post-bop chops-fest, but rather an album of fully realized compositions making use of a jazz-centric format. One might even be tempted to dub some musical moments "post-rock" in the chamber music vein of bands like Rachel's, if not for the troublesome fact that there are really no rock elements present. Best then to leave the tricky task of categorization aside and simply absorb the fruits of Rosen's labors on their own terms. The young composer concentrates on acoustic and electric bass on Into the Sky, but also sings and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Allen
You can call Nick Rosen's debut, Into the Sky, a jazz album if you want, but while not inaccurate, that term doesn't really tell the whole story. This is no post-bop chops-fest, but rather an album of fully realized compositions making use of a jazz-centric format. One might even be tempted to dub some musical moments "post-rock" in the chamber music vein of bands like Rachel's, if not for the troublesome fact that there are really no rock elements present. Best then to leave the tricky task of categorization aside and simply absorb the fruits of Rosen's labors on their own terms. The young composer concentrates on acoustic and electric bass on Into the Sky, but also sings and plays keyboards and guitar. As a sideman he's worked with everyone from free jazz hero Henry Grimes to neo-soul star Macy Gray, which should give you some idea of his stylistic breadth. Indeed, strewn among the orchestral jazz textures of instrumental tunes like "Ancestral Echoes" and "Manya" you'll find the acoustic guitar-based neo-folk ballad "Mindy's Song," with guest vocals from art folk troubadour Mia Doi Todd; "African Sun," an atmospheric composition screaming out for a film soundtrack placement; and the pastoral folk-pop ditty "Winter into Spring." Trace elements of everything from Mingus to Milhaud can be found on Into the Sky if you listen closely, but it won't take too intensive an examination to begin unpeeling the satisfying skein of textures, tones, and tunes the eclectic Rosen has assembled here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2010
  • Label: Porter Records
  • UPC: 656605794822
  • Catalog Number: 4048
  • Sales rank: 192,829

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ancestral Echoes (5:06)
  2. 2 Twin Harbors (3:53)
  3. 3 Manya (5:14)
  4. 4 Mindy's Song (2:48)
  5. 5 Blossoming Song (6:32)
  6. 6 Nature's Breath (2:43)
  7. 7 In Her Smile (2:38)
  8. 8 For People (2:59)
  9. 9 Rainfall (7:09)
  10. 10 African Sun (5:02)
  11. 11 Winter Into Spring (2:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Rosen Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Vocals, Acoustic Bass, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass
Katisse Buckingham Flute
Jim Lang Choir, Chorus
Mia Doi Todd Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Peter Jacobson Cello
Dexter Story Drums
Damon Aaron Choir, Chorus
Carlos Niño Choir, Chorus
Rebekah Raff Harp
Andres Renteria Percussion
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Piano, Violin, Viola, Choir, Chorus, Acoustic Bass, Wurlitzer
Danielle Ondarza French Horn
Nick Mancini Vibes
Ariana Delawari Choir, Chorus
Gene Coy Drums
Dave Wood Electric Guitar
Matt Mayhall Drums
Jen Stephenson Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Dustin McKinney Flugelhorn
Andres Story Drums
Technical Credits
Jim Lang Engineer, Mastering
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Arranger, Composer, Producer
Grace Oh Portrait Photography
Nick Rosen Arranger, Composer, Executive Producer, Field Recording
Luke Mosling Cover Photo, Layout
Benjamin Tierney Engineer
Brendan Willard Engineer
A.J. Jeromin Tray Photo
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