Into the Sky

Into the Sky

by Nick Rosen

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Overview

Into the Sky

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2010
Label: Porter Records
UPC: 0656605794822
catalogNumber: 4048
Rank: 113111

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
Dusty McKinney   Flugelhorn
Danielle Ondarza   French Horn
Nick Mancini   Vibes
Ariana Delawari   Choir, Chorus
Tara Speiser   Bassoon
Gene Coy   Drums
Dave Wood   Electric Guitar
Matt Mayhall   Drums
Jen Stephenson   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Andres Story   Drums

Technical Credits

Jim Lang   Engineer
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Nick Rosen   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer,Field Recording
Luke Mosling   Cover Photo,Layout
Grace E. Oh   Portrait Photography
Benjamin Tierney   Engineer
Brendan Willard   Engineer
A.J. Jeromin   Tray Photo

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