WONDERFUL REVIEW OF OUR DUO CONCERT
WITH ROBERTA PIKET BY Michael Steinman – with embedded videos!
“OVER THE ROUGH ROAD TO THE STARS: ROBERTA PIKET and LENA BLOCH at THE DRAWING ROOM (May 20, 2017)
Posted on July 2, 2017 | 1 Comment
“Here are two of my favorite explorers, captured in a marvelous series of duets. My title may seem a touch fanciful: the only climb a session at The Drawing Room, Michael Kanan and Stephanie Greig’s serene studio, necessitates, is a few flights of stairs. But the music created the night of May 20, 2017, by Lena Bloch, tenor saxophone, and Roberta Piket, piano, makes me think of limitless vistas full of stars. Listen and I think you will agree.”
Read more and listen here!
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Listen, download and buy a hard copy of our album directly from the Thirteenth Note record label page. LENA BLOCH QUARTET “FEATHERY”
Our current Feathery quartet has Russ Lossing on piano, Cameron Brown on bass and Billy Mintz on drums. We perform original compositions by Lena Bloch and Russ Lossing, featuring each musician in the band. Please check my page “Performances” for our upcoming shows.
“Although Lena Bloch’s FEATHERY Quartet resembles a traditional tenor saxophone quartet, it’s really a small orchestra of shape-changers. Melodic lines pass from one player to another, and there is no clear dividing line between “horn” and “rhythm,” with equal emphasis given to sonic masters Billy Mintz and Cameron Brown. The group offers compositions by Bloch and pianist Russ Lossing, extended forms, pensive, rollicking, or dark, leisurely thoughtful dances. At the end of a Feathery set, one has done more than hear improvisation; one has taken gentle zigzag journeys.”
Michael Steinman, JAZZ LIVES
Voted as one of the Best Jazz CD’s 2014 and Best Debut Album 2014 at the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll by Dan Morgenstern and Elzy Kolb:
All About Jazz by Dan McCleneghan:
“Debuts are rarely this assured. The band is first rate, as spontaneous and fresh as it could be, the leader has a clear vision, and the compelling music shines a light on a fresh side of the Lennie Tristano side of jazz.”
“Feathery” is now for sale on CD Baby:
Buy MP3 and album cover art/liner notes here:
Great thanks to all friends who supported us on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, I am very moved by your encouragement, sending you my love. Special thanks to Michael Steinman Jazz Lives, K.C. and Gearldyne Marsh, Gary Foster, Ted Brown, Gary Levy, Bob Arturs, Roberta Piket, Chris Drukker, Meredith Whittaker, Vermont Jazz Center, Paul Arslanian, Andy Fite, Mala Waldron, Ohad Talmor, Seunghee Han, Clare Daly, Dori Levine, Joop Van Der Lei, Stephen Mosca, Steve Ascolese, Greg Burk and all my dear friends all over the world.
Read about the album and about me in the Jazz Inside Magazine interview (April 2014):
Read the PDF here