SCOTT ROUTENBERG jazz pianist composer arranger orchestrator educator

Every End is a Beginning (March 10, 2017)

Summit Records


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Every End is a Beginning is the Scott Routenberg Trio's debut album and Routenberg's first release since 2006's award winning Jazztronicus.  The album features Routenberg's original compositions alongside a heartfelt and energetic arrangement of Björk's Joga. The Trio, featuring bassist Nick Tucker and drummer Cassius Goens III, navigates intimate, dynamic and expansive sonic landscapes in this musical celebration of nature and life.  The title track is a quote from American Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson.


"Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth, that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning; that there is always another dawn risen on mid-noon, and under every deep a lower deep opens."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Circles (1841)



"His sophisticated sense of harmony and rhythm is compelling - and the group executes the material superbly.  Early candidate for 'jazz record of the year' in my book."
Every End is a Beginning)

-Dr. Brad Stone, Host of The Creative Source, JazzWeek Programmer of the Year Award Winner

"Original postbop.  B+"

-Tom Hull (previous Village Voice jazz critic/Jazz Consumer Guide)

"Ball State jazz professor Scott Routenberg issues a fetching trio CD"

"Very adept trio playing, and writing that suits the personnel."

"...Embrace [is] just about perfect as a representation of ballad playing for piano trio."

"Björk's Joga is a wholly successful jazz appropriation of a modern pop tune."

-Jay Harvey (Jay Harvey Upstage)







Track Listing


1   Florian

2   Polyglot

3   Melt

4   Every End is a Beginning

5   Tempus Fugit

6   Sea Winds

7   Seven Shooting Stars

8   Embrace

9   Joga (Björk)

10 White Veil






Scott Routenberg, piano

Nick Tucker, bass

Cassius Goens III, drums


Produced by Scott Routenberg

Recorded March 20, 2016 and May 7, 2016 at Ball State University

Sursa Performance Hall

Recording engineer: Dr. Christoph Thompson

Assistant recording engineer (3/20): Alexis Sanford

Mixed and mastered by Dr. Christoph Thompson in Ball State University's Music Media Production Studios

DAD Format (Digital/Analog/Digital)

Piano technician: Val Angrosini

Piano: Steinway Hamburg D Concert Grand

Photography: Mark Sheldon

All compositions copyright 2016 Scott Routenberg and published by Denmaster Music (ASCAP), except Joga (Björk)



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