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Every End is a Beginning
Summit Records (March 10, 2017)
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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 Bjork'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)
REVIEWS AND QUOTES:
"Rising-star pianist brings creativity and individuality to a crowded field...the harmonically sophisticated music is frequently cinematic...Routenberg's interplay with his sidemen reveals the influence of Bill Evans, while his ability to make the most out of a repetitious pattern (as in "Melt") hints at Keith Jarrett. Even so, Routenberg has found his own voice in the modern mainstream. The warmth that he displays on "Embrace" is particularly memorable."
-JAZZIZ (Scott Yanow, from "Keys to the Kingdom," September 2017)
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"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."
(on Every End is a Beginning)
-Dr. Brad Stone, Host of The Creative Source,
2017 JazzWeek Programmer of the Year Award Winner
"Original postbop. B+"
-Tom Hull (former Village Voice jazz critic/Jazz Consumer Guide)
"This trio is on the money. Effortless and in command of the music. Routenberg's music offers a nice array of contemplitude, juxtaposed tonalities and rhythmic play."
-Karen Hildebrand, WRUV (Burlington, Vermont)
"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, former Indianapolis Star critic)
Jazz Album of the Week
4 Every End is a Beginning
6 Sea Winds
7 Seven Shooting Stars
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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