Randal Despommier Quartet Album Release Show at Soapbox Gallery

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Tracey Yarad uploaded this event on December 24, 2020


Soapbox Gallery
636 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY


Sat, February 27, 2021
8:00 pm

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Likened to a “Rimbaud hipster” (The Rest is Jazz), New York-based alto saxophonist and composer Randal Despommier’s music is a genre- and centuries-spanning amalgam of jazz, blues, and western classical idioms, resulting in a distinct twenty first-century compositional voice. In 2018, he released a “compelling new album” (Boston Globe) with kindred-spirit keyboardist Jason Yeager, All At Onceness, which they toured in both the U.S. and China. Now, Despommier, a native of New Orleans, has encapsulated his many-faceted musical world with his debut album as a leader, Dio C’è. Co-produced by the altoist alongside famed Yellow Jackets bassist Jimmy Haslip, Dio C’è showcases lyrical, transporting original compositions as well as an improv-laced re-imagining of the Stone Temple Pilots grunge hit “Big Empty,” which features fiery guest guitar by Ben Monder – the renowned avant-jazz figure who played on David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. The album’s title – “God exists” in Italian – refers to graffiti that Despommier kept seeing during his time in Italy. At first, he thought it was an uplifting religious message, but an Italian friend explained that it was actually a sly reference that heroin was available for sale nearby. In a recent interview with writer and music critic Bradley Bambarger, Despommier remarked, “Sometimes artists get too close to the flame, I know I have at times, and ‘Dio C’è’ reminded me there was a higher truth I had been searching for.” Dio C’è will be released via CD, download, and streaming by Outside in Music on February 5, 2021. For a behind-the-scenes preview of the making of the album, you can watch the EPK....

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