The Improviser as Musical Philosopher
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Why Stop Now. . . Ubuntu
A passionately soulful improviser, tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin is in the midst of an impressive creative surge clearly reflected in his prolific work as a recording artist and composer. His new CD, Why Stop Now … Ubuntu, is his 12th as a leader—and 4th in the last five years. Scheduled for release on September 24 by his GroundBlue label, the disc reconfirms his status as a masterful post-bopper.
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Jazz is an art form in which second and third acts abound, and tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin is making the most of his late-career creative surge. A passionately soulful improviser, the New York City-based Pedicin has released a series of scintillating sessions in the past six years, and Why Stop Now. . . Ubuntu, on his GroundBlue label, reconfirms his status as a top-tier post-bopper distinguished by rare poise and maturity. Featuring his accomplished quintet, and enlisting the skills of Grammy-winning producer Joe Donofrio, he brings all his experience to bear on this eloquent recording, the latest riveting dispatch from a player who knows how to make the most out of every note.
“‘Ubuntu’ means human kindness, an African philosophy that echoes my constant hope for peace and connectedness in our world.” In this latest CD release by the Professor, his 12th as a leader and 5th in the last 6 years, his passion for the way music provides a vital, breathing and ever-transforming reminder of that connection between us is celebrated and proclaimed through his personal voice, the saxophone. From the very first notes of the surging title track that opens this album, through the beautifully inspired impromptu solo that takes it home, the listener is in for a powerful ride on a gracefully navigated harmonic steeplechase.