And That Too Josh Lawrence
Label: Posi-Tone Records
Subgenre: Hard Bop
Artist: Josh Lawrence
Album including Album cover
- 3Cosmological Constant06:37
- 4North Winds06:22
- 5Black Keys08:35
- 6Hole In The Wall05:57
- 7Left Hanging07:23
- 8Cantus Firmus07:24
Info for And That Too
With calm and pervasive confidence, Josh Lawrence picks up his trumpet , and steps boldly back into the spotlight with steadfast determination and emotional earnestness on his aptly entitled fifth release And That Too.
Expect the unexpected when Lawrence unveils a powerful musical program of brilliant performances with the able assistance of talented newcomer Willie Morris on tenor sax, and the omnipresent powerhouse combination of pianist Art Hirahara and bassist Boris Kozlov alongside the bombastic metrics of Rudy Royston and Jason Tiemann on drums.
From the opening salvo to the last call, Lawrence continuously affirms his commanding presence as a band leader with a well refined artistic vision that is effortlessly engaging, uplifting, and entertaining. With a delicate balance of modernity and classic aesthetics, And That Too is insightfully straight forward, refreshingly melodic, and certainly guaranteed to bring a wide variety of bright moments to listeners everywhere.
Josh Lawrence, trumpet
Willie Morris, tenor saxophone
Art Hirahara, piano
Boris Kozlov, bass
Jason Tiemann, drums (tracks 1, 2, 6)
Rudy Royston, drums (tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
is the founder of Color Theory, a jazz ensemble for which he composes works fusing swing, the blues, Afro-Cuban music, and hip-hop. Lawrence uses sound to paint expressionist portraits and landscapes inspired by art, architecture, philosophy, and social observation.
Lawrence's new record Contrast (2018, Posi-Tone) uses both his instrument and his skills as a bandleader to succeed in making another inspired statement exploring several different musical avenues with his Color Theory project. The album features saxophonist Caleb Curtis, pianists Orrin Evans & Zaccai Curtis, bassist Luques Curtis, and drummer Anwar Marshall.
Color Theory’s 2017 debut Posi-Tone Records release led to a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works award for his Lost Works Suite (premiering 2018) inspired by painter and art theorist Vasily Kandinsky's first three compositions which were destroyed during World War II.
Now living in New York, Lawrence studied at the University of the Arts in his hometown Philadelphia. There he co-founded the Fresh Cut Orchestra, an experimental electro-jazz ensemble that won a Pew Center Philadelphia Music Project grant, an American Composers Forum Subito grant, a Kimmel Center Jazz Residency, and released two albums with Ropeadope Records. Lawrence is also the co-founder of oljo creative minds, a NY-based multimedia production company started in partnership with designer/photographer Ola Baldych. Other work includes collaborations with pianist Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band and Tarbaby as well as recordings with saxophonist Caleb Curtis, bassist Jonathan Michel, vocalist Laurin Talese, guitarist Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph , R&B legends Boyz II Men, and the great Erykah Badu.
This album contains no booklet.