- Artist: Four Across
- Format: CD
- Release Date:4/1/2008
'Beautiful playing and compositions\' is the way bassist Henry Grimes describes Four Across; a jazz quartet made up of trumpet player Josh Deutsch, pianist Carmen Staaf, drummer Brian Adler and bassist Kendall Eddy. This group of long time friends draws inspiration from middle eastern tea, dogs, bicycle percussion, tannins of broccoli and Danish cinema while maintaining strong musical connections to artists ranging from Danilo Perez and Thelonious Monk to Hanne Hukkelberg and Egberto Gismonti. In the spring of 2008 they released, 'Four Across' their self titled freshman album (8bells/Circavision Productions) which has received constant praise. Members of Four Across have performed at festivals and jazz venues all across Europe, North and South America and Asia. \'Four Across\' represents what I love most about jazz! This ensemble has vision for the present and future while truly honoring the past. Strong compositions along with great solos and inventive interplay makes Four Across a repeat play on my ipod. Five Stars all the way!\' Ray Vega, trumpet player. Member Bios: JOSH DEUTSCH - Trumpet player and composer Josh Deutsch currently lives in Eugene Oregon where he performs in a variety of musical settings with numerous groups including the Josh Deutsch Quintet and the Poisonous Birds. A native of Seattle, Josh moved to Boston, Massachussetts in 2000, where he attended the New England Conservatory of Music, working with Danilo Perez, Bob Brookmeyer, John McNeil, Allan Chase and Lee Hyla, receiving a Bachelor of Music in 2004. In 2006, Josh received a Graduate Teaching Fellowship to the University of Oregon, where he is currently pursuing a Master\'s Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition. CARMEN STAAF - A native of Seattle, WA, jazz pianist and accordionist Carmen Staaf has performed internationally at the Festa do Jazz do Teatro Sao Luiz in Lisbon, Portugal, the Panama Jazz Festival, the KlezMORE Festival in Vienna, and at the Concurso de Jovenes Jazzistas (Young Jazz Musicians Contest) in Havana, Cuba. As a winner of the 2004 IAJE Sisters in Jazz Competition, she performed at the 2005 IAJE Conference in Long Beach, California and the Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Carmen has worked with Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone and Stefon Harris, and has shared the stage with other musical greats including Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid and Ernestine Anderson. She leads her own group, which recently recorded, and co-leads the Staaf Quartet, which recorded it's eponymous debut in 2004. She recently also recorded with trumpeter Peter Kenagy, and currently performs with the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, Michael Winograd, and Susan Watts and the Fabulous Shpielkehs. Carmen is a faculty member at Berklee College of Music in Boston. KENDALL EDDY - Kendall Eddy Grew up in Arlington, VA with stops in Bainbridge Island, WA and Harrisonburg, VA. Kendall studied acoustic bass and received a bachelors degree from James Madison University and went on to complete a masters degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Kendall currently maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule. He has performed in Japan, Norway and Italy, as well as across the United States. BRIAN ADLER- Drummer Brian Adler is well versed in many forms of improvised music including jazz, avant-garde, folk, and Indian music. He is known for his uniquely delicate, earthy sound and sparseness on the drums and his creative compositional style of framing ancient texts. Brian has had the privilege of performing with: Ran Blake, Dave \'Fuze\' Fiuczynski, Erik Lawrence, Kate McGarry, Stomu Takeishi, and Ray Vega. In 2004, Adler founded Circavision Productions, a record label, production company and music initiative centered on the use of organic improvisation, poetry, mixed media, digital relations and worldwide partnerships that are able to stimulate, challenge and enrich the minds of listeners. Brian holds a Bachelor\'s Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.
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