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Ocean Rising

by Jeff D'Antona Trio

Dynamic jazz piano trio with textured production and hip hop grooves. Drawing from folk and classical inspired original compositions to covers of Radiohead, the Beatles, and Gershwin.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Street Savior
5:03 $0.99
2. Ocean Rising
4:58 $0.99
3. Small As We Are
5:09 $0.99
4. Nude
6:20 $0.99
5. Mark's Tune
4:43 $0.99
6. Time and Time Again
4:48 $0.99
7. Begin Again
6:09 $0.99
8. Svetlana
2:57 $0.99
9. Someone to Watch Over Me
5:01 $0.99
10. The Way Home
4:22 $0.99
11. What Love Is
7:08 $0.99
12. Eleanor Rigby
8:12 $0.99
13. Untitled
2:47 $0.99
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Jeff D’Antona, 26 year old pianist/composer of Northampton, MA, has taken pieces from his folk/rock roots, formal jazz and classical education, and experience touring with a live hip-hop band to create a musical personality all his own. The uniqueness of his voice stems from an ability to embrace a varied musical background and extract a common theme: the power of human emotion, which he then effortlessly communicates with his audience. His playing is lyrical and moody, filled with both emotional intensity and subtle sensitivity. His compositions are as diverse as his influences, seamlessly integrating memorable melodies reminiscent of folk and classical themes, jazz harmonies, and the infectious grooves of hip-hop, R&B, and Afro-Cuban music.

In Jeff’s most recent release, Ocean Rising, he has expanded his musical palette even further: while keeping the focal point of the record the dynamic improvisations, group interaction, and original compositions of his trio, Jeff experimented with studio production to add another element of depth to his evolving voice, evoking the sounds of modern hip-hop and rock production. These added textures came courtesy of guitarist David “Goody” Goodrich, vocalist Leah Randazzo, as well as keyboard overdubs and mixing techniques. Staying true to his ‘anything goes’ mantra regarding repertoire, D’Antona compliments original compositions with covers of songs by Radiohead, the Beatles, and George and Ira Gershwin.

The Jeff D’Antona Trio, featuring Makaya McCraven on drums and Tristan Gutner on bass, was formed in 2005 after Jeff completed his music degree at the Univeristy of Massachusetts Amherst. The newly formed trio honed their sound and seemingly telepathic interaction skills at a weekly residency at a local café, quickly building a local following. A year later, they released their first CD, Offering, in 2007, a live concert recorded at the Pushkin, an art gallery in Greenfield, MA. “A finely balanced piano jazz trio in the tradition of Jamal, Evans, Jarrett, Mehldau, et al, but D’Antona is not attempting to be a clone of those masters. He sounds like he’s finding his own very lyrical playing & composing voice, interacting beautifully with strong & solid work by Tristan Gutner & the very dynamic Makaya McCraven” Ron Freshly, ‘Fresh Sounds,’ WMUA.

Soon after the CD’s release, the trio was opening for bands such as the Jazz Mandolin Project as well as being called as a backing band to record with a Russian folk songwriter, local R&B singer Leah Randazzo, as well as tenor saxophone legend Archie Shepp. The trio’s work with Archie Sheep was recorded for a French film score and was nominated for a “Best Original Score” Caesar Award, the French film industry’s equivalent to an Academy Award.

Jeff’s recent projects include a continued collaboration with live hip-hop outfit Cold Duck Complex, an R&B vocal/piano duo with singer Evelyn Harris of the renowned Sweet Honey in the Rock, producing a singer-songwriter record, and a full schedule of teaching in colleges and high schools.



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Editors Pick
Fans of Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus will love this genre-bending, evocative release from 26-year old Jazz pianist Jeff D'Antona. Much like his cited influences, he invites elements of pop, classical, hip-hop, and folk into a relaxed brew of instrumental jazz. Moody without being maudlin, driven by heavy grooves without losing his sophisticated sense of melody, this young artist has developed an impressive "emotional intensity and subtle sensitivity." On this release, he brings his creative approach to the the tunes of Radiohead, Gershwin, and the Beatles.