Jon Irabagon | Behind the Sky

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Behind the Sky

by Jon Irabagon

This album features 11 Irabagon original contemporary, modern straight ahead jazz compositions and features the legendary trumpeter Tom Harrell! The up-and-coming rhythm section makes sure this album swings hard with indelible improvisations throughout.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One Wish
7:25 $0.99
2. The Cost of Modern Living
6:01 $0.99
3. Music Box Song (For When We're Apart)
7:23 $0.99
4. Still Water
7:44 $0.99
5. Obelisk
5:59 $0.99
6. Sprites
8:19 $0.99
7. Lost Ship At the Edge of the Sea
5:44 $0.99
8. Mr. Dazzler
7:50 $0.99
9. Eternal Springs
7:22 $0.99
10. 100 Summers
5:59 $0.99
11. Behind the Sky (Hawks and Sparrows)
6:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Saxophonist Jon Irabagon is a subverter of the jazz form,” declares Martin Longley in his Irabagon feature in the August issue of The New York City Jazz Record. “He’s a revolutionary who’s secretly messing with the changes. He might be dismantling the music’s mechanics from the inside, but from the outside he can frequently persuade a crowd that he’s an old- school practitioner. There are few players who can so deftly stride from postbop to free improvisation, avant country to doom metal and then wander from chaotic collage-spraying to sleek-blowing fluency.”

The winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, Irabagon has since topped both the Rising Star Alto Saxophone and the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone categories in the DownBeat Magazine Critics’ Poll and been named one of Time Out New York’s 25 New York City Jazz Icons. Jon was also named 2012 Musician of the Year in The New York City Jazz Record. An integral member of such high-profile ensembles as Mostly Other People Do The Killing and the Mary Halvorson Quintet, as well as an established bandleader in his own right, his list of current projects includes the bands Bryan & The Haggards and Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys as well as a longstanding partnership with legendary drummer Barry Altschul and Dave Douglas’ new quintet.

Jon’s own record label, Irabbagast Records, has currently released five of his efforts, including I Don’t Hear Nothin’ but the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze (with Mike Pride and Mick Barr), Outright! Unhinged (with Ralph Alessi, Jacob Sacks, John Hebert and Tom Rainey) and It Takes All Kinds (featuring Mark Helias and Barry Altschul). Outright! Unhinged received the rare 5-Star Masterpiece rating in Downbeat Magazine, as well as landing on numerous Top 10 lists of Record of the Year. 2015 sees the dual release of Behind the Sky (featuring Tom Harrell, Luis Perdomo, Yasushi Nakamura and Rudy Royston) as well as Jon’s first solo saxophone recording, "Inaction is an Action."



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