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Reverse Angle

by Josh Deutsch & Nico Soffiato

Trumpeter Josh Deutsch and guitarist Nico Soffiato continue their longstanding musical partnership with a second album, Reverse Angle, a record filled with pieces that gently defy the lines of genre and traditional instrumentation.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Time Gels #3
Josh Deutsch & Nico Soffiato
4:38 $0.99
2. Alabaster
Josh Deutsch & Nico Soffiato
5:08 $0.99
3. Someone to Watch Over Me
Josh Deutsch & Nico Soffiato
3:31 $0.99
4. Reverse Angle
Josh Deutsch & Nico Soffiato
5:47 $0.99
5. Lvbsp
Josh Deutsch & Nico Soffiato
3:34 $0.99
6. Silica Sand
Josh Deutsch & Nico Soffiato
4:44 $0.99
7. Tongue Twister
Josh Deutsch & Nico Soffiato
3:26 $0.99
8. Quinine
Josh Deutsch & Nico Soffiato
3:57 $0.99
9. Mix Tape
Josh Deutsch & Nico Soffiato
3:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
"While guests, instrument changes, recognizable material, and intriguing structural devices all contribute to the success of this recording, the album's strongest selling point is simply the relationship between Deutsch and Soffiato. There's a comfort level in their exchanges that makes this music a pleasure to behold, regardless of complexity or intensity." – D. Bilawsky, All About Jazz

"Trumpeter Josh Deutsch and guitarist Nico Soffiato take an invigorating approach to melody an harmony on their second outing, Reverse Angle, displaying an impressive command of diverse styles and textures...Through solid arrangements, bold colors and excellent harmonic balance, Deutsch and Soffiato make Reverse Angle truly memorable". – T. Holmes, The New York City Jazz Record

"On Time Gels #3, Mr. Soffiato plays some elegant, laid-back wha wha guitar...which sounds charming with Mr. Deutsch's lovely, somber trumpet...Gershwin's classic Someone to Watch Over Me is also done with sublime, austere elegance...It is nice for a change to listen to a disc which is melodic, somewhat haunting and tastefully played." – B. Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery.

“High energy and filled with musical intuition… two very inspired musicians” – B Pollaci, Anima Jazz

"Good for lovers of old jazz... one of those rare records to which anyone would return" – E. Garzia, Percorsi Musicali

Josh Deutsch and Nico Soffiato continue their longstanding musical partnership with a second album, Reverse Angle, a record filled with pieces that gently defy the lines of genre and traditional instrumentation. Where their first album Time Gels explored the sonic possibilities of both instruments, Reverse Angle is a composition-driven album, with contributions from both musicians as individual composers, collaborators and arrangers. Deutsch and Soffiato utilize a wide range of influences and concepts; the resulting album is a cohesive statement of appealing and hummable melodies, intriguing harmonies, and sonically pleasing songs. “I think all great compositions, regardless of genre, have an inevitable quality,” says Deutsch. “Whether it’s a Beethoven piano sonata, a Gershwin ballad, or a Nirvana song, a successful tune arrives where it should, the only place it could have gone. We were striving to evoke that feeling throughout the whole record.”

With a history of playing and composing together for almost ten years, Deutsch and Soffiato have developed a signature sound and an ease of musical expression that is instantly palatable to listeners. The duo has toured three times, both across the US, and to Soffiato’s home country of Italy. In addition, they started curating a performance series in New York involving other established duo projects, called 2x3. “We were excited by the number of innovative duos in the city, and discovered a great way to present our music side-by-side” says Deutsch. “We’ve found that the transparency and virtuosity required to create engaging duo music often leads to musical innovation, and the 2x3 series has been an important part the project’s inspiration,” adds Soffiato.

The album opens with “Time Gels #3,” which is a continuation of a compositional concept started on the duo’s first record. In it, a looped guitar provides a rhythmic ostinato which serves as the foundation for the whole piece. The music then weaves its way through a series of musical chapters, each one re-defining how the underlying guitar loop is felt. “Alabaster” is a gripping combination of layering and linearity co-written by both musicians. Soffiato first developed the progression, harmony, and voicing on guitar, then composed the melody on the piano and handed it off to Deutsch, who added a chorale-like coda. A programmatic piece, “Tongue Twister” is designed to mimic someone stumbling over a tricky phrase as it gets faster, and elicit a hearty chuckle from the audience. “I wanted to give the audience permission to laugh with us, and realize we’re not taking ourselves too seriously,” says Deutsch.

The two musicians share a love for great solo classical piano music, and the album contains the duo’s second piano piece arrangement of a piano piece, this time the Adagio of Beethoven’s “Sonata Pathetique” (Satie’s “Gymnopedie #1” appeared on the duo’s first album). Deutsch’s arrangement, here entitled “LvBsP”, obscures the melody until the final seconds of the track, using the harmonic and formal structure of the original as a platform for improvisation. On “Silica Sand,” the composition is an exercise in mirrored intervals, which Soffiato originally intended for trumpet and guitar. However, the piece came to life as a guitar and piano duet. “We felt very strongly that our first record needed to be an uncompromising trumpet and guitar statement,” says Soffiato. “But with that album under our belts and our identity as a duo solidified, we felt free in Reverse Angle to let the compositions dictate instrumentation.” “Reverse Angle,” the record’s title track, was composed by Soffiato and arranged by Deutsch, and features drummer Zach Mangan. “This piece is all about texture and pacing,” Soffiato notes. “We approached it more like a rock tune than a jazz tune, prioritizing the build of sonic density and intensity above all else.” The duo also added electronics from JC Maillard on Soffiato’s ballad “Mix Tape”. The incorporation of a jazz standard is a departure for the project, as well. Deutsch arranged “Someone to Watch Over Me” by George Gershwin for trumpet and baritone guitar, and included the seldom-heard verse. Rather than improvise over the form, the duo is content to state the melody, adding some fresh harmony and transitions between groove and rubato feels. The album is rounded out by Soffiato’s “Quinine,” a feel-good swing tune that features Soffiato’s guitar used like a bass, and both musicians letting loose over the changes.

Trumpeter/Composer Josh Deutsch has established himself as a versatile and unique voice in New York’s music scene. Equally comfortable as a leader and sideman, Deutsch has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia. Deutsch’s other projects include the band Pannonia and the Josh Deutsch Quintet. He can also be heard with Sofia Rei, Pedro Giraudo’s Expansions Big Band, The Hipstones, and Nathan Parker Smith’s Large Ensemble, and has appeared with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and the Duke Ellington Big Band directed by Victor Goines. Deutsch has twice led bands as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, directed by Dave Douglas, as well as the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle and the Outpost Summer Music Festival in Albuquerque. A native of Seattle, Deutsch holds degrees in music from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Oregon, and now resides in Queens, NY, where in addition to performing he is an active music educator and a founding member of the Queens Jazz OverGround.

Nico Soffiato grew up in Italy but now calls Brooklyn home. He received a Master’s degree in philosophy with a thesis on the ontology of music, then moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music, where he studied with David Tronzo, Jon Damian, and Hal Crook, among others. Soffiato's first record as a leader was Just Add Water (2011, nBn Records). His most recent record, published by Setola di Maiale, features Eli Asher, Greg Chudzik and Devin Gray. He leads the band Paradigm Refrain, whose rotating roster has included, Tronzo, Darius Jones, Nate Wooley, Marco Cappelli and many others. He’s also part of Out of Your Head Brooklyn, a collective which includes some of New York’s finest improvisers, like Gerald Cleaver, Tony Malaby and Oscar Noriega, to mention a few.



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