Started in 2011, SKETCHES is a Brooklyn-based collective jazz quintet in which each member writes music based on another member's musical idea. Before each rehearsal members post a sketch from their notebook (e.g. any musical fragment, a collection of fragments, an incomplete tune) and another member uses that as the basis for a new composition. Inherent in each piece is the challenge of blending two distinct musical personalities, yet with an ensemble of strong composers and sensitive performers, the results have been as engaging as they are unpredictable.
Volume One, released to critical acclaim on November 5th, 2013 on BaldHill Records, is SKETCHES' first release, having developed this concept for over a year – writing, rehearsing, and performing in New York's Small's Jazz Club and Douglass Street Music Collective – until a cohesive set of material was ready to record.
Volume Two, to be released October 14th, 2014 on BJURecords, will include 10 brand new compositions (2 from each member) plus a bonus track. More details to be announced soon!
Members of the project are leaders of their own bands and all in-demand sideman as well, having performed and/or recorded with Lee Konitz, Fred Hersch, Darcy James Argue, Joe Lovano, Steve Lacy, George Garzone, Aaron Goldberg, Aaron Parks, & Esperanza Spalding, among many others. They have also garnered multiple accolades from the Young Jazz Composer Awards, the BMI Foundation’s Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize/Manny Albam Commission, as well as both national and international performance competitions.Band Members
“...impressive post bop material, with rich and intelligent arrangements and a clever mix of melody and improvisation….You’ll like these guys!” –George Harris, JazzWeekly
“...an album that touches on many aspects of the jazz vernacular, yet it's a comprehensive agenda that is impressively concocted with the ensemble's hallmark sound and unassuming complexities.” –Glenn Astartia, All About Jazz
"...But more important than their long lists of credits is that these five musicians all have compatible styles and listen closely to each other, two qualities that give Sketches its own group sound… With consistently fine solos (pianist Cherner is particularly inventive) and worthy themes, Volume One is an excellent start for Sketches.” –Scott Yanow, Jazz Inside Magazine
"These songs may have all started life as unfinished bits and pieces, but they've grown into wondrous creations under the watchful eyes of these men. Hopefully a Volume 2 will follow.” –Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
"The results are poised, balanced, intimate conversations.” –Jon Garelick, Boston Globe