New CD | YAZZ Band: New Normal

YAZZ Band: New Normal CDs may be purchased by scrolling down this page. If you order below, you will receive a free bonus CD Mediterranean Connection featuring Greg with the fantastic Italian pianist Teo Ciavarella. YAZZ Band: New Normal CDs are also available on the Origin Records site, on Amazon and the tracks may be downloaded on the Bandcamp site.

YAZZ Band: New Normal is the latest CD from Greg Yasinitsky, to be released by Origin Records on January 15, 2021. You may listen to tracks below. For information on how to get a copy, send Greg a message. This album showcases Yasinitsky's compositions—some old, some recent—in new arrangements scored for “little big band”: four saxophones, two trumpets, trombone and rhythm section. About half of the tracks were recorded with the full ensemble in the studio before the pandemic shut things down. After that, musicians submitted their parts individually, with many, including me, recording in their homes, our “new normal.” Yasinitsky is featured on saxophone along with wonderful musicians and good friends including Vanessa Sielert, Horace Alexander Young and David Larsen, saxophones: John Harbaugh and Vern Sielert, trumpets and flugelhorns; Dave Glenn, trombone; Gabe Condon, guitar; Jake Svendsen, piano; David Bjur and F. David Snider, bass; and Dan Bukvich and David Jarvis, drums. Remote recording made it possible to also feature on selected tracks trombonist Francisco Torres in Los Angeles, and pianists Willis Delony in Baton Rouge and Teo Ciavarella in Bologna, Italy. Tracks were assembled and mixed by David Bjur in the Washington State University Recording Studio, and mastered by Raul E. Blanco. Scores and parts for these pieces will be available in the coming weeks from Walrus Music at YAZZ Band: New Normal was made possible by a generous Fellowship from the Center for Arts and Humanities at Washington State University.

YAZZ Band: New Normal | Teaser Video

YAZZ Band: New Normal


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Saxophonist, composer, arranger Greg Yasinitsky created his YAZZ Band project as a laboratory for his contemporary, original little big band compositions. Made up of mostly Pacific Northwest-based improvisors and ensemble veterans, "New Normal" reflects the times when gathering as a group is not an option. Recorded ensemble tracks from before COVID-19 emerged were combined with recordings done in isolation from faraway outposts including Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, and Italy, allowing for some dynamic new musical options to be explored. From the blazing "G.P." and "Diva," to the heartfelt "Song for Laura," or the funk of "Blues for Brecker," Yasinitsky's YAZZ Band offers a wide ranging set of hard-swinging and joyful original music.

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