Myron Walden departs from his usual jazz musings with the June release of the New York-based saxophonist’s latest project Countryfied (Demi Sound Records). The album, Walden says, is “down-home music — nod your head, tap your foot, say ‘Amen.’ From the first bar, we’re in the groove.”
Countryfied is a reflection of the music that inspired Walden during his formative years. Growing up in Miami, he listened to Ray
Charles, Otis Redding and James Brown on the radio. “From country to whatever,” he says now. He also heard gospel music in church.
More recently, his work with the Brian Blade Fellowship proved revealing. “Here’s a jazz guy,” Walden says of the drummer Blade, “who knew country and blues, and made me realize the vast possibilities of music. I wanted to be able to express myself and my emotions beyond the boundaries of style.”
After a fall show at New York’s Fat Cat featuring music from Countryfied, New York Press praised the “rambunctious country blues and gospel-tinged suites.” Of Walden’s playing, the piece noted that his “… tenor sax brilliantly complimented an understated organ and an impossibly agile rhythm section, producing a sound that demanded attention without seeming the least bit raw.”
Myron Walden’s Countryfied project will appear at Brooklyn’s Coco66 on April 26 at 8 p.m.
Since September 2009, Walden has composed, arranged and released several albums with two very different ensembles: the Miles
Davis-inspired Momentum and Momentum Live, and the reflective “In This World” albums To Feel and What We Share. He also played a
series of enthusiastically reviewed New York appearances with six different bands last fall. Says the saxophonist: “My passion is too big to be catalogued in one style.”
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