JazzDIY) about an upcoming project from baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton (that's him on the left.) The text follows below:
Brooklyn-based baritone saxophonist/composer Josh Sinton is trying something new to get his latest recording
noticed and heard. He will make its 11 tracks available online in
serialized form via five weekly blog posts (July 16th through August
13th), accompanied by detailed personal essays and corresponding
artwork he commissioned from Brooklyn artist Elizabeth Daggar. These
digital-only elements will be available to preview online at both
Sinton's own site and the site of the label releasing the complete
project, Prom Night
Records, which will sell the tracks as downloads.
The record in question is called "Pine Barren", the second and
final release from his now-defunct quintet, holus-bolus, featuring
saxophonist Jon Irabagon, guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, bassist
Peter Bitenc and drummer Mike Pride. Sinton disbanded the group last
year in response to the kind of industry-related obstacles he's
challenging with this alternative approach, many of which he details
in his essays, resulting in this insightful multimedia document of
his own motivations and the realities facing an independent
bandleader in today's jazz industry.
"For the first time," Sinton explains, "I made something without any
regard for my musical training. I made something with no thought
about how it might fit into the current musical landscape. I wrote
it in the hope that something positive could be created from
something negative. When I finished this record (about a year in the
making), I went through the normal channels for capturing ears and
interest—label owners, colleagues, 'star' musicians, critics,
publicists, etc., anyone I remotely thought could help me get the
record out to an audience of listeners. At a time when it is so much
easier to record, to publish, to document, it has become so much
harder to get anyone to pay attention."
"A few individuals responded with encouragement, and about the same
small number replied with disinterest," he continues. "But, for the
most part I was met by a large, stony wall of silent indifference.
I'd like to think this is mostly because people are either a.) too
busy to listen to the record, or b.) they're confused by it.
Confused because, I will admit, Pine Barren doesn't really
sound like any record I've heard or own. So in the interest of
attracting more listeners, I'm going to do what I'm terrified of
doing: I'm going to explain Pine Barren. I hope all these
words and images make the sounds of Pine Barren a little bit
less opaque. But mainly I hope people will give the project just a
little bit of their time and listen."
Active in projects ranging from his own solo performances to
trumpeter Nate Wooley's quintet to such large ensembles as the
Andrew D'Angelo Big Band and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society,
Sinton has been one of New York's premier low-end reed specialists
since 2004. A former member of the Chicago and Boston creative music
scenes, he was raised in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, an area
that has provided inspiration for many of his compositions and
ensembles. In addition to holus-bolus, his other projects include
Ideal Bread, which celebrates the legacy of his former teacher,
Steve Lacy, and multiple small-group collaborations with other
musicians around New York.
Learn more about Josh Sinton and his various projects at joshsinton.com.