Since the release of his first album “Strength & Song” in 2010, New York-based jazz trumpeter John Raymond has been continually asserting himself as an up-and-coming voice to be heard. Having recently been a featured artist at the FONT Festival, NYC Winter Jazz Festival and the Center City Jazz Festival, Raymond just finished recording for his sophomore album slated for release in early 2015. Accompanied by legendary drummer Billy Hart, pianist Dan Tepfer and bassist Joe Martin, it’s clear that Raymond will be making as big a musical statement as he’s made yet.
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Hailed as “a rapidly maturing artist with his own artistic vision” (JazzInk.blogspot.com), John Raymond has been steadily performing at many of the major jazz venues in New York City including Smalls Jazz Club, the Blue Note Jazz Club and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola among others. In addition, he has performed with notable artists such as John Abercrombie, Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Linda Oh, and Otis Brown III. His debut album “Strength & Song” garnered national and international praise – "Strength & Song signals the arrival of an exciting new trumpet personality poised for greater things" (All About Jazz). Produced by Jon Faddis, the album includes pianist Gerald Clayton and guitarist Gilad Hekselman among others, and it features Raymond's original compositions that bring together world-class interplay and affecting, memorable melodies to create highly emotionally engaging music.
On his forthcoming album it’s clear that Raymond has vastly matured in both his improvisational and compositional concepts since “Strength & Song.” Notably, his trumpet and flugelhorn sound has become more nuanced and personal, and his melodic, harmonic and rhythmic senses have deepened significantly in his improvising. Raymond cites mentor and seasoned jazz trumpeter John McNeil as a primary influence for these developments, and as a result McNeil was enlisted to produce the album. Raymond has also grown tremendously as a musical conversationalist, and his ability to
push the music in new directions is readily apparent on the recording. Together with master improvisers like Mr. Hart, Tepfer and Martin, the group’s spontaneity and interplay are operating on a world-class level.
Raymond also penned seven new original compositions for the album (the group recorded a take on a Kenny Wheeler composition as well). Departing from the rock-infused sound that characterized Raymond’s debut effort “Strength & Song,” Raymond draws from influences such as Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell to create a sound that is steeped in the jazz tradition yet progressive and full of modernity. Raymond will release the album in early 2015 and will be touring with the group in the coming months and beyond.
For more information, please visit John’s website