Complicated Day CD Release
It's no wonder that Roy Nathanson's forthcoming new album with Sotto Voce (Enja/Yellowbirds Records) is called Complicated Day. The consummate multitasker, Nathanson continually balances a schedule that's exhausting just to think about. Musician and bandleader, composer and poet, educator and actor, the downtown NYC mainstay is forever looking to expand his artistic reach. On Complicated Day, he's done so once again, augmenting the group's spoken word format with a greater emphasis on sung lyrics.
Traditional song structures never defined Nathanson's free and post-bop jazz repertoire, but with Complicated Day, the inimitable artist breaks into new territory. Only in the fascinating musical mind of Nathanson could such an innovative compositional mix of songs be conjured up. Sotto Voce reaches beyond the cosmos to an enigmatic world where free jazz meets the far stretches of the human voice, yet resides within classic songwriting arrangements that emulate stories of romance, reflection, and hope. The band's idiosyncratic sound is masterfully realized by Nathanson on alto, soprano and baritone saxophones; Curtis Fowlkes on trombone; Tim Kiah playing bass; Jerome Harris on guitar and banjolin; Napoleon Maddox handling the beatbox; and Sam Bardfeld on violin.
"Roy Nathanson is an extraordinary composer that leads this perky, irreverent group that somehow manages to orbit both the Marx Brothers and Sun Ra." -New York Magazine
"Mr. Nathanson has a gift for counterpoint, meshing irregular riffs to mix spaciousness and propulsion. And he doesn't let one idiom contain him." -Jon Pareles, New York Times