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Jason Newman – Piano
Jason Fraticelli – Bass
Tony Deangelis – Drums
All compositions by Jason Newman
Recorded by Alfred Goodrich at Silvertone Studios, Ardmore, PA
Recorded September 17th – 19th, 2014
Recording Assistant: Valerie Vuolo
Produced by Jason Newman
Co-Producer: Alfred Goodrich
Executive Producer: Philip Newman
Album Photography by Reed Reish
Designed by the Design Studio at Disk Makers
By: Rob Nagy, Music Journalist
For Philly pianist and composer Jason Newman, the 2015 release of his debut album “Entwined” is the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice and determination in the art of making music. Dedicated to his late mother, who passed away in 2011, Entwined is a masterpiece. A one-time rock artist, Newman has pushed the boundaries of his creativity, finding inspiration from Bach to Radiohead. Featuring Jason Fraticelli (bass) and Tony Deangelis (drums), Newman’s trio triumphantly captures fresh, vibrant and original compositions ranging from jazz fusion to rock and classical…
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By: Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist/Historian
Jason Newman has had a versatile career. Since graduating from college in 2000, he has not only led his own jazz combos in the Philadelphia area but he has worked as a composer of classical chamber music, a rock keyboardist (with Vista during 2004-2006), and as an educator. However his recording debut as a leader is strictly jazz as the pianist invigorates the modern mainstream with his acoustic trio.
Joined by bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Tony Deangelis, Newman performs ten of his originals. There are times when the sound of the ensemble is a little reminiscent of the trios led by Bill Evans, particularly in the interplay between Newman and Fraticelli and the quietly supportive but stimulating role of Deangelis. However the music is harmonically advanced and Jason Newman, who has his own voice, utilizes fresh chord voicings.
His music is logical but full of subtle surprises. The opener, “Akin,” begins as a quiet and thoughtful piano solo before it becomes an explorative medium-tempo showcase for the trio. Newman displays a bit of his classical technique and background on the atmospheric “Entwined.” The jazz waltz “Affinity” is particularly intriguing. It has an advanced chord structure and is quite modern harmonically yet it is accessible and attractive in its own way. Here as elsewhere, bassist Fraticelli and drummer Deangelis follow the leader closely and the three musicians often seem to play and think as one.
Several of the other performances, such as “When There Becomes Here” and “Silent Room,” are cinematic and sometimes dramatic. Newman also includes swingers in “Dukes And Counts” and the ultimately playful “Versa’s Vice.”
“Ballade” fits its title (especially during its first half), “Kobayashi” is a little funky and “Dispel, with its double-time drum rhythm and hints of childhood in its melody, is particularly memorable.
Throughout Entwined, Jason Newman and his trio create original and thought-provoking music.”
By: Andrew Szczurek, WHRC Music Director
Haverford & Bryn Mawr College’s Bi-Co Radio
“Through its pristine piano tone and the stunning counterpoint of its three instruments, this trio’s debut album stands out as one of the best new, local releases in jazz music. With the aid of a fantastically diverse color palette of tonality and emotion, the group traces ever-changing landscapes both friendly and frightening. The musicians melodic agility is challenged only by their impeccable clarity, leaving all soft focus purely to the music itself. A grandiose exploration.”