Saxophonist, composer, and educator Andrew Van Tassel draws inspiration from a broad palette of genres: bebop/hard bop, fusion, indie rock, classical music, and more. His new release on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records Shape-Shifter, reflects this multifaceted approach that ultimately produces music distinctly his own, while unveiling compelling explorations with electronics in a contemporary jazz ensemble context.
The band Van Tassel assembled for Shape-Shifter features budding stars on the NYC jazz scene, including Michael Mayo – voice, Lucas Hahn – piano, Wurlitzer, Alex Goodman – guitar, Rick Rosato – bass, Kush Abadey – drums and Alex Van Gils – live electronics and processing. His previous album, It’s Where You Are (Tone Rogue Records), received international praise from jazz critics. Highly recommended. There is an illuminative essence to the recording which is ideal listening during lockdown, wherever in the world you may be. In the meantime, stay safe.