Orenda

Andrew Conrad - Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Voice
Emilio Terranova - Double Bass, Voice
Mike Lockwood - Drums, Voice

“SCREAMING WHILE PLAYING, the bold debut album by vibrant Los Angeles saxophonist and composer, Andrew Conrad, is an immediately honest glimpse into the mind of an uncompromising artist who does not segregate art and life. Raw and visceral, this record presents a deeply intertwined musical dialogue rarely encountered in an age that favors technology and sheen over unfiltered

Trevor Anderies - Drums
Alina Roitstein - Voice
Gregory Uhlmann - Guitar
Emilio Terranova - Bass
Andrew Conrad - Tenor Sax / Clarinet

"Where the other was a thoughtful expression of the place where hard bop and avant-garde meet, his newest sees him growing more nuanced and increasingly diverse with this mix of modern and classic jazz, folk, and pop." — Dave Sumner, Bird Is The Worm

"The creative winds of original music are once again blowing from Los Angeles. Composer..

Andrew Niven - Drums, Compositions
Max Kutner - 6-String Guitar
Eric Klerks - 8-String Guitar

“The group formed during extensive touring as members of the renowned Magic Band (formerly Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band) and the Grandmothers of Invention (formerly Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention). After playing together on a lark at a café in Sydney, Australia in 2014, Niven, eight-string guitarist and bassist, Eric Klerks, and guitarist, Max Kutner, decided to carry on exploring the..

Jon Armstrong - Tenor Sax, Electric Guitar
Sheela Bringi - Vocals, Harmonium, Harp, Bansuri Flute
Clinton Patterson - Trumpet
Ryan Dragon - Trombone
Stefan Kac - Tuba
Erin Armstrong - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute
Gavin Templeton - Alto Sax, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Baritone Sax
Brian Walsh - Bass Clarinet, Clarinet
Tina Raymond - Drum Set
Chris Payne - Kanjira, Krakebs, Frame Drum, Pandero, Bongos

"The melodies provoke a simple, crisp lyricism... a qualit

Jon Armstrong: Composer, Conductor, Tenor Saxophone Soloist
Woodwinds: Gavin Templeton, Phil O’Connor, Brian Walsh, Andrew Conrad, Erin Armstrong
Trumpets: Michael Steever, Daniel Rosenboom, Barbara Laronga, Josh Aguiar, Clinton Patterson
Low Brass: George McMullen, Ryan Dragon, Joey Sellers, Paul Rivera, Stefan Kac
Rhythm: Gary Fukashima, Randy Gloss, Chris Payne, David Tranchina, Alexander Noice, Trevor Anderies, Andrew Lessman

“The gifted Los Angeles tenor saxophonist may....

Samantha Boshnack – Trumpet; Compositions
Ryan Parrish – Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
Paris Hurley – Violin
Lauren Elizabeth Baba – Viola
Paul Cornish – Piano
Nashir Janmohamed – Double Bass
Dan Schnelle – Drums

Trumpeter and more importantly, composer (although she’s a fine trumpeter!) Sam is one of my very favorite up ‘n’ comers and if you haven’t already experienced her uniformly great body of work, this is a great place to start!

“The trumpeter and

Daniel Rosenboom - Trumpet
Jake Vossler - Guitars
Richard Giddens - Bass
Aaron McLendon - Drums

"...unruly...raging...visceral...raw...pure...expressive...a multi-faceted epic... Is Burning Ghosts the ‘Rage Against The Machine’ of jazz?"—S. Victor Aaron

“BURNING GHOSTS explodes from the Los Angeles Underground with an expressionist metal-jazz opus that singes the fabric of a fraying American culture. An ambitious and scathing referendum, this eponymous debut comes at a..

Daniel Corral - Electronics

"On the surface of the single, 32-minute track, everything seems perfectly transparent, maybe even grid-like. Insistent, hopped-up Plinko polyrhythms braid together in a dense patchwork of minimalist activity, while oceanic noise waxes and wanes. Or it’s pop electronica, but more desperate, more worldly, shamelessly reverbed. Minimalist motivic transitions speed the texture through harmonic and registral shifts, while rhythm remains constant. Corral knows exactly what...

“An extraordinary piece of musical and visual art… that is both accessible and compelling.”-Sequenza 21

“A mesmerizing visual and musical spectacle.”-SF Gate

“gamelan from Pluto—or maybe ’70s Philip Glass as interpreted by Harry Partch on his Cloud-Chamber Bowls.”-The Stranger

"Polytope is an aural vortex of electronic minimalism and alternate tuning that recalls classic experimental electronic albums like Terry Riley’s Shri Camel, Aphex Twin’sSelected Ambient Works Volume II.

Very extraordinary, very modern big band featuring a large number of very skilled players, none of whom I have ever heard of! Recommended.

“Los Angeles composer/trombonist Nick DePinna releases Nexus Music, Vol. 1, a distinctly modern vision for the traditional big band ensemble, and the first in a series of releases on the forward-thinking and genre-defying label, Orenda Records.
This first EP release features three of DePinna’s compositions written over the past ten years amidst...

David Dominique: Flugabone; Voices
Brian Walsh: Tenor Sax; Clarinets
Joe Santa Maria: Alto Sax; Flute
Sam Robles: Alto Sax; Bari Sax
Lauren Baba: Viola
Alex Noice: Guitar and Electronics
Michael Alvidrez: Basses
Andrew Lessman: Drums and Drumkat

So....This is the album whereby I discovered the great Orenda label, as these guys played a show I saw and they were great and the record was great and I saw it was #51 on this label I never heard of....
AND i

Daniel Rosenboom - trumpets
Gavin Templeton - woodwinds
Alex Noice - electric guitar and FX
Sam Minaie - electric bass and FX
Caleb Dolister - drums and FX

"If this isn’t where jazz is headed, then it’s probably going in the wrong direction."-S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

"With Voices in the Void, DR.MiNT presents their futuristic approach to powerful rhythms, warped electronics, roaring horns, and infectious spontaneity with a sci-fi cinematic aesthetic that’

Ryan Dragon - Trombone
Mike Bjella - Tenor Saxophone
John Beasley - Piano / Keys
Richard Giddens - Bass
Devin Drobka - Drums

“Children’s songs tend toward purity, and so does the remarkable music of Kid Songs. Comprised of four younger musicians that share an East Coast connection and one seasoned Los Angeles veteran, Kid Songs has captured sounds here that allow us to witness this beautiful and surprising journey. Though this is an ensemble presentation at its essence....

Max Kutner - Guitar
Stefan Kac - Tuba
Mike Lockwood - Drums

"Here at Orenda Records, we receive a lot of music to review for release consideration. But it's not every day that a tuba, guitar, drums trio crosses our desk - and it's even rarer to hear such a formation explode with the kind of commanding vigor and infectious levity that the LA/Brooklyn bicoastal band Evil Genius embodies. Steeped in genre bending, wry wit, and dazzling virtuosity, this trio’s impressive debut, Bitter Human

Max Kutner - Guitar, Bass
Stefan Kac - Tuba
Mike Lockwood - Drums

"[Evil Genius] prove themselves a force to be reckoned with and have already staked claims as one of the most noteworthy new groups in weird-rock and non-jazz improvisation."-Connor Lockie, SLUG MAGAZINE

“Critically acclaimed experimental jazz-rock trio Evil Genius returns with their second full-length release, Experiments on Human Subjects on Orenda Records. This new collection utilizes an even broader palette of.

Alexander Noice - Voice, Guitar, All Extra Stuff
James Barry - Bass
Cory Beers - Drums, Glockenspiel

“Falsetto Teeth. A visceral reaction to the top 40 drone that plagues the current airwaves. Falsetto Teeth's mix of pop melody and intricate rhythm schemes makes them stand out like puppy love in the midst of a mannequin orgy.”

“When I first met Alexander Noice, I knew he was a special character and a brilliant musician, but when I first heard his brainchild, Falsetto Teeth, I...

Steven van Betten - Guitar and Vocals
Gregory Uhlmann - Guitar and Vocals
Patrick Kelly - Bass
Tim Carr - Drums and Vocals
Special Guest: Lauren Baba - Viola on "Cobwebs"

"It would be easy to overlook a new post-punk indie rock band from Los Angeles, but in the opening seconds their powerful self-titled debut, Fell Runner seizes their moment with infectious interlocking guitar riffs, seductive vocals, surging rhythm, rolling bass, and an noisy inter-continental vibe that could p

Evan Francis - Alto Saxophone & Flute
Michelle Amador - Vocals
Kenny Brooks - Tenor Saxophone
Matt Nelson - Tenor Saxophone
Kurt Kotheimer - Electric Bass
Tim Bulkley - Drums & Cymbals

"[The] Evan Francis Group comes off like a cross between a big band, a funk combo and an Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble. The leader's vibrant compositions, brainy yet approachable, tie the eclectic mix together."-Time Out New York

“I can visualize the spirits of Rahsaan Roland Kirk & Eric.

Randy Gloss - all percussion, composition, and production

*****5 STARS*****from LA Weekly
"Gloss is a true master of almost anything that can be hand-struck, which he so eloquently demonstrates with sounds and textures that blend together in a delicious confectionary for the ear." —L.A. Weekly

*****5 STARS*****from Percussive Notes
"This album is an opportunity to hear one of America’s great percussion virtuosi in a solo context in which Randy Gloss quite literally brings you a..

Randy Gloss - all percussion, composition, and production

*****5 STARS*****from LA Weekly
"Gloss is a true master of almost anything that can be hand-struck, which he so eloquently demonstrates with sounds and textures that blend together in a delicious confectionary for the ear." —L.A. Weekly

*****5 STARS*****from Percussive Notes
"This album is an opportunity to hear one of America’s great percussion virtuosi in a solo context in which Randy Gloss quite literally brings you a..

Vinny Golia - Bull Roarer, Zun, Singing Bowls, Gongs & Bells, Bass Drum, Sopranino, Bb & G Soprano, Tenor & Baritone Saxophones, Eb Flute, G, Eb & Contra Alto Clarinets, Fujara
Gavin Templeton - Alto Saxophone
Daniel Rosenboom - Bb Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Alexander Noice - Electric Guitar & pedals
Miller Wrenn - Acoustic and Electric Bass
Andrew Lessman - Drums & Percussion

For over a decade, The Vinny Golia Sextet has dedicated itself to the compositions of Los Angeles....

****4 STARS**** from All About Jazz
"Sprawling. Massive. Unapologetically ambitious. All over the musical map. But, somehow, not excessive...It's really a super-diverse stylistic smorgasbord of sounds, all delivered with the sort of heat and light that suffused the large ensemble music of Sun Ra and Charles Mingus."—Dave Wayne, All About Jazz

Ellen Weller - soprano saxophone, Bb clarinet, flute, piccolo
David Borgo - soprano and tenor saxophone, alto flute
Adnan Marquez - alto ..

Tony Atherton - Alto Saxophone
Bill Barrett - Chromatic Harmonica
Scot Ray - Slide Guitar
Dan Clucas - Cornet
Joseph Berardi - Drumset, Percussion
Steuart Liebig - Contrabass Guitars

“It has roots, from Ornette to boogie. It's avant, but it grooves. The players sound completely natural, like they ain't even trying, though they must be. The interplay flows. The harmonies spark. And mainly, it's fun. Talkin bout saxist Tony Atherton, harmonicat Bill Barrett, drummer Joe Berar

Peter Epstein – Alto Saxophone
Mitch Marcus – Tenor Saxophone
Mark Ferber – Drums
Sam Minaie – Acoustic Bass, Compositions

"Sam Minaie has quickly established himself as one of jazz's most exciting rising stars of both upright and electric bass. His compelling debut as a leader, Heyo!, features a band of heavyweight modern jazz innovators rollicking through mostly original compositions with fire, grit, and attitude, and a distinctive blend of jazz, rock, and world music that's as...

“James Newton has forged an eclectic career as a jazz flautist, conductor and composer. Here, he demonstrates his skills as a creator of sacred music with hints of jazz and roots in the modernist aesthetics.”-Gramophone Magazine

“This recording is contemporary classical music written by a composer whose lineage is of the rare group of classical and jazz composers who have influenced each other - Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, and György...

Jim Piela - Alto Saxophone
Joey Lamb - Trumpet
Bob Sabin - Bass
Josh Bailey - Drums

“As a young man, I came up musically in a small Midwestern scene, a town right on the Mississippi river. There was plenty of work so long as you could groove and play/write creative and compelling melodies, both of which became incredibly important to me. As I developed, though, I came to realize how my fear of what was unaccustomed had driven my life. It became increasingly important to me to..

Cathlene Pineda - piano and compositions
Kris Tiner - trumpet
David Tranchina - bass
Paul Kikuchi - drums

"Cathlene Pineda has the ears, touch and sound of a player decades beyond the date on her license – what a surprise to find that she is at the beginning of her career. Record companies, this is your wake-up call – She’s a player to watch…and a name to remember.” — John Schneider, KPFK "The Global Village"

“Los Angeles based pianist and composer, Cathlene Pineda’s second.

Cathlene Pineda, piano, compositions
Kris Tiner, trumpet
Ivan Johnson, bass
Tina Raymond, drums

“With a lush and introspective approach to the jazz, Cathlene Pineda and her quartet effortlessly glide from group melodic improvisation to composed rhythmic motives, incorporating elements of song form and classical composition, tonality and color.”

“A Week’s Time was written after complications in my father’s surgery left us uncertain as to whether he would live or die. Hours

Brian Walsh - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet
Daniel Rosenboom - Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Sam Minaie - Bass
Mark Ferber - Drums

“Brimming with cheeky humor and fearless creativity, Quoin tips its hat to the historic lineage of the modern, chord-less jazz quartet with an album that feels classic yet new, biting yet sweet, and that overflows with virtuosity and character.
Two prominent Los Angeles's wind/brass improvisers join forces with a formidable New.

Vicki Ray: piano, prepared piano, stylophone, voice, Andes 25
Scot Ray: lap steel slide guitar, electronics, live-looping

“Generally speaking, there is nothing remarkable about the idea of a brother and sister playing together. Images of children involved in some privately invented game spring to mind. In the case of brother and sister Scot and Vicki Ray, included in the idea would have to be playing music together in their Great Falls, Montana, living room, Scot on brass instruments...

Daniel Rosenboom - Trumpet
Artyom Manukyan - Cello and FX
Joshua White - Piano
Richard Giddens - Bass
Gene Coye - Drums
Gavin Templeton - Alto Saxophone (Disc 1 - Astral Transference)
Jon Armstrong - Tenor Saxophone (Disc 1 - Astral Transference)
Alexander Noice - Electric Guitar and FX (Disc 1 - Astral Transference)

*****5 STARS***** from All About Jazz
"...wildly ambitious... It's a fascinating blend and blur of the notated versus the improvised, and the

Daniel Rosenboom - Trumpet
Vinny Golia - Bass Clarinet and Gongs
Jake Vossler - Electric Guitars
Tim Lefebvre - Electric Bass and FX
Matt Mayhall - Drums

"Rosenboom again presents advanced conception and improv in equally large doses...enough musical ideas to fill up the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum... Book Of Stormsdoes nothing but strengthen Daniel Rosenboom’s reputation as a conceptual improviser of the highest order. Whenever you see his name near the words “Book of,”...

Jonathan Rowden - saxophones/electronics
Ryan Pryor - piano/rhodes
James Yoshizawa - drum set/percussion
Chris Hon - bass

“Los Angeles-based saxophonist and bandleader Jonathan Rowden is making some notable noise as a worthy player and conceptualist way out west, to quote Sonny Rollins. His group’s aptly named debut, Becoming, is a mix of unabashed emotionality, compositional breadth and occasional flights of free-ish fancy, adding up to an intriguing introductory mission statement..

Jonathan Rowden - saxophones/electronics
Ryan Pryor - piano/rhodes
James Yoshizawa - drum set/percussion
Chris Hon - bass

“Los Angeles-based saxophonist and bandleader Jonathan Rowden is making some notable noise as a worthy player and conceptualist way out west, to quote Sonny Rollins. His group’s aptly named debut, Becoming, is a mix of unabashed emotionality, compositional breadth and occasional flights of free-ish fancy, adding up to an intriguing introductory mission statement..

Ted Taforo - Saxophone, Keyboard
Anna Butterss - Upright Bass, Ukulele Bass
Jesse Quebbeman-Turley - Drums
Jake Sucher - Guitar, Laptop

"Snow Nerds has a bright, zippy sound and a warm sense of humor...[they] have an excellent rapport, and Sucher’s knotty melodies leave plenty of room for some excellent improvisation."-Lee Rice Epstein, Free Jazz Blog

“GUP LIFE, the vibrant and subversive debut of progressive jazz quartet SNOW NERDS, comes onto the Los Angeles improvised mus

Nick Obando - sax
Eli Wallace - keys
Aaron Levin - drums

"Sound Etiquette revisits an old, forgotten virtue from the earliest days of electric jazz, when an amplified keyboard alongside acoustic instruments played with pure instinct was synonymous with timbre-rich fuzziness and freedom."—Something Else!

“Sound Etiquette, the first calling from a brilliantly inventive trio based out of Oakland, CA, imagines a universe where the small-minded distinctions of musical genres becom

Derrick Spiva Jr. - Composer/Arranger
Ian Smith - Piano/Arranger
Christine Tavolacci - Flute
Paul Sherman - Oboe, English Horn
Brian Walsh - Clarinet
Maciej Flis - Bassoon
Gavin Templeton - Alto, Soprano, Tenor Sax
Allen Fogle - Horn
Daniel Rosenboom - Trumpet
Steve Suminski - Trombone
Randy Gloss - Tabla, Drums
Marcel Camargo - Guitar
Dimitris Mahlis - Oud
Hannah Arista - Voice
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Violin/Viola

"Music, for m

Gavin Templeton - Alto Saxophone
Joshua White - Piano
Richard Giddens - Bass
Gene Coye - Drums

*****5 STARS***** from All About Jazz
"Listening to this disc, one gets the sense that Templeton is baring his soul, playing as if his very life depends on it. And somehow, he's lined up a band with the same attitude. This is what sets Ballast apart. There's something going on here above and beyond the high quality of Templeton's compositions and the amazing musicianship throughout thi

Gavin Templeton - Alto Saxophone
Richard Giddens - Bass
Gene Coye - Drums

*****5 STARS***** from All About Jazz
"LA alto saxophonist Gavin Templeton's sophomore release as a leader, Some Spinning, Some At Rest represents the values of composition and free-improvising with equal fervor and expertise, and alongside double-bassist Richard Giddens and drummer Gene Coye, Mr. Templeton has documented one of the finest saxophone trio recordings in recent memory."—Robert Bush, All About Jazz

Chris Gillette - Tenor Saxophone
Brandon Sherman - Trumpet
Miguel Jimenez-Cruz - Drums
Zack Teran - Electric and Acoustic Bass, Vocals, & Electronics

“Zack Teran is a natural musician, with a beautiful sound and an empathetic approach. He’s an up and coming bassist and composer that Reno is lucky to call a local!”-Adam Benjamin, Kneebody

“Multi-talented bassist, composer and producer Zack Teran assembles a quartet of like-minded colleagues to present a strong original sound

David Tranchina - Bass & Compositions
Gary Fukushima - Piano & Wurlitzer
Trevor Anderies - Drums
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Argenta Walther - Voice

“Grey Sky, bassist and composer David Tranchina's debut album as a leader, is an impressionistic cycle of somnambulant movements that wander freely from a base in jazz to psychedelic ambience and beyond. An unmistakable sense of curiosity and exploration is prevalent throughout the seven pieces on the album and is shepherded by two wordless vocal...

"I do a lot of sketching. Always have. Every idea I have gets fixed in the medium it came to me. Some sketches are conceptual (what would happen if I did xyz?) and go in my notebook. Some sketches come to me at the piano and get notated on scoring paper. And some sketches result directly from getting my hands dirty with sound-sculpting while working at the computer with software, or with electronic gear like stomp boxes. Those get recorded in the computer.
"Over the past year or so a new theme...

Jake Vossler - Electric Guitar
Aaron McLendon - Drums

“Screaming harpies, preying mantises, and a needle drilling through the Earth's core? Sounds like metal to me! But what makes Jake Vossler and Aaron McLendon's guitar-drums duo opus Versus an incredible standout in the genre and beyond isn't its speed, brutality, or heaviness. It's the uncanny ESP on display, the immediacy of communication in improvisation, shared sense of imagination, and virtuosity not as instrumentalists, but as mind...

Brian Walsh - clarinet, bass clarinet
Colin Burgess - bass
Trevor Anderies - drums

"Experimental at heart and jazz in behavior. Modern jazz, a bit post-bop and a bit avant-garde, floats right along nicely until interrupted by theatrical vocalizations and dissonant clashes of instruments. An album with a sense of humor, where the jokes are just as likely to inspire contemplation as they are smiles."—Dave Sumner, Bird Is The Worm

“The Walsh Set Trio’s brand new album, Three, is..

Walt Weiskopf - Tenor Saxophone
Carl Winther - Piano
Daniel Franck - Bass
Anders Mogensen – Drums

“A major talent...a monster tenor saxophonist as well as a prolific composer and accomplished arranger.” – Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

"A consummate saxophonist, composer and arranger." – Zan Stewart, DownBeat

“Recorded at the conclusion of a two-week tour of Denmark, Norway, and Germany in January of 2016; U.S. tenor giant Walt Weiskopf has teamed up with three of Europe

Walt Weiskopf - Tenorsax
Carl Winther - Piano
Andreas Lang - Bass
Anders Mogensen - Drums

“Featuring jazz tenor giant, composer, author Walt Weiskopf, and three of Europe's most exciting rhythm section artists: pianist Carl Winther, bassist Andreas Lang, and drummer Anders Mogensen, the album showcases the confluence of the most sought-after and highly-acclaimed contemporary international jazz musicians of our time.
Recorded in Copenhagen at the conclusion of WWEQ’s Europea

Grant Calvin Weston - Drums
Jonathan Saxon - Congas, Mbira, Electric Mbira, Clave, Bells, Rainstick, Orchestral Bells, Bowed Cymbal, Cowbell, Berimbau, Shakers
Wayne Peet - Piano, Hammond B-3 Organ, Synthesizer, Clavinet
Steuart Liebig - Basses, Electronics, Loops

"An album that embraces familiar approaches, but doesn’t quite sound like anything else I’ve heard. Not exactly jazz, not exact rock, not exactly anything, Acceleration is a superb offering for anyone who is looking for

Matthew Yeakley - Guitar
Matt Politano - Piano/Rhodes
Cooper Appelt - Electric and Upright Bass
Aaron MacLendon - Drums
Zane Musa - Tenor Saxophone

"... jazz that grooves ("A Place to Call Home"), bops ("I Wish I Could've Known You Better") and takes chances ("Periculum N"). Yeakley's polished guitar style is what we've come to expect from the town that gave us Larry and Lee. It's a lot of music to drop on an unsuspecting public at once, but you can't have too much of a good t

Matthew Yeakley - Guitar
Matt Politano - Piano/Rhodes
Cooper Appelt - Electric and Upright Bass
Aaron MacLendon - Drums
Mike Cottone - Trumpet
Gina Saputo - Vocals (Deanna)
Jesse Palter - Vocals (Sadhana)

"... jazz that grooves ("A Place to Call Home"), bops ("I Wish I Could've Known You Better") and takes chances ("Periculum N"). Yeakley's polished guitar style is what we've come to expect from the town that gave us Larry and Lee. It's a lot of music to drop on an...