Blue Cranes - Swim blue vinyl lp with download card (due to size and weight, this price for the USA only. Outside of the USA, the price will be adjusted as needed)
This is an extremely high-quality vinyl version of this fine album, and, of course, the extremely eye-catching cover artwork looks just wonderful in this larger size. Plus, it's the Blue Cranes, so we pressed it on beautiful, translucent blue vinyl! It includes a download coupon for the digital version of the music. Limited edition, one time-only pressing of 500 copies, of which the band took 200.
"One of Portland's brightest lights."– Downbeat
"Says more than most singer-songwriters—without any words at all." – Willamette Week
"A truly unconventional approach to improvised music that puts other third-streamers to shame" – WNYC
"A strong focus on ensemble playing over individual virtusity" – Dave King (The Bad Plus)
"This is that album that you leave in your car stereo for a month on purpose." – Scott Borne, music director WWOZ
"The first time I saw Portland's Blue Cranes live, I walked away trying to compare what I'd seen to anything I'd encountered before. I couldn't do it, and I still can't - the band is a force of nature.... Call it "creative music" or "post-jazz" or whatever you like, but the Blue Cranes sound is steeped in the ideas and concepts of jazz....a beautifully improvised sonic experience." – NPR/A Blog Supreme
Since their formation in 2007, Blue Cranes have become a key player in the Portland, Oregon creative music/DIY scene and one of the most exciting groups to keep tabs on in the Northwest. They’ve developed a singular musical voice grounded in melody and explosive improvisations—marking off their unique microcosmic territory in “post-jazz/jazz-not jazz” circles, ala comparable bands like The Bad Plus, The Claudia Quintet, Happy Apple, Wayne Horvitz, Janel & Anthony, etc.
The members of the quintet –
Reed Wallsmith on alto saxophone,
Joe Cunningham on tenor saxophone,
Rebecca Sanborn on keyboards,
Keith Brush on double bass,
Ji Tanzer on drums –
bring a wide array of various musical experiences to their group-centered aesthetic. The band take an evolutionary step forward on their fourth full-length release.
Swim is a departure from Blue Cranes' previous, and in some ways simpler, albums. More than half of the album incorporates arrangements for a string trio, and other tracks include other musical guests - cementing the group's love affair with a lush sonic palette.
The sounds on Swim, both churning and calming, will please fans of adventurous jazz and avant-garde new music and mark the ripening moment of a band who have been working towards this moment for years.
Here is a video of the band working with Wayne Horvitz - rehearsing one of the tracks on the album