Mike Baggetta Quartet

Mike Baggetta Quartet

 New York City, New York, USA
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Seeking to reinterpret the state of the American Song through a 21st century filter, the Mike Baggetta Quartet performs Baggetta's original pieces with an intense focus on melody, group interaction and fearless improvisation.

Biography

Seeking to reinterpret the state of the American Song through a 21st century filter, the Mike Baggetta Quartet performs Baggetta's original pieces with an intense focus on melody, group interaction and fearless improvisation. This ensemble features saxophonist Jason Rigby, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer George Schuller. Mike's compositions for this ensemble draw inspiration from sources as varied as Keith Jarrett's "American Quartet", Leonard Cohen, Edward Hopper and Ornette Coleman. 'Small Spaces', the debut recording from the Mike Baggetta Quartet, is out now on Fresh Sound New Talent records, with 'Source Material', their second album for the same label, coming soon in 2011.

Guitarist Mike Baggetta is one of his generations most original jazz improvisors and composers. It has been said that his performances are "totally compelling" (Jazz Journal - UK), "his melodic sense is truly beautiful" (Jazzreview.com) and that "each piece he performs creates new worlds of possibilities" (The Hartford Courant). Mike Baggetta recently received an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award for his compositional talent, and the first album of his works for the Mike Baggetta Quartet, Small Spaces, has recently been released on the Fresh Sound New Talent label. In addition to leading the Mike Baggetta Quartet (featuring Jason Rigby, Eivind Opsvik and George Schuller), Mike co-leads Tin/Bag, a new music duo with California trumpeter Kris Tiner. Baggetta has had the pleasure of performing and/or recording with Tom Harrell, Conrad Herwig, Cameron Brown, George Garzone, Adam Kolker, Ralph Bowen, George Schuller, Jeff Hirshfield, Ken Filiano, Jamie Baum, Tony Reedus, Steve LaSpina, Bill McHenry, Matt Wilson, Ron McClure, Lukas Ligeti, Joe Fonda, Kevin Norton, Bucky Pizzarelli and Ruth Brown among many others. Originally from Agawam, MA, Baggetta's musical studies have been insightfully guided by Ted Dunbar, Vic Juris, Stanley Cowell and Jim Hall. He has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, Town Hall and many other leading concert venues worldwide. Mike currently lives in New York City and is an endorsing artist for D'Addario Strings and Evans Custom Amplifiers.

"Blessed with a refined approach and solid technique...Mike Baggetta has the potential to break the mold of post-John Scofield plectrists." - Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

"This is a superb band...outstanding, and the performances are totally compelling." - Andy Hamilton, Jazz Journal (UK)

"Guitarist/composer Baggetta is one of those subtle players. He does not overwhelm you with volume or seek to impress with fleet-fingered improvisations. Instead, each piece he performs creates new worlds of possibilities...utilizing approaches from many different genres but never sounding derivative of any one person or school." - Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant

"Rare is the young musician who fuses avant garde and postbop mettles so effortlessly - Small Spaces is a refreshingly unsafe approach to modern jazz." - Clifford Allen, All About Jazz NY

Discography

Small Spaces (2009, Fresh Sound New Talent, FSNT 339)
Source Material (2011, Fresh Sound New Talent, FSNT 387)