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"It has been a pleasure to witness the development of Ryan as a musician, and person. His superb performance on his recently released CD (Hey Lovely), certainly validates his Maturity as an instrumentalist, band leader, composer and arranger. Do not miss it!" - Quote


"Do What You Love" ranges from more traditional song forms to the avant-garde. Meisel has flawless technique, he takes risks, and his tenor tone resembles those rich golden threads of the 1960' Coltrane. You can almost hear Meisel listening to his own playing on the extended solo passages, simultaneously strething and learning. He clearly leads this quartet and the vision of this record but allows his players, and himself, some room to breathe and grow. It works!
-Judy Brady - Rick's Cafe: www.rickscafe.org


Ryan Meisel has made a landmark album in his debut as a bandleader. This album, scheduled for a mid April release on Angel Magic Music and co-produced by A.J. Love, features original compositions in the old-school Jazz style recorded live at Cafe Assisi in Madison WI. Meisel is a musician and educator who has studied with Richard Davis and Les Thimmig and joins a long list of jazz musicians who have made startingly great recordings at a young age. - www.ozzyjazz.com


During this years festival, saxophonist Ryan Meisel recieved an Outstanding Soloist Award for his work with the Northern Illinois Univeristy Jazz Lab Band. - Outstanding Soloist Award


"The Leopold community would like to Thank Ryan Meisel for his contributions to the Leopold Elementary School music program. Ryan teaches a "Creative Music" after-school club for Kindergarten through second-grade students, and his fundraiser, "Jazz Jam for the Arts", has raised $2,000 for the Leopold music program." - Awards and Special Thanks


Ryan Meisel's Album, "Do What You Love!", has been nominated for this years Madison Area Music Awards Jazz Album of the Year. - Madison Area Music Awards


"Our friend and great sax player, Ryan Meisel, joined us for our first time playing at the Kazbar!"
-Leader of Red Chemist, Steve Resnick - Chicago, 7/30/2004


"Ryan Meisel is an exciting, up-and-coming jazz saxophone player. He continues to pay his dues going to jam sessions, club gigs, practicing and formal education. The future is his and I look forward to hearing his name on a national level." - G's Jazz Inc., www.gjazz.com, www.wortfm.org


CD Title: Motion

Year: 2008

Record Label: Self-released

Style: Various Jazz Styles

Musicians: Ryan Meisel (tenor, alto, & soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet), Celia Whiren (tenor & soprano saxophones, flute), Scott Coletta (piano), Scott Luman (bass), Shirazette Tinnin (drums), Kurt Boucek (trumpet)

Review: I am, alas, old enough to have noticed that every few years (or even months), somebody in a jazz or jazz-conscious publication will pen an article asking "Is Jazz Dead?" Or, next best thing, in the letter column of such a 'zine will include a letter from a somewhat bitter, curmudgeonly life-long jazz fan who contents recent waves of jazz signal the end of Western Civ or at least the end of his/her listening to new-ish music forever. I'm sure these précis aren't new -- I'm certain the coming(s) of Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Miles Davis going electric, and maybe even Benny Goodman signaled the End of Days. Well, let this curmudgeonly critic tell you The Way It Is: It's a lotta hooey. The mainstream revolution may not be televised, but it is in good hands. How do I know this to be fact? Read on…

Motion is a self-released/indie album A Ryan Meisel Collective, a jazz combo from the chilly Midwest USA (IL & WI) made of regionally-based players. Before some of you turn your noses up re: the factoid these hepcats aren't national or "established" names (i.e., them one reads of in dB, Jazz Times, etc.) don't let it concern you. Motion is simply a better-than-fine mainstream jazz disc, a boss offering no matter where it came from. Only the "mainstream" is mos def 21st century mainstream, not of 10, 20, or 30 years back. "Mainstream" has come to mean: established styles considered part of the norm, but to newer generations of players, the avant-garde, soul-jazz, and Mother New Orleans are as much part of that continuum as the bebop, hard bop and post-bop variants thought to be the mainstream. In other words, this isn't natty-guys-in-suits re-bop -- the Meisel Collective explore/embrace that jazz tradition and make it all their own.

Proof's in the pudding (odd expression, if you think about it): The surging opener "20 Revolutions Around The Moon" establishes a tidy early/mid-60s Hancock/Tyner-type groove before the saxes spread a stealthy, blues-laden theme and dance 'round each other a bit. Meisel and Celia Whiren's tenors get a little playfully "out" (a la George Adams) here 'n' there before locking into a insistent duo-goose/push groove. "Swang-a-Thang" finds the crew tipping their collective fedoras at that "gray area" of the swing-to-bop era of Coleman Hawkins and Don Byas. Tenorist Celia Whiren shines, her deep-toned muscular horn getting in touch with her inner Dexter Gordon without being all slavish about it. This 'un also visits N'awlins with a little old-school collective theme-ology and a tasty (and concise) drum solo that really goes to Crescent Square a la Ed Blackwell. "Motion" might be a mini-tribute to Lee Konitz (Motion is considered one of LK's best discs), featuring as it does a furtive Peter Gunn/film noir-type melody with a touch of jolly skronk. "Come Back To Me" is a standard-type non-standard, Meisel's soprano rich with restless but classy swagger.

Also, think you not as this be an indie production that it lacks "production values" -- the aural quality is crisp, warm 'n' clear and the drums sound like you're literally a few feet from the bandstand.

Artist's E-mail: ryanmeisel@hotmail.com - www.Jazzreview.com


Discography

Method to the Madness-2007
Motion-2007
Hey Lovely- 2005 (airplay 89.9 Wort Madison)
Live at Madison's Center for Creative and Cultural Arts- 2004
Do What You Love- 2004
Revolutions- 2003
Live Themes- 2002

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"Motion is a self-released/indie album A Ryan Meisel Collective, a jazz combo from the chilly Midwest USA (IL & WI) made of regionally-based players. Motion is simply a better-than-fine mainstream jazz disc, a boss offering... the Meisel Collective explore/embrace that jazz tradition and make it all their own."

-Mark Keresman, Jazzreview.com

A creative, energetic, charismatic front-man, Ryan presents his music with a skill and artistry that leaves audiences excited to hear more. Whether it is a quintet, trio, or any number of different ensembles, no matter the venue, Ryan Meisel's shows are a must see.

Now residing in the Milwaukee area, Ryan has fronted groups regionally and frequented the many jam-sessions in Chicago and Milwaukee.

Original compositions make up the majority of Ryan's performances with a heavy repertoire of tunes covering the entire history of Jazz. Ryan performs mainly with his working quintet of drums, bass, piano and vocals. Current ensembles include, Ryan Meisel trio and Quintet with 2 horns. Ryan's latest project is a collaboration with blues vocalist/saxophonist Celia Whiren. They are headed to the studio spring 2008 to record a hot blues demo!

Ryan received a degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin Madison and recently earned a Master's of Jazz Studies from Nothern Illinois University (2007).

While in Madison Ryan had the pleasure of studying with legendary bassist Richard Davis. At NIU Ryan studied with Ron Carter, Steve Duke, Rodrigo Villanueva, Fareed Haque, and Art Davis.

As a recording artist Ryan has five independently produced albums with the most recent being the Ryan Meisel Collective's "Motion" which features all of Meisel's own compositions and arrangments.

Ryan appeared at the 2005 Isthmus Jazz Festival-Madison, 2005 Dedication to the Overture Center Madison, 2004 Jazz in the Park- Milwaukee, 2003 Jazz at Five Madison.