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"The Vintage Modernists—Cityscape"

As we converge with the consonance of unique sounds of jazz, they leap forward into uncharted territory in this universal soundscape. Often times, it seems that musicians channel these ideas with a concoction of mainstream rhythms, beats, off-centered patterns, programming tools, knotted textures and melodically complex tones produced by an array of contrasting voices these days is truly a learning experience to behold.

At this juncture, I’m ecstatic once again to discover an eclectic new voice in post-modern jazz era. You know where musicians gravitate to their childhood influences and mesh them with a range of alluring sounds from places like the Rockies to the insecurity and challenges of the concrete jungle of LA to form a new voice The Vintage Modernists and their intriguing new project titled “Cityscape.”

Hailing from the majestic yet stunning beauty of Rocky Mountains West, the esteemed voices of Daniel Weidlein (saxophones, EWI, effects), Erik Miron (guitar, effects), and Cameron Hicks (drums) gather to articulate their intricate voice in the broadening body of jazz. They’re currently based in Los Angeles, CA not to take anything away from the enchanting Rock Mountains West, LA offers them a more diverse venue to emboss their indelible signature to a wider audience.

Accomplish musician, composer and saxophonist Daniel Weidlein the leader of the trio at 21 expresses himself effectively through the warm-steel reminiscent of another horn player name John Klemmer on the opening piece fittingly titled “Wyoming Sun.”

As jazz enthusiast, let’s get right to it we tend to be rude to new artist emerging on the scene. However, TVM is a prime example of young voices coming together to speak eloquently with distinct expressions with an unexpected combination of instrumentation by in large through the linage of their own creative voice on saxophone, guitar and drums. No, that’s not the usual formula to attract listeners to involve themselves with sumptuous rock melodies which in this case collates well within the framework of odd-metered jazz textures layered piece by piece to shape this unassuming template of songs like “Stillwater Valley, Pathetiques – Part 1 and Cityscape” all three are integral and significant to this offering.

As usual, I’m enthralled with meeting surreal sounds you know the one that dwells in the harbor of beauty that contains symmetrical lines and tones that aches with passion on the translucent “East River Photograph.” In a sense, the underlying message here envelopes the sentiments where pure and mysterious emotions are divulged to beckon the listener for a few more spins.

Meanwhile, as a listener the elements employed on “Open Road” expands their interplay to even the playing field compositionally for this talent cast. As a unit, their creative spirit prevails as the free-flowing energy among themselves elevate their intimate voices generationally as soloist, and composers. The canvas on this engaging twelve song palette is immersed with a collection of original, organic and rock influenced gems wrapped in a conduit of experimental textures outlined with the sobriety of a mature jazz musician.

In reality, chances are “Cityscape” want fit your father’s idea of what a trio jazz album should sound like. In essence, it warms my soul when artist like The Vintage Modernist utilize their own ideology to encompass similar shapes, tones and artifacts suitable for exchanging ideas by their forefathers in this body of work to cultivate it in fertile ground tied to the homage and emotional ties paid to the Rocky Mountains West. Therefore, I’m excited with the remaining tracks available on this album and also about the future for this group. Perhaps there’s more to come, as they learn, work and personalized a unique and uncluttered soundscape and defied the odds with their own charismatic voices in the frame of their debut titled “Cityscape.” –Rob Young - The Urban Flux


"Flott jazz vid kajen"

Gitarristen vars namn blivit kvartettens är från Luleå, har studerat vid musikhögskolan i Piteå, och bosatt sig i Göteborg.

Trumpetaren Dan Johansson bor i Luleå och spelar i huvudsak med Norrbotten Big Band. Trummisen Christian Sundeqvist från Örnsköldsvik har studerat på Framnäs folkhögskola och musikhögskolan i Piteå och är bosatt i Uppsala. Basisten Arne "Basse Hagström från Piteå förestår både Framnäs jazzlinje och musikhögskolans kandidatutbildning i jazz.

Låtar från debutskivan "Meetings", inspelad i Studio Acusticum, dominerade låtlistan som även rymde en och annan gammal goding i eget arrangemang.

Bland jazzdiggarna på kajen syntes tre unga killar från USA. Gitarristen Erik Miron, saxofonisten Daniel Weidlein, och trummisen Cameron Hicks utgör Vintage Modernists.

Trions bandnamn anspelar på den slags musik de spelar, de blandar gammalt och nytt från lite olika håll och tillför elektroniska effekter. Även de har nyligen gett ut sin första skiva. Både den och deras spelningar har fått många fina lovord från kritiker och musikerkollegor.

Själva lovordade de kvartetten de just lyssnat på och förklarade i munnen på varandra vad som var så bra:

- Gitarristen hittade verkligt läckra toner och basisten är jag också imponerad av, sa Erik Miron.

- Trummisen tog precis som de andra ut helt personliga svängar och ändå höll alla musikerna ihop och spelade som ett band, sa Cameron Hicks.

- Ja, och vilken trumpetare! Allt de gjorde var bra, sa Daniel Weidlein.

Trion har tillbringat några dagar i Piteå och åker hem ikväll, nöjda med att både vara festspelspublik och festspelsakt.

Jazzkonserten på flotten varade i en knapp timme och entrén var gratis. - Piteå-Tidningen


Discography

"Cityscape" by The Vintage Modernists (2012)
-Played on terrestrial and internet jazz radio stations around the USA

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The Vintage Modernists are Daniel Weidlein (saxophones, EWI, effects), Erik Miron (guitar, effects), and Cameron Hicks (drums). Based in Los Angeles, but all hailing from the Rocky Mountain West, this eclectic group combines post-modern jazz with elements of the avant-garde, funk, and post-rock music. The band has performed regularly around the Los Angeles area and is finishing up its debut album. For more information on the group, please visit www.reverbnation.com/vintagemodernists.

Daniel Weidlein is a young but accomplished saxophonist whose playing credits includes: Bob Mintzer, Vince Mendoza, Frank Wess, Yosvany Terry, Ambrose Akinmusire, John Gunther, Taylor Eigsti, Clare Church, John Gunther, The Air Force Falconaires, the Thornton Jazz Orchestra, the Concert Jazz Orchestra, the Colorado All-State Jazz Band, The Metropolitan Jazz Band All-Stars, the Colorado Mile High All-Stars Jazz Band. His awards include the Stan Getz Outstanding Musician Award from the Stanford Jazz Festival, a merit award from the NFAA Young Arts national arts competition, as well as numerous awards from jazz festivals around Colorado. Weidlein is becoming known as a versatile recording artist in the Los Angeles community and has recorded on hip-hop projects, independent film scores, Bollywood films, and traditional jazz recordings.

Drummer and composer Cameron Hicks is a promising young musician based out of Los Angeles. Originally from Denver, Cameron began to study drums at the age of eight. Cameron has played with many great artists such as Larry Koonse, David Roitstein, Darek Oleszkiewicz, Vinny Golia, Greg Gisbert, Pat Bianchi, Dominic Lalli, Jeff Jenkins, Eric Gunnison, Mark Simon, Lannie Garrett, Richard Giddens, Brian Wilson, and Sam Yulsman among others. He has won many awards from various jazz festivals, music camps, and competitions including being selected as a member of the CCJA Jazz Arts Messengers to perform at the 2008 International Association for Jazz Education conference in Toronto, Canada.

Erik Miron is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer. Growing up in Seattle, Washington and Billings, Montana, his music bears the influence of the natural, wide-open spaces he once called home. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he immersed himself in jazz, post-rock, and experimental textures. He spends his days writing and performing with the Vintage Modernists and and many others, always looking to explore