Addison Frei Trio

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Format: CD
Label: TCB The Montreux Jazz Label
UPC: 0725095355025
Catnr: TCB 35502
Release date: 06 April 2018
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TCB The Montreux Jazz Label
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0725095355025
Catalogue number
TCB 35502
Release date
06 April 2018

"... The result is a refined, lyrical and absolutely hearable piano jazz. Tip!  "

Inmusic, 21-9-2018
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Ever since Addison Frei (“Fry”) began playing piano professionally at age ten in local restaurants around Lawrence, Kansas, he has garnered accolades far beyond his years. The New York-based pianist has won first prize in several competitions including the 2017 Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition, the 2016 UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and the 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. He has released two albums on Armored Records, Intentions (2014) and Transit (2016), featuring frequent collaborator and Manhattan Transfer co-founder Janis Siegel. His latest recording on TCB Records-The Montreux Jazz Label will feature a new trio comprised of bassist Tamir Shmerling and drummer Mario Gonzi.

Frei also co-leads AMP Trio, contributing compositions to Three (2017), m(y)our world (2015), which rose to #24 on the Jazz Week charts, and Flow (2013). AMP Trio recently completed a Japanese tour and alongside vocalist Tahira Clayton, was selected as the winner of the DC Jazz Prix, earning a DC Jazz Festival performance in 2018. With his 2016 single and music video “Postcard”, Frei again teamed up with Clayton, this time expanding into a broader production palette. Following in this sonic path, he explored political themes in a digital EP, Future Speak (2017).

Frei currently holds the piano chair in the Juilliard Artist Diploma Ensemble, regularly performing and touring with the conservatory’s flagship jazz ensemble. In New York he has held residencies at the Kitano and the Cell Theatre. Frei performed a concert series at the 2017 Lucerne Piano Festival. He was also a featured soloist with Drew Zaremba’s Unity Orchestra in Dallas. Frei headlined the 2015 Wichita Jazz Festival and brought his group to the Dallas Museum of Art. He has toured alongside vibraphonist Christian Tamburr, Felix Peikli and Joe Doubleday’s “Showtime Band”, and the Charles Turner Quartet. His acclaimed compositions have earned him invitations to Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. Frei is a two-time recipient of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award sponsored by ASCAP. He served as musical director of B-Side Productions’ Adding Machine and The Wild Party.

A 2014 summa cum laude graduate of the prestigious University of North Texas Jazz Studies program, Frei traveled with the One O’Clock Lab Band to headline the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California and can be heard on Lab 2013. While at UNT he had the opportunity to perform with prominent jazz artists including Christian McBride, Mike Stern, and Peter Erskine. Frei also gave a duo piano recital alongside his mentor, Stefan Karlsson, featuring the music of Richie Beirach. In 2013 the faculty honored Frei with the Outstanding Undergraduate Jazz Studies Student Award.

In addition to performing and recording, Frei is an established clinician and educator, delivering invited lectures/performances the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the University of Kansas, the University of Central Florida, Wichita State University, Kansas State University, Baker University, the Verdi Conservatory of Torino, TUTS University and Pretoria University as well as numerous primary and secondary schools. Frei was a featured artist at the 2014 Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Dallas. He is presently a member of the Orlando-based Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, in their inaugural season under the direction of Rodney Whitaker. Addison Frei is a Yamaha Artist.

“Throughout this set, Addison Frei’s playing and compositions are so sophisticated and mature that one would never guess that this was his first recording. Seven of the first eight songs are his originals. Those are not merely quick melodies and chord changes that serve as the foundation for long solos. Instead, the songs often travel through several moods and the development is both unpredictable and logical. The emphasis is on thoughtful playing, close group interplay, concise and meaningful statements, and a lyrical ballad feel even during the more heated sections.”
— Scott Yanow, jazz critic/author
Der in New York lebende Pianist Addison Frei begann früh professionell Klavier zu spielen. Er gewann den ersten Preis bei mehreren Wettbewerben: den Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition 2017, den UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition 2016 in Pretoria, Südafrika, den American Jazz Pianist Competition 2015 in Melbourne, Florida, und den Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition 2012. Er hat bisher zwei Alben veröffentlicht, auf denen Janis Siegel, Mitbegründer von Manhattan Transfer und häufiger Mitstreiter, zu hören ist. Seine neueste Aufnahme bei TCB Records - Das Montreux Jazz Label präsentiert ein neues Trio mit Tamir Shmerling (Bass) und Mario Gonzi (Drums).
Frei ist auch Co-Leiter des AMP Trio, das Kompositionen zu Three (2017), m(y)our world (2015), das auf Platz 24 der Jazz Week Charts aufstieg und Flow (2013) beisteuert. Das AMP Trio absolvierte kürzlich eine Japan-Tournee und wurde zusammen mit der Sängerin Tahira Clayton zum Gewinner des DC Jazz Prix gekürt, der 2018 mit einem Auftritt beim DC Jazz Festival ausgezeichnet wird.
Als Absolvent der renommierten University of North Texas Jazz Studies reiste Frei 2014 mit der One O'Clock Lab Band, um das Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey zu leiten und ist auf Lab 2013 zu hören. Während seiner Zeit bei UNT hatte er die Gelegenheit, mit prominenten Jazzkünstlern wie Christian McBride, Mike Stern und Peter Erskine aufzutreten. Frei gab zusammen mit seinem Mentor Stefan Karlsson ein Duo-Klavierkonzert mit der Musik von Richie Beirach. Im Jahr 2013 wurde Frei von der Fakultät mit dem Outstanding Undergraduate Jazz Studies Student Award ausgezeichnet.
Neben der Auftritten und Aufnahme ist Frei ein etablierter Dozent, der Vorlesungen an der University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, der University of Kansas, der University of Central Florida, der Wichita State University, der Kansas State University, der Baker University, dem Verdi Conservatory of Torino, der TUTS University und der Pretoria University sowie an zahlreichen Primar- und Sekundarschulen hält. Frei war einer der Hauptakteure auf der Konferenz des Jazz Education Network (JEN) 2014 in Dallas. Derzeit ist er Mitglied des in Orlando ansässigen Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, das in der Eröffnungssaison unter der Leitung von Rodney Whitaker spielt. Addison Frei ist ein Yamaha-Künstler.
Addison Freis Spiel und Kompositionen sind in diesem Set raffiniert und ausgereift. Sieben der ersten acht Lieder sind seine Originale. Das sind nicht nur schnelle Melodien und Akkordwechsel, die als Grundlage für lange Soli dienen. Stattdessen durchlaufen die Songs oft mehrere Stimmungen und die Entwicklung ist sowohl unvorhersehbar als auch logisch. Die Betonung liegt auf durchdachtem Spiel, engem Gruppenspiel, prägnanten und aussagekräftigen Aussagen und einem lyrischen Balladenfeeling auch in den hitzigeren Abschnitten.

Scott Yanow

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New York-based pianist Addison Frei has won first prize in several competitions including the 2017 Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition, the 2016 UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, and the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida. He has released two albums on Armored Records, Intentions (2014) and Transit (2016), featuring frequent collaborator and Manhattan Transfer co-founder Janis Siegel. Frei also coleads AMP Trio, contributing compositions to Three (2017), m(y)our world (2015), which rose to #24 on the Jazz Week charts, and Flow (2013). AMP Trio recently completed a Japanese tour and alongside vocalist Tahira Clayton, was selected as the winner of the DC Jazz Prix, earning a DC Jazz Festival performance in 2018. With his 2016 single and music video “Postcard”, Frei again teamed up with Clayton, this time expanding into a broader production palette. Following in this sonic path, Frei explored political themes in a digital EP, Future Speak (2017). In New York, Frei has active residencies at the Kitano and the Cell Theatre. He currently holds the piano chair in the Juilliard Artist Diploma Ensemble, consistently performing and touring with the conservatory’s flagship jazz ensemble. Frei is presently a member of the Orlando-based Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, in their inaugural season under the direction of Rodney Whitaker.

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... The result is a refined, lyrical and absolutely hearable piano jazz. Tip!  
Inmusic, 21-9-2018

Piano trios are numerous on the musical jazz range, but the Addison Frei Trio is one of the top segments and is therefore a definite must!
Rootstime, 28-5-2018

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