Came across this recordings by total coincidence. Lester Young or Dexter Gordon popped up as my points of reference regarding her tone: full, smooth, and mellow - so tenor-ish. I'm baffled and will put it on repeat ...
Felicidades por la música ! .Tus composiciones me han gustado mucho y el sonido y temple que le has sacado al tenor junto con tus compañeros me han encantado .
Favorite track: Another Bliss.
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JUMP is the debut album from astounding tenor saxophonist and composer Julieta Eugenio, who began her music journey in Argentina before relocating to New York City almost a decade ago. At the height of the pandemic, Eugenio began collaborating with bassist Matt Dwonszyk and drummer Jonathan Barber, meeting regularly to workshop her music. The trio soon developed an intricate trio chemistry forged around Eugenio’s brilliant and insightful compositions. Once it was safe to do so, the group hit the studio and recorded eight originals that cover a range of sentiments, from the introspective “Tres” to the ambiguously funky “Raccoon Tune.” The strength and maturity of Eugenio’s tenor concept comes across on two standards that round out the album; “Flamingo” and “Crazy He Calls Me.” This group takes the tenor-bass-drums trio configuration to new heights, covering a broad sonic palette and cementing Eugenio’s reputation as a composer and saxophonist.
released March 4, 2022
Julieta Eugenio, tenor saxophone
Matt Dwonszyk, bass
Jonathan Barber, drums
Executive Producer: Dave Douglas
Producer: Julieta Eugenio
Recorded March 30, 2021 at Big Orange Sheep Recording Studios in Brooklyn, NY
Recording, mixing, and mastering by Michael Perez Cisneros
Photography by Nicolas Manassi
Graphic design by Lukas Frei
All compositions by Julieta Eugenio (Julieta Eugenio Music / BMI) except:
“Flamingo” by Ted Grouya & Edmund Aderson (Grouya Publishing Int. & Edwin H. Morris & Company / ASCAP)
“Crazy He Calls Me” by Carl Sigman & Sidney Keith Russell (Music Sales Corporation / ASCAP)
“Eugenio's tenor tone is round and polished as she plays about sadness with an ever-present tint of hopeful[ness].”
- Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
"Its emphasis on composition and sophistication over speed and brawn is refreshing and Eugenio’s clear tone and passionate temperament are what make it happen."
- Elliott Smith, NYC Jazz Record
"An admirably focused effort that often evokes the calm at the center of a storm."
- Nate Chinen, WBGO Take Five
"She plays with the poise of someone who has spent years on the bandstand ... JUMP stands out as one of the most promising debut albums I’ve heard in a long time.”
- James Hale, SoundStage Experience ★★★★
“Jump is an auspicious debut. Most newcomers try to dazzle with tone, soloing technique, and deliberately complex compositional chops. Conversely, Eugenio offers carefully expressed, seamless solos that shine inside diverse, welcoming compositions that showcase her understated yet infectious and commanding musicality.”
- Thom Jurek, All Music ★★★★
"Jump is ... an ode to finding peace in most trying circumstances."
- The Big Takeover
"[Eugenio] can play with aggressive volubility, but she's as adept at purring warmly on a ballad....Eugenio wisely lets the music unfold patiently and grants it space to blossom and breathe."
"Eugenio makes the most of every opportunity … bringing the intensity level up and down, increasing and decreasing her velocity but always maintaining a fundamental sense of melody."
"As if attuned to the changing of seasons, JUMP ushers in a soundtrack for the springtime. The tunes are light on their feet, unleash melodies that dance as if carried upon a breeze, and land gently when they hit the ground. With bassist MMatt Dwonszyk and drummer Jonathan Barber tenor saxophonist Julieta Eugenio offers up a promising debut, providing facets of her Argentina roots and her new home in New York City."
- Bandcamp Daily, Best Jazz on Bandcamp - March 2022
"On her debut recording, tenor saxophonist Julieta Eugenio establishes an original, relaxed and ruminative approach."
- Downbeat ★★★★
"A mesmerizing, hypnotizing 10-track manifesto of trio brilliance."
"JUMP is a debut album with big ambitions. It seeks to combine the atmosphere of very different places, as well as blending diverse musical styles and influences – while spreading a profound message of inspiration too."
- Free Jazz Blog
Argentinian saxophonist Julieta Eugenio has been active on the New York City music scene since 2015 and has performed with
Johnny O’Neal, Eric Reed, Leon Parker, Bertha Hope, Tardo Hammer and Phillip Harper. Her debut album, JUMP, will be released in March 2022 by Greenleaf Music and will feature Julieta’s brilliant and insightful original compositions as well some choice jazz standards....more
This is a wonderful album! Dave Douglas is one of my heroes. He's more than a great musician. He has a vision for the music and a feeling for putting together a group which is unique. So, beside Joey Baron (another heavyweight and one of my absolute favourite drummers) he invited some young cats to this session. They play just great and make sure that this music sounds totally fresh, whilst at the same time being deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. Florian Arbenz
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