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The Off​-​Off Broadway Guide to Synergism

by Tyshawn Sorey

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torzano I usually stay away from standards albums as they have been done to death. This is different. I haven’t heard standards this fresh in a long time. They blur the lines of melody/chord progressions/tempo/bar lines to create something completely new. The telepathy between each other and the looseness in which they play reminds me of the second great Miles Davis quintet. This album is like a revelation. Not to be missed.
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Dan Levy An instant all-timer, this is a generous 3 1/2 hours of four musicians taking a Jazz Gallery audience to the furthest reaches of the standards repertoire. Tyshawn and company show their respect to the compositions through thorough investigation. Totally entertaining and guaranteed to rewire your consciousness.
Favorite track: Ashes.
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Mob Job 07:18
Ask Me Now 11:22
Ashes 12:07
Mob Job 07:09
Solar 09:00
Ask Me Now 11:40


The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism is a blazing three-volume set recorded live at The Jazz Gallery in New York, featuring drummer Tyshawn Sorey’s trio with special guest alto saxophonist Greg Osby. Increasingly celebrated for his notated works in the contemporary classical realm – Sorey was recently called “composer of the year” by The New York Times – and generally associated with the avant-garde, Off-Off Broadway is a return to his musical roots: a celebration of collective improvisation over well-known jazz standards.

Featuring his trio of pianist Aaron Diehl, best-known for his association with singer Cécile McLorin Salvant; bassist Russell Hall, who has played with Wynton Marsalis and Joey Alexander; and Osby, whose illustrious four-decade long career includes 14 highly-acclaimed releases on the Blue Note record label. One of those, Banned in New York, which captured the rough and tumble of his quartet in a live setting and is considered by many to be among his finest – is an inspiration for this release. Mesmerism, Sorey’s earlier trio foray with its curated selection of jazz standards that also features Diehl, is something of a sister release. But whereas that album is elegant, pristine, and jewel-like, The Off-Off Broadway Guide is raw, fiery, and intense. The band plays with wild abandon, careering seamlessly from one song to the next, a true spontaneous combustion of master musicians uniting through the common language of improvisation.


released November 4, 2022


Night and Day by Cole Porter (WC Music), Please Stand By by Greg Osby (Copyright Control), Chelsea Bridge by Billy Strayhorn (Billy Strayhorn Songs /Reservoir Media Music), Three Little Words by Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar (BMG Bumblebee / Songwriters Guild of America OBO Harry Ruby Music / Edwin H. Morris & Co.), Mob Job by Ornette Coleman (Phrase Text Music), Ask Me Now by Thelonious Monk (Thelonious Music), Out of Nowhere by Johnny Green and Edward Heyman (Sony /ATV Harmony), Ashes by Andrew Hill (Hendon Music), Jitterbug Waltz by Fats Waller (Chappell & Co.), It Could Happen to You by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke (Sony /ATV Harmony), I Remember You by Victor Schertzinger and Johnny Mercer (Sony /ATV Harmony), We'll Be Together Again by Carl Fischer (Warner Bros Music, a Division of Warner Bros Inc.), Contemplation by McCoy Tyner (Aisha Music, McCoy Tyner), Solar by Miles Davis (East St. Louis Music, Inc. / Jazz Horn Music)


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Tyshawn Sorey New York, New York

Tyshawn Sorey is celebrated for his virtuosity and an extraordinary ability to blend composition and improvisation in his work. He has performed internationally with his own ensembles, as well as artists such as John Zorn, Vijay Iyer, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith, Marilyn Crispell, Claire Chase, Jason Moran, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, Myra Melford and many others. ... more


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