Jason Rosenblatt Quartet – Ottawa CD release of Wiseman’s Rag
Saturday, December 12, 2015
7:30 PM – $20
Klezmer harp player rediscovers blues “At one of the clubs, he saw harmonica whiz Jim Zeller. “I would sit in the club and listen, and I would have a harmonica in my pocket, and when he was done with his set, I would run outside and practice the various licks that I heard,” Rosenblatt said. He went on to study with Howard Levy, a master of the diatonic harmonica. “Everything he played on the instrument was radically different, and it went beyond my expectations of what the instrument can do, and I said to myself, ‘I have to play like that,’” Rosenblatt recalled.” CJN, December 2015
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Jason Rosenblatt takes the harmonica to new places, inspired by early jazz and blues. “The Montreal pianist and vocalist will release the CD in Ottawa on Saturday at GigSpace. And up front and centre will be his harmonica – which was the primary reason he made this CD. Rosenblatt said he’s one of the few musicians who can play a blues (diatonic) harmonica chromatically – that is, in the standard chromatic scale used on Western instruments like the piano”. Dec 2015 Alayne McGregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca
Featuring genre-busting harmonica, Jason Rosenblatt’s, Wiseman’s Rag delivers a slightly twisted take on blues, roots and early jazz. Composer, pianist and vocalist Jason Rosenblatt is one of the world’s foremost harmonica innovators. A disciple of master Howard Levy, his performance on the unassuming instrument helped open new musical ground for the instrument long associated with “the blues,” into art forms as diverse as jazz, bluegrass, klezmer and Turkish music.
Rosenblatt, best known for his work with Montreal-based Shtreiml, with whom he has recorded four albums and toured internationally, eschews the group’s Eastern-European inflections and instead turns to the sounds of the Mighty Mississippi for inspiration. With hues of Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair and Sonny Boy Williamson, Rosenblatt’s all original repertoire is gritty but performed with good humour. Featuring Joel Kerr (bass), Evan Tighe (drums) and Cordell Henebury (guitar)