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Jeremy Udden

Academic journal article Notes

Jeremy Udden

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Jeremy Udden. Plainville. Fresh Sound New Talent FSNT 330, 2009.

Saxophonist Jeremy Udden steps out as a leader for the second time on this highly unusual album, one that will inevitably be placed in the jazz racks but which does not actually bear much relevance to that tradition. The album is named after Udden's Massachusetts hometown, and it features on the cover an old photograph of a general store in the center of town. If all of this leads the listener to expect a sort of exercise in pastoral nostalgia, well, that is about right. Whereas jazz arrangements usually consist of a composed "head" (often a twelve-bar passage with A and B parts) followed by solos and then a recapitulation of the head to close the piece, the pieces featured on Plainville are (or at least seem to be) rather tightly composed throughout. There are solos, but they are quite limited, and the general mood is contemplative and at times quite unapologetically sentimental. …

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