Playscape Recordings to Release Ted Levine's Night Sounds September 9th

LONGMEADOW, MA -- Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the September 9th release of versatile reed player Ted Levine's Night Sounds (PSR#J072602), a collection of 13 spontaneous musical conversations with pianist and Playscape labelmate, Peter Madsen. The All Music Guide called the pair's only previous outing-a performance of Duke Ellington's "Star-Crossed Lovers" on Levine's 2001 Playscape debut, event #6 (PSR#J080600)-"a real treat," and Night Sounds reunites the two veteran musicians to further explore and document their musical chemistry. The duo's eclectic music, featuring Levine on soprano and alto saxophones as well as bass clarinet, reflects their penchant for both creative listening and creative improvisation.

"The skill and technique they exhibit bring words like extrasensory perception to mind, " writes music journalist Ken Waxman in the Night Sounds liner notes. "Creating together, each listens carefully to the other and directs his output in such a way that distinguishing the spontaneously invented from the preconceived is nearly impossible. You can't dispute that something like the brief 'Anion,' with its intimation of positive charges meeting negative charges, reflects how the two meld opposite impulses into a greater whole in their partnership, on that tune and elsewhere on the disc."

A self-described "player who teaches," the Western Massachusetts-based Levine is a professor of jazz history and saxophone at both Westfield State College, where he also directs the Jazz Lab Band, and Holyoke Community College. He also teaches at Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges and regularly participates as an adjudicator and free improvisation clinician at International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) events and jazz festivals. The founder and leader of the East Wind Sax Quartet, Levine has performed in a variety of contexts over his long career ranging from classical music to big band swing to free jazz. He has performed with musicians like Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Knepper, Elaine Elias, the Springfield Symphony Pops, and the Jeff Holmes Big Band, among many others, and was a BET Jazz Discovery in 1996. Madsen, who also recorded in a duo with Playscape founder/guitarist Michael Musillami on 2002's Part Pitbull (PSR#J122001), released his solo piano debut, Sphere Essence: Another Side of Monk (PSR#J010303) in late May.

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  • Artist / Group Name: Ted Levine
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