06.03.2010 - Multi-instrumentalist and composer Nick Rosen boasts an impressive resume many artists would envy. In his short career, he has already recorded, performed and/or toured with the likes of jazz luminaries, including legendary bassist Henry Grimes, reedsman Bennie Maupin, and saxophonist Arthur Blythe, and also a variety of acclaimed artists such as Macy Gray, Esthero and Perry Farrell. At the age of 25, the Los Angeles native is ready to strike out on his own with his soul-bearing album Into the Sky,
debuting July 20 on Porter Records.
Rosen describes his first full-length offering as being "a musical celebration of the interconnectedness of all people and places. The songs are by themselves their own universe," he says, "but at the same time they are all connected to the idea of togetherness, and to forming one beautiful, magical entity".
With influences like Sam Cooke, John Coltrane, and The Beatles, Rosen is aware of the amount of heart that goes into creating music, and delivers just that on Into the Sky
On the album, Rosen offers up an array of musical instruments including guitar, Rhodes piano, upright and electric bass, and synths, as well as his vocals on three tracks. Contributing piano, violin, viola and upright bass to the album is performer, producer and arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Ray Charles/John Cale/Flying Lotus).
Chuck full of melodic tunes, Into the Sky
forms a solid backdrop for Rosen's musical journey. With the track "Winter Into Spring" he delivers a folksy and fun tune that uses his ex-girlfriend as inspiration, while the original title track, "For People" has been best described as "hauntingly Alice Coltrane with a twist of Leonard Cohen".
There is currently a West Coast tour in the works for Rosen to support Into the Sky
About Nick Rosen: Nick Rosen is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader residing in Los Angeles, CA. In 2002, he played a pivotal role in helping jazz legend Henry Grimes back onto the scene after a 35-year absence. Rosen, a student of Grimes, also played in a band with him that featured Nels Cline (of Wilco), Vinny Golia, and Bobby Bradford. He has been featured on the front page of The L.A Times, and in many major publications including The Hollywood Reporter, Jazz Times, L.A. Weekly, and Vanity Fair. He is currently the music director at Bardot in Hollywood, CA and has shared a stage with popular artists such as Perry Farrell, Macy Gray, Esthero, and Sam Sparro. He currently plays regularly with Build an Arc, The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and his own Nick Rosen Quartet.