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It's been a busy past few months. Been playing a lot of one-off gigs with different folks around Chicago. Working on writing and arranging music for a new quartet with Keefe Jackson, Josh Abrams, and Frank Rosaly. New band, new tunes, gonna be recording this Winter. Along with playing some original compositions, we're going to dig into tunes by Tristano, Monk, Konitz, and others. Looking forward to seeing this band work.
I have a few tours coming up this Fall. Later in September I'll be heading out to the West Coast for a few weeks with Kyle Bruckmann's quintet Wrack. In addition to playing shows in and around San Francicso, Portland, and Seattle, Wrack is set to record it's third album. Look out for this! Kyle is an amazing composer. In November I'll be heading to Europe for my second solo tour. I'll be playing a bunch of concerts with different folks, as well as some solo shows. Some additional dates are still being finalized, but here is the tour schedule as it stands now.
Tuesday, November 16th. Bern, Switzerland. WIM Bern. w/ Jurg Solothurnmann.
Thursday, November 18th. Luzern, Switzerland. w/ Urs Leimgruber.
Friday, November 19th. Berlin, Germany. Aufsturz. w/ Edoardo Marraffa and others TBA.
Saturday, November 20th. Cessena, Italy. Area Sismica. Jason Stein Solo.
Sunday-Tuesday, November 21-23. Italy concerts. info TBA
Wednesday, November 24th. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Zaal 100. w/ others TBA
Thursday, November 25th. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. OT301. solo + duo with John Hughes.
Friday-Sunday, November 26-28. Stockholm, Sweden. solo and with David Stackenas. details TBA.
The new Locksmith Isidore record Three Kinds of Happiness is set for release on November 16th on Not Two Records. I'm super excited for this album to come out. It's kind of a new beginning for this band, with more of a focus on stylized composition and improvistion. Roebke and Pride sound amazing. This record is definitely our best work yet. Stay tuned for more on this...
Some recent reviews/press:
Downbeat September 2010-Locksmith Isidore. Live at the Chicago Clean Feed Festival
. "Stein, Roebke, and Pride fed on the chamber-like intensity of the sparsely intimate space with a brilliantly tight set". -Michael Jackson. DB
Jazziz Summer 2010-Jason Stein Solo In Exchange for a Process
"In Exchange for a Process features harsh squawks and squiggles reminiscent of European saxophonists Evan Parker, John Butcher and even Peter Brotzmann." -Phil Freeman. Jazziz
All About Jazz-New York. Bass clarinet feature on two albums by Jason Stein and two with Rudi Mahall.
"(Stein and Mahall) have taken bass clarinet as their sole axe and they make a convincing case for the scope it can cover and the benefits of specialization." -John Sharpe. AAJ-NY