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Album Review

Tenor saxophonist Brian Patneaude and his quartet display a strong group aesthetic on their debut disc, Variations. Patneaude has a lithe, controlled sound not unlike Michael Brecker, and guitarist George Muscatello's snakelike intensity brings to mind both Pat Metheny and Pat Martino. The duo makes solid use of harmonically complex dual guitar/sax arrangements urged on by drummer Danny Whelchel and bassist Ryan Lukas. Muscatello's fascination with avant-garde guitarist/composer Leo Brouwer takes center stage on a few cuts, while Patneaude pays homage to modern sax giant Joe Lovano on "Jolo." There is a softness to Variations, a sensitivity to melody and harmonic color, that belies an improvisational muscularity. This is a highly accomplished debut recording that truly is the sum of some excellent parts.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Born on August 8, 1974, in Schenectady, NY, jazz saxophonist Brian Patneaude originally played drums in his high-school rock band, the ironically named Fusion. Going from metalhead to jazzer, Patneaude was introduced to the music of David Sanborn and Michael Brecker by his band director and soon began serious jazz studies. Eventually attending the College of St. Rose, Patneaude graduated in 1996 with a degree in music education. Since then, the tenor saxophonist has performed with such varied artists...
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