10 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

After growing up in the Hudson River Valley and attending Berklee (where he nabbed the guitar department’s Jimi Hendrix Award), rising-star guitarist Nir Felder immersed himself in the NYC jazz scene, playing and recording with bandleaders Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Esperanza Spalding, and many others for the last eight years. Now he finally leads an impressive quartet (pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Nate Smith) through a set of original tunes on Golden Age. Setting a tone that this won't be your typical jazz-guitar affair, the album opens with the band playing a buoyant rock melody alongside snippets from various speeches (“Sketch 2” and a reprise at the end also do this). The group maintain a lyrical bent throughout, with lengthy solos eschewed in favor of short group segments that shift organically from one idea to the next. The ebb and flow of “Lover” illustrates this particularly well, as does “Bandits.” Those hoping for the guitarist to do something flashier or more “jazz-like” can turn to “Ernest/Protector,” but the slow, drifting “Code” shouldn’t be overlooked either.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

After growing up in the Hudson River Valley and attending Berklee (where he nabbed the guitar department’s Jimi Hendrix Award), rising-star guitarist Nir Felder immersed himself in the NYC jazz scene, playing and recording with bandleaders Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Esperanza Spalding, and many others for the last eight years. Now he finally leads an impressive quartet (pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Nate Smith) through a set of original tunes on Golden Age. Setting a tone that this won't be your typical jazz-guitar affair, the album opens with the band playing a buoyant rock melody alongside snippets from various speeches (“Sketch 2” and a reprise at the end also do this). The group maintain a lyrical bent throughout, with lengthy solos eschewed in favor of short group segments that shift organically from one idea to the next. The ebb and flow of “Lover” illustrates this particularly well, as does “Bandits.” Those hoping for the guitarist to do something flashier or more “jazz-like” can turn to “Ernest/Protector,” but the slow, drifting “Code” shouldn’t be overlooked either.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27 Ratings
27 Ratings
Jazzstocks ,

Powerful Music

I've been following Nir's playing for several years as a sideman with such people as Greg Osby, Tim Kuhl, David Weiss, etc. I was struck initially by his unique sound and approach; he really doesn't sound like anyone else as an improviser. I heard bits and pieces of his own compositions over the past years and was hopeful his solo release would be as unique and powerful as his playing. It is and then some. This is a recoding that just about any fan of music would find something to like. The songs are varied, melodic, and memorable. There is plenty of great playing from all of the band, but the songs are the focus. Nir and the band pull off the tricky task of hiding how difficult some of the music is. They all really are a new breed of musician - able to pull from about any genre authentically but still able to sound like themselves.

This is musician who has lots to say with his music.

cassada ,

Golden Age

Great tunes and arrangements. Modern Jazz melodies that you sing in your mind even days after hearing, yet I remain surprised every time I listen. Nir has his own style but you can hear the influences of Kurt, Pat, and even to my ears Radiohead… The band is stellar I hope I can get a chance to see they guys on tour soon! These guys sound like they can get the music off the stage!

Nrous004 ,

Amazing album

This long awaited album is nothing short of greatness, great debut album by Nir Felder and amazing performances by all the players

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