Saxophonist/composer Pete Mills' brand new release, Sweet Shadow marks the follow up to his critically acclaimed Fresh Spin (3½ stars Downbeat magazine) and his debut on fellow Canadian, Cory Weeds' Cellar Live Records. The project features some of the brightest voices in jazz today, guitarist Pete McCann, drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Martin Wind and a new voice, pianist and Columbus OH native, Erik Augis. Sweet Shadow is an exciting romp through a modern jazz landscape full of twists and turns and includes nine original compositions and two free form Duos (with Matt Wilson). Mills also continues his exploration of the Ellington/Strayhorn songbook with a unique version of The Star Crossed Lovers and pays tribute to saxophonist Rahassan Roland Kirk in a trio version of his most famous tune, Serenade to a Cuckoo. Sweet Shadow captures Mills and the band at their best and is easily his finest release to date.
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News and Upcoming Performances:
Summer is looking great with some fantastic shows upcoming-Gahanna Creekside Festival, Easton Sounds of Summer and a full season of Jazzoo w The Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Check out the Performance page for details!
Check out the fantastic review of Sweet Shadow in April's edition of DownBeat magazine. A link to the digital version is here: Sweet Shadow in DB
Pete is interviewed for the Straight no Chaser Jazz Podcast. Check it out here: Striaght no Chaser
JazzTimes calls Sweet Shadow "a stellar recording" Read about it here: SS in JazzTimes
Dan McClenaghan has wrtten a nice review in AAJ about Sweet Shadow. Read is here: SS Review at AAJ
A very nice review of Sweet Shadow by Jordan Richardson in a very cool webzine
He really gets the concept of my CD. Thanks Jordan!
Sweet Shadow is profiled on Allaboutjazz.com!
Check out my YouTube Channel for session and concert video: check it out
The PMQ is back at The Park Street Tavern in Columbus OH every Tuesday in 2014 starting at 8:30pm for our weekly jam session. Bring your horn!