In a jazz climate that rewards neo-conservative tributes and far-flung exercises in deconstruction, Trumpeter and composer David Weiss distinguishes himself through finding novelty and flexibility in mainstream jazz.
In 1996, recognizing a lack of serious new jazz writing, Weiss recruited young, first-call New York musicians and composers to form the New Jazz Composers Octet. With their passionate rendering of thoughtful arrangements and firm rooting in tradition, the collective quickly established itself as the “sound of the new jazz mainstream” (Ben Ratliff, NYTimes) and was praised for their ability to “stretch hard bops kind-of-unstretchable formula (Jim Macnie, Village Voice).
His arrangements/transcriptions have appeared on over 80 albums. Highlights include albums by Abbey Lincoln, Freddie Hubbard, and Rodney Kendrick, Alto Legacy with Phil Woods, Vincent Herring, and Antonio Hart, and a Rahsaan Roland Kirk tribute album entitled Haunted Melodies featuring Joe Lovano, Donald Harrison, James Spaulding, and many others.
David Weiss- Trumpet
Raffi Garabedian- Tenor Sax
Ben Eunson- Guitar
Will Bernard- Guitar
Matt Clohesy- Bass
Kush Abadey- Drums