"The title—R Train on the D Line—implies not just a transference but also a partial disregard for rigid institutional structures. These leading improvisers work around concepts that Groder, a meticulous composer, painstakingly develops over time; that he allows such a free exchange of ideas in the readings of his pieces belies the nature of his planning process. Taken together, these elements create a unique ecosystem where consistency and spontaneity coexist."
"Throughout his career, Groder has created idiosyncratic compositions that are both challenging and accessible. He writes with a literary type of intelligence and a virtuosic understanding of instrumentation. The work that this trio has produced is an unusual amalgam of tradition, free improvisation and minimalism. Even in the silences, there is nothing wasted here. One would hope that R Train on the D Line generates more attention for Groder, who has inexplicably flown too far under the radar despite his long being one of the finest composers and musicians on the New York scene."
~Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz
"the trio seems to shift effortlessly through multiple changes, expanding and contracting and never losing their balance. In many ways this is a perfect trio, balanced just right, sounding like they have been together forever. This is a trio that is not afraid to take the subtle or lyrical side at times yet remains endlessly inventive no matter what." ~Bruce lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
"The three expand and contract amid matched flurries and make economical, spry music that occasionally veers into like hues – while not exactly a suite, there are snatches of commonality between these vignettes, in the hum of comparable actions or lines that pick up where a previous trace left off. Even as they coil and uncoil these narrow treads, it’s difficult not to marvel at the clarity of Groder’s “classic” tone and natural pacing, laconic incisions that are reminiscent of someone like Paul Smoker... Exhibiting a rangy calm yet continually smoldering with activity, R Train on the D Line is as fine an example of trio communication as I’ve encountered in recent memory." ~Clifford Allen, Jazz Right Now
"Bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Jay Rosen are both back on board, providing the trumpeter with the sort of active, poly-directional support that fits pointedly with the leader’s exploratory aims. Shared history works as a catalyst for interplay of a high order in an eight piece program that celebrates Groder’s compositional acumen while leaving the door wide open for the extemporaneous decisions of his partners. Groder is free to soar, dive and spiral; his smudged and slurred arcs evincing a comparative emancipation from rhythmic gravity." ~Derek Taylor, Dusted Magazine
"They are giants on their instruments, and stand at 100% the service of the music. That Groder a still relatively unknown trumpeter, is absolutely incomprehensible. Someone with such fine tone, which conjures up cliché-free improvisations and strong writing pieces, deserves attention. Much more attention."
~Herman te Loo, Jazz 'Halo
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released March 20, 2016
Brian Groder, trumpet & flugelhorn
Michael Bisio, double-bass
Jay Rosen, drums
Where a downspout would hang, a stoic chain
landing three stories straight from bank house eaves,
netting wind's docile drops and channeling
miniature rivers crossing shingles
a soggy distance from foundation's edge
You are the chain perhaps, and I the rain.
Catching hold, tempering from wild places
a duet created running your links,
hear our song through your negative spaces.
Or do I wear you down, down; red rust rub
of salty spray, mildew years, achy days
till strength I break, falling heavy to mud,
wind-water music turned sole lonesome thud.
all compositions by Brian Groder, Glyphs Music BMI
recorded November 10th 2014 at Parkwest Studios, Brooklyn, NY
recorded, mixed & mastered by Jim Clouse
art by Robert Ryan ~ Robert Ryan Art on Facebook
(cover art: R Train on the D Line / inside art: Retooled Logic)
Holding Rain poem by Rhonda Arnold rondaarnold.wordpress.com/poems
graphic design by Audrey Yeow
produced by Brian Groder
special thanks to The Louise Grayson Foundation
copyright 2016 Latham Records Limited Edition
all rights reserved for both artwork & sound recording.