“Freebird” by Walking Distance feat. Jason Moran garners NY Times best-of and more!

Freebird, the new record by Walking Distance feat Jason Moran, produced and mixed by me, has been out now for a few months and has garnered quite a bit of praise.

It was named to the “Top 20 Jazz records of 2018” by the New York Times. The Times also covered the record in their annual “Fall Arts Preview” as well as their “Playlist” column.

Bird is the Worm named the record #2 in his Top 50 of 2018 and also appeared on numerous other 2018 Best-of lists. Bird is the Worm says: “Everything about this album is representative of everything that is great about jazz.”

Also thrilled for many more positive coverage from media, blogs playlists and podcasts from the likes of DownBeat Magazine (2 reviews: print and e-newsletter editor’s pick,) Jazz Times, Jazziz, Financial Times, All About Jazz,, Jazz Bastard Podcast, BandCamp Daily, Club de Jazz, Via Jazz, Jazz Trail, MondoJazz, Modern Jazz Today

“Sound[s] ageless” and “Utterly fresh” – New York Times

“Throughout Freebird, Parker’s signature eighth-note triplets and bold chromatic turns emerge and just as quickly disappear as the bebop icon’s canon is cleverly, and lovingly, mutated.” – Downbeat Editor’s Pick, Oct 2018

“I wouldn’t have thought that a re-envisioning of Parker’s music could reach the heights of Rudresh Mahanthappa’s excellent 2015 release Bird Calls, but this offering from Walking Distance has me wanting to shout this recommendation from the rooftops. I can’t possibly recommend this album enough.” – BandCamp Best Jazz of Sept 2018

“It’s like hearing these tunes in a dream state, where an occasional real-world fact shows up just in time to anchor an otherwise otherworldly narrative.” – Jazziz. Also in Jazziz Winter 2018 playlist

“There isn’t a jazz fan out there who doesn’t recall the visceral thrill of hearing a Charlie Parker solo for the first time. That electric charge bleeds through every note of Freebird.” – BandCamp Daily

Buy or stream the record here:

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Dred Scott Trio back at Mezzrow November 18

The Dred Scott Trio, with Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums, returns to Mezzrow, the West Village jazz club picking up the slack left by Bradley’s, on Sunday November 18 with two show at 8 and 9:30 pm.

Dred Scott Trio
Sunday November 18, 8 & 9:30
163 W 10th St, basement
New York, NY 10014

“Dred Scott Rides Alone” album release show this Sat Oct 13

Come out to the Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 this Saturday October 13 at 8:30 to celebrate the release of Dred Scott Rides Alone on Ropeadope Records. Join Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums as we play the new record in its entirety as well as some DST classics.

Dred Scott Trio
Saturday October 18, 8 & 9:30
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3

185 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
(212) 477-4155
 Buy or stream the record here:

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Today is Release Day for Walking Distance ft. Jason Moran & Dred Scott Rides Alone

Big day for me today. Two records I worked hard on are reaching your earholes!

First up is Freebird by Walking Distance feat. Jason Moran, on Sunnyside Records. As the producer and mixer of this record, I worked super-hard on this one. Here’s a brief description:

Freebird, the new recording from Walking Distance, uses the music of Charlie Parker as a springboard – creating modern, contemporary, humorous and vital music, powered by acclaimed pianist Jason Moran. By enlisting Grammy-nominated producer/mixer Ben Rubin to construct a unique sound palate for each song, Freebird became an epic journey of a record, each song its own world. This combination of virtuoso performances and sonic storytelling has resulted in an album that retains the sound and feel of acoustic jazz while setting a new standard for the way jazz records can sound.

Buy or stream the record here:

Bandcamp       Spotify        Apple Music

Next up is Dred Scott Rides Alone, on Ropeadope Records, in which Dred Scott plays all the instruments on a feel-good jazz record. Piano. Bass. Drums. As you probably know, I play bass in Dred’s band, but on this record, I am but the mixer. Do yourself a favor and check this record out. From the label:

Dred’s new album, Dred Scott Rides Alone, was recorded in rural northern California. Dred wrote all the songs and played all the instruments. It is a standard jazz piano trio format – piano, bass and drums. The songs, written during an artist residency at the UCross Foundation in Wyoming, are sublime, perhaps Dred’s most accessible and gentle writing and playing in his storied career. Dred Scott Rides Alone stands as a mature and melodic statement of life, love and the pursuit of beauty.

Buy or stream the record here:

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Dred Scott Trio heads back to Ohio and Buffalo

The Dred Scott Trio (Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums) heads west to play a weekend of shows in Cleveland, OH Akron, OH and Buffalo, NY. Join us if you live in the area!

Friday July 13, 7pm
Blu Jazz+
47 E Market St, Akron, OH, 44308
(330) 252-1190

Saturday July 14, 7pm
Pausa Art House
47 E Market St, Akron, OH, 44308
(716) 697-9075

Sunday July 15, 7pm
12387 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH, 44106
(216) 795-0550

Today is Release Day for “Deja Voodoo” by Rivers on Mars!

I mixed Deja Voodoo earlier this year and I’m excited for this Ropeadope release to reach your earholes! The label says it best:

The sax man with eclectic plans is back! Avram Fefer plays with the most unique of ensembles, and after delivering his Big Picture Holiday release he has returned with a new project – Rivers On Mars. Avram has teamed up with Greg Tate (Burnt Sugar Arkestra, Black Rock Coalition), On Ka’a Davis (Sun Ra Arkestra), and Chris Eddleton (Red Baraat) to create an edgy and explorative abstract and gravity-free groove. Their new record, Deja Voodoo, is self described as ‘trance-inducing waves of interstellar melody; splashes of searing guitar and harmonic counterpoint; loops and sonic mayhem bubbling up spontaneously via laptop surging above a deep riverbed of rhythm liberated from the earthly traditions of jazz, funk, trip-hop, and afro-beat’. This is a journey to the inner and outer regions, folks.

Go get this one!

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LOWER POWER makes its debut in Tompkins Square Park this Sat June 23!

Guys, I’m super-excited to announce that I’m playing bass in a new punk band called LOWER POWER. The songs, by Pat Daugherty, are off-the-charts good and we’re gonna make a record real soon. Jon Heagle will be on guitar and Gintas Janusonis on drums.

The show is in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village at 2 pm on Sat June 23. Be there!

Dred Scott Trio plays Mezzrow Wed February 28

The Dred Scott Trio, with Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums, will play Mezzrow, in New York’s West Village, on Wednesday February 28 with two shows at 8 and 9:30 pm. The show will web-stream via their website.

Dred Scott Trio
Wednesday February 28, 8 and 9:30 pm
163 W 10th St, basement
New York, NY 10014

  1. Bigment *producer/mixer/engineer* *jazz movie* Walking Distance feat. Jason Moran 4:22
  2. Wicked *performer/co-writer/producer/mixer/engineer* *trip-hop* Mudville 4:27
  3. Businessman of the Heart *producer/bassist/mixer/engineer* *loud rock n roll* LOWER POWER 3:05
  4. Manifest (Benny Cha Cha Remix) *bolly-hop* Karsh Kale 6:09
  5. Someone Else *performer/producer/mixer/engineer* *electronica* Mudville 4:12
  6. Simple Ghilnooorty *producer/mixer/performer/engineer* *jazz meets nine inch nails* Walking Distance feat. Jason Moran 3:20
  7. Deja Vu (Benny Cha Cha Remix) *hip-hop* Killah Priest 3:53
  8. My Favorite Waste of Time *producer/performer/mixer/engineer* *dance pop* Marshall Crenshaw feat. Keva Hargrove 3:10
  9. The Hero Of The World *performer/co-writer/producer/mixer/engineer* *trip-hop* Mudville 4:29
  10. "Long Distance" - End Credits *composer/producer/performer/mixer* *film score* Ben Rubin feat. Michael Blake 1:19
  11. Be Free *producer/bassist/mixer/engineer* *punk rock* LOWER POWER 4:04
  12. Beautician's Blues (Live @ New York Botanical Gardens) *bassist/mixer* *blues* Paul Josephs Blues Band 5:27
  13. Today Means More *producer/bassist/mixer/engineer* *country* Stripmall Ballads 3:19
  14. Fantasia *mixer* *electric bossa* Shawn Baltazor 4:29
  15. "Someone Else" - Opening Titles *composer/performerproducer/engineer/mixer* *film score* Ben Rubin 1:39
  16. Pussy (Benny Cha Cha Remix) *hip-hop* Brazilian Girls 5:41
  17. Goodbye America *mixer* *light jazz/rock* Dred Scott 6:25
  18. "7x6x2" - End Credits *composer/producer/perfomer/mixer/engineer* *space western rock film score* Ben Rubin 4:33
  19. Doggie and Cookie *bassist/mixer* *jazz* Dred Scott Trio 6:46
  20. When I'm Writing (Benny Cha Cha Remix) *hip-hop* Killah Priest 4:30
  21. On the Other Side of Time *mixer* *space jazz* Caleb Wheeler Curtis 2:10
  22. Goodbye Blue Sky (Benny Cha Cha's Hee-House Remix) Luther Wright & The Wrongs 4:03
  23. That Lick I Invented *bassist/co-producer/mixer* *jazz* Dred Scott Trio 6:12