New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Aaron Comess official website)
Respected jazz & rock drummer/multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Aaron
Comess has confirmed a July 11th sextet concert at Smoke Jazz in New York City. Comess has long ties to jazz, and has played with such greats as Roy Hargrove, Brad Meldau, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Roswell Rudd, Arnie
Lawrence, Deanna Kirk and more. As a member of the group New York Electric Piano (for the past 10 years,) Comess and band-mates scored a Top 10 jazz album with their most recent CD. Comess is currently studying with legendary drum master Michael Carvin.
At Smoke Jazz on July 11th, The Aaron
Comess Sextet plans a straight-up jazz concert with a focus on his favorite material from the 1960s, some original music and more. The terrific band will feature:
Comess - Drums
Barney McAll - Piano
(Dewey Redman, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Garrett)
Danton Boller - Bass
(Roy Hargrove, The Village Vanguard Orchestra)
Steven Bernstein - Trumpet
(Leader of Sex Mob, the Millennial Territory Orchestra
, Levon Helm)
Erik Lawrence - Saxophone
(Chico Hamilton, Hipmotism, Sonny
Sharrock, Levon Helm)
Mike Moreno - Guitar
(Joshua Redman, Meshell Ndegeocello. Nicholas Payton)
2751 Broadway New York, NY 10025
Sets: 7pm, 9pm & 10:30pm
No music charge
Comess has had strong roots in jazz since his early musical life. As far back to the 1980s, he was Best Jazz Soloist for two consecutive years via Downbeat's High School Student Awards. Then, when attending arts magnet school in Dallas, jazz groups he played in won Best Big Band and Best Small Group for three years in a row. Comess went on to attend Berklee College of Music
on scholarship, and then attended The New School Jazz Program in NYC. He comments: "I've always had a true love for listening to and playing jazz that has filtered in to all the work I have done since. I love playing songs just as much as I love to improvise, and the freedom that comes from playing jazz music is something I very much love to do."
"I'm excited to get this group of musicians together for the Smoke Jazz shows. We've all played together in different groups over the years and I'm certain the chemistry is going to be something special. We're going to be focusing on some of my favorite material, mostly from the 1960s -- The innovation and quality was so high in this period of jazz, and we are looking forward to exploring this material with our own twist on things. We will also include some of my originals of my 2 records "Catskills Cry" and "Beautiful Mistake".
Comess also happens to be the drummer and a founding member of the multi-platinum-selling SPIN DOCTORS, and recently celebrated the band's 20th Anniversary of their smash CD 'Pocket Full of Kryptonite' with an acclaimed CD reissue and world tour.
Comess won wide acclaim for his powerful 2011 solo CD, 'Beautiful Mistake'. Veteran writer Jack Goodstein praised via BLOGCRITICS, "This may be instrumental rock at its base, but if it is, it clearly demonstrates the creative variety skilled musicians can build on that base." Other critics described the music as "engagingly dramatic, wildly entertaining," as having "a complicated, concurrent brilliance," and focused on specific tracks as building "in intensity and style, adding funk and volume until it's ready to blow out the top." The track "Past, Present and Future"…quite literally, comes crashing down in a heap of feedback, cymbal bashing and shuddering reverb. It's one of the loudest, best things on a very interesting record."
Comess deftly created sweeping songs that were emotive without words, leaving his commanding drum work and the 'voice' of his band's electric guitar (Teddy Kumpel) and bass (Richard Hammond) to weave a dramatic soundscape. Comess is the drummer and a founding member of the multi-platinum-selling SPIN DOCTORS, and the band recently celebrated the 20th Anniversary of their smash CD 'Pocket Full of Kryptonite' with a double-CD release and world tour that generated huge press coverage. Comess plays drums on Joan Osborne's critical acclaimed new CD "Bring it on Home", and has just returned from a U.S. tour with her.
He will appear on Edie Brikell's upcoming release later this year as well as entering the studio to complete a new album with jazz trombone player Roswell Rudd. Comess also has many other records completed, which will soon be released from an eclectic group of artists later this year.
He is a musician's musician, long respected as a collaborator who has played on, co-written and/or produced over two hundred albums with an acclaimed and diverse roster of artists including Osborne, Isaac Hayes, Marc Cohn, Bilal, Rachael Yamagata, James
Maddock and more. In addition to the Brickell CD, other upcoming and/or recent work includes Phil Ramone, Andrea Bocelli, David
Foster, Malcolm Burn and Natasha Bedingfield. Comess is active in the local NYC rock, jazz, experimental music scenes and singer songwriter circuits, and records and produces at his 'His House Studio' in the East Village. As a member of the band New York Electric Piano, Comess had a Top 10 CD on the CMJ charts. Comess has successfully navigated the tricky music industry for over 20 years, managing to keep his original band (Spin Doctors) together, build an active career as a sideman/session player/producer, and make his own records as a composer/leader. With 'Beautiful Mistake', he shines as a songwriter and continues to distinguish himself. Visit Comess' eclectic Discography to get a sense of the wide range of projects he's been involved with over the years, from Chris Whitley's final album to Joan Osborne's 'Righteous Love' to a dozen releases as a member of Spin Doctors: http://www.aaroncomess.com/discography.htm
Small sampling of Aaron
Comess solo press coverage:
Read the expansive MODERN DRUMMER interview feature, here:
RELIX MAGAZINE - CD REVIEW 12/11 By Fady Khalil
MEDLEYVILLE.US interview feature by Chris Junior:
BLOGCRITICS - CD Review 5/11 BY JACK GOODSTEIN
SOMETHINGELSEREVIEWS - SNEAK PEEK TRACK 5/11 By Nick DeRiso
WILDYSWORLD - CD Review - By Wildy Haskell, 5/11
Other key press coverage here: