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Criss Cross Jazz congratulates Lage Lund with his win in the category Rising Star - Guitar of the 68th Annual Down Beat Critics Poll. Complete results of this year's election can be found in the August 2020 issue of Downbeat Magazine.
On February 15, 2019 we released Terrible Animals (Criss 1402) by Lage Lund, his fifth album as a leader for Criss Cross Jazz.
Lage Lund recorded his first album Early Songs ((Criss 1307) for Criss Cross Jazz in 2007. After that he followed on over the years with Unlikely Stories (Criss 1321), Foolhardy (Criss 1360), Idlewild (Criss 1376) and the already mentioned Terrible Animals (Criss 1402).More ....
On June 2, 2020 we are releasing From Here To Here (Criss 1405) by David Gilmore.
This release is a tribute to my father and our grandpa Gerry Teekens Sr, founder of Criss Cross Jazz who passed away October 31, 2019.
Jerry Teekens Jr, Bo Teekens, Amber Teekens.
The notion that nothing spurs the creative process like a deadline fully matches the back story of David Gilmore’s second album for Criss Cross, on which the 54-year-old guitar master navigates eight never-recorded compositions of both recent and older vintage, and a pair of well-wrought covers.
With great regret we report that mr. Gerry Teekens, founder and head of Criss Cross Jazz, died on October 31st 2019 at the age of 83.
On May 6, 2019 After Life (Criss 1404) by Noah Preminger has been released.
In his program notes to his second Criss Cross album, After Life master tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger writes that, as per the title, the seven original songs on the date "pertain to a world that we may inhabit when we leave Earth."
Terrible Animals is perhaps the most compositionally ambitious and daringly performed of Lage Lund's five albums on Criss Cross.
Matt Brewer's third Criss Cross leader album, Ganymede, follows a pair of inspired ensemble recordings (Mythology. Criss 1373; Unspoken, Criss 1390), for which the master bassist convened some of the most accomplished individualists of 21st century jazz to interpret original music that showcased Brewer's sophisticated compositional skills, lyric gifts, and state of the art chops.
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