For Us, The Living is a project to honor tradition through innovation.
For Us, The Living II: Marcescence is the second recording in this series. All of the compositions recorded on this album were written by living composers.
This is a dedication to the musical giants upon whose shoulders I stand. Rather than re-interpret and re-perform long-standing works, I wish to extend the timeline of jazz with new compositions and performances by the best living composers and musicians today.
- Andrew Hadro
Baritone Saxophone (All Tracks), Clarinet (1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13)
Bass Clarinet (1, 7, 8, 10), Flute (1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13)
Grand Piano (All Tracks), Fender Rhodes (Track 4)
Percussion (Tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13)
Recorded April 19th & 20th, 2016
Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered in Brooklyn, NY
by Michael Perez-Cisneros at Big Orange Sheep
Co-Produced by Andrew Hadro & Julian Shore
"…this new release is deeply moving and full of emotion… just listen to the marvelous mix of reeds and percussion on the 4:37 “Alexis“, and you’ll hear why I say that… sweet work, to be sure! The light touches on “Due Course” make for perfect listening – but be sure you listen to this with your headphones on (at least for the first sitting), so you can catch every little nuance – of which there are plenty. My personal favorite of the thirteen Andrew offers up is the ever-so-gentle, yet somehow fiery, “Throughout“…"
-Dick Metcalf, rotcodzzaj.com
“Rather than follow the path of bop-oriented bari blazers…Hadro prefers to play the baritone saxophone in a soft, beautiful, subtle way. And rather than waiting around to be signed to a label, he’d rather do it himself”
-Bill Milkowski, DownBeat Magazine
“Andrew Hadro teams up with Julian Shore/p-key and deliver a mix of free flowing originals along with some modern creations to create a gorgeous and sublime musical tapestry. At a time when intuitive music tends towards cacophony, Hardo wisely steers clear of all pitfalls, using his serene baritone to create rich impressions…”
-George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
“Andrew Hadro’s approach to the baritone sax is one of subtlety and elegance, a style harking back to the soft-edged playing of Gerry Mulligan. As a composer, however, he’s a conceptualist with a gaze fixed squarely on the future. …Hovering between profound serenity and churning intensity, the song seems content, ultimately, to keep listeners suspended in the balance.”
-Brian Zimmerman, Jazziz.com
“Stunning and sensitive, with pictorial arranging.”
-Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, AllAboutJazz.com
“Andrew’s baritone sound wonderful as a lead instrument and Marcescence is a meaningful release.”
-O’s Place Jazz Newsletter