Character Study

feat. Tim Hagans (trumpet), Gary Versace (piano), Jay Anderson (bass) & Bill Stewart (drums)

Voted as a ‘rising star’ in the 2018 Downbeat Critics Poll, renowned saxophonist & composer Andrew Rathbun adds to his portfolio of stirring original albums this winter, with the release of Character Study on Steeplechase Records.

Joined by Tim Hagans (trumpet), Gary Versace (piano), Jay Anderson (bass) & Bill Stewart (drums), the album showcases a sound rooted in modern jazz but deeply informed by classical composition.

Saxophonist, composer & Toronto native Andrew Rathbun has achieved a rare depth of lyricism, authoritative swing and compositional intelligence in nearly 20 years as a recording artist.

The New York Times’ Ben Ratliff described Rathbun as “an industrious saxophonist and imaginative composer-arranger” and it’s his work with large ensembles that’s seen him collaborate with the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, the Metropole Orkest, amongst others.

This latest album – inspired by questions of integrity, decorum & fact in America – features yet another extraordinary line-up and shows, yet again, why he’s hailed as one of the top composer-arranger-performers today.

Rathbun earned a Masters in Performance from Boston’s New England Conservatory, where he studied with George Garzone, Jimmy Giuffre and George Russell. He became a fixture on the New York jazz scene during his years in Brooklyn, helping to shape the sound of the music in the new millennium as he earned a Doctorate in Jazz Arts from Manhattan School of Music.

“Today, integrity, decorum, fact-based argument – the stuff of character – seem to have been abandoned, not just in the Oval Office but by so may leaders who willingly turn a blind eye if they can further their agenda.

With this album, questions of character were the impulse, and I am deeply grateful to the exceptional musicians who took them up with me.

Their capacity to balance their own sound, the demands of the music and the needs of the ensemble made this recording so much more than I could have imagined”

– Andrew Rathbun, Winter 2018 

What The Press Say About Andrew…

“Rathbun’s lines dance and glides, reflecting both childlike wonder and well-honed artistry” – JAZZTIMES

“Rathbun deserves to be ranked among today’s top arranger-composers” JAZZIZ MAGAZINE