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2014-02-25

7:30PM

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"Equally gifted as a musician and composer, Jason attracts new listeners to the violin and mandolin. Tipping Point is an uplifting and refreshing project deserving of countless repeated listenings."
- Regina Carter

Jason Anick Quartet - CD Release Show for Tipping Point

Featuring: Jason Anick - violin/mandolin
Jason Yeager - piano
Matt DeChamplain - piano
Greg Loughman - bass
Mike Connors - drums

Jazz violinist and mandolinist Jason Anick is rapidly making a name for himself as one of the top players on today’s scene. The 28-year-old virtuoso is one of the youngest instructors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and is in-demand as a first-call sideman. Anick records and tours internationally with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitarist John Jorgenson, who recruited Anick in 2008 while he was still a senior at Hartt Conservatory. He also performs with the Rhythm Future Quartet, which is widely known for its fiery Gypsy jazz, but it’s Anick’s own music that’s increasingly earning acclaim. He won top honors for improvisation in the ATSA Alternative Styles competition, and his 2011 debut CD Sleepless was cited by jazzmando.com as "...a must have for any jazz violin/mandolin fans".

Tipping Point, Anick’s second CD as a leader, showcases the breadth and depth of his compositions as well as his playing on violin and both acoustic and electric mandolins. It’s jazz without boundaries, an inclusive music that incorporates the influences of mainstream jazz, classical, new acoustic music, Gypsy jazz, and swing. Tipping Point declares that for the open-eared, musical exclusion is a dead end. What tie together the various strains of Anick’s vision are his extraordinary command of his chosen instruments and the spirited contributions of the like-minded players that accompany him on this musical journey.

As jazz violin great Regina Carter says of the album: "Jason Anick’s sheer joy in playing is evident from the first track on Tipping Point. While tipping his hat to Stéphane Grappelli, Jason maintains his own distinct voice — especially in his own compositions. Equally gifted as a musician and composer, Jason attracts new listeners to the violin and mandolin. Tipping Point is an uplifting and refreshing project deserving of countless repeated listenings."

"Jason Anick has given us some unique contemporary pieces for jazz mandolin. His playing has a wonderful clarity and creativity and his compositions offer a modern jazz approach to our instrument which is truly refreshing and inspired."
- Mike Marshall

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