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  • October 20, 2021

    Nonesuch Records releases "Sweaters (Sam Gendel Remix)," the saxophonist’s reinterpretation of the Laurie Anderson track from her landmark 1982 debut album, Big Science, today. On the remix, which Gendel produced and engineered, he plays alto saxophone, contrabass guitar, and wind synthesizer, while incorporating elements of the original recording, including Anderson’s vocals and violin, Rufus Harley's bagpipes, and David Van Tieghem's drums.

  • September 3, 2021

    Nonesuch Records releases a two-track digital single from Sam Gendel today that includes his interpretations of Duke Ellington's "Isfahan" and Cal Massey's "My Little Suede Shoes" (a song popularized by Charlie Parker), performed in the manner of the sonic construction/destruction from his 2020 album Satin Doll. Gendel is joined by Gabe Noel on electric bass and Philippe Melanson on electronic percussion.

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  • Sam Gendel’s Nonesuch Records debut album, Satin Doll, will be released March 13, 2020. Recorded in Gendel’s native California, Satin Doll is a futuristic homage to historical jazz. The album features three musicians—Gendel on saxophone, Gabe Noel on electric bass, and Philippe Melanson on electronic percussion—engaging in simultaneous synchronized sonic construction/deconstruction of jazz standards, including Miles Davis’ “Freddie Freeloader,” Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” and Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll.” A Gendel-produced video for the album track “Afro Blue” by Mongo Santamaria may be seen below. Satin Doll may be pre-ordered now with an instant download of "Afro Blue."

    “Sam Gendel plays like a student at the altar of spiritual jazz," says Pitchfork. "His songs are just a little too psychedelic to sit in the contemporary jazz section, but his music is as studied and controlled as his counterparts in post-bop." "In the spirit of Miles Davis or late-career John Coltrane," says Fader, "Gendel aspires to a transcendent form of jazz." KCRW says: "Sam Gendel makes poetry in musical motion [and] speaks to our time and beyond."

    Sam Gendel is a musician and producer living in Los Angeles, CA. He is most known for his work with the saxophone, though he is proficient on multiple instruments. His work is diverse and includes significant collaborations with a wide range of artists including Ry Cooder, Blake Mills, Sam Amidon, Perfume Genius, Moses Sumney, Knower, Vampire Weekend, and inc. no world. Gendel’s previous discography includes the critically praised Music for Saxofone & Bass Guitar with bassist Sam Wilkes and 4444.

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Mon, Jun 27
Nagoya
Tokuzo
Mon, Jun 27
Nagoya
Tokuzo
Tue, Jun 28
Osaka
Universe
Tue, Jun 28
Osaka
Universe
Thu, Jul 7
Montréal, QC
Monument-National
Thu, Jul 7
Montréal, QC
Monument-National
Sun, Jul 10
Rotterdam
Sun, Jul 10
Rotterdam
Sat, Jul 16
Deurne
OLT Rivierenhof
Sat, Jul 16
Deurne
OLT Rivierenhof
Fri, Jul 29
Newport, RI
Fri, Jul 29
Newport, RI
Sat, Jul 30
New York, NY
(Le) Poisson Rouge
Sat, Jul 30
New York, NY
(Le) Poisson Rouge
Sat, Nov 5
Kakegawa
Tsumagoi Resort Sainosato
Sat, Nov 5
Kakegawa
Tsumagoi Resort Sainosato
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Sam Gendel's Nonesuch debut album, Satin Doll, is a futuristic homage to historical jazz. Three musicians—Gendel on saxophone and other things, Gabe Noel on electric bass, and Philippe Melanson on electronic percussion—engage in simultaneous synchronized sonic constructiondeconstruction of well-known jazz standards, including Miles Davis's "Freddie Freeloader," Charles Mingus's "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," and Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll."

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Sam Gendel’s Nonesuch Records debut album, Satin Doll, will be released March 13, 2020. Recorded in Gendel’s native California, Satin Doll is a futuristic homage to historical jazz. The album features three musicians—Gendel on saxophone, Gabe Noel on electric bass, and Philippe Melanson on electronic percussion—engaging in simultaneous synchronized sonic construction/deconstruction of jazz standards, including Miles Davis’ “Freddie Freeloader,” Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” and Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll.” A Gendel-produced video for the album track “Afro Blue” by Mongo Santamaria may be seen below. Satin Doll may be pre-ordered now with an instant download of "Afro Blue."

“Sam Gendel plays like a student at the altar of spiritual jazz," says Pitchfork. "His songs are just a little too psychedelic to sit in the contemporary jazz section, but his music is as studied and controlled as his counterparts in post-bop." "In the spirit of Miles Davis or late-career John Coltrane," says Fader, "Gendel aspires to a transcendent form of jazz." KCRW says: "Sam Gendel makes poetry in musical motion [and] speaks to our time and beyond."

Sam Gendel is a musician and producer living in Los Angeles, CA. He is most known for his work with the saxophone, though he is proficient on multiple instruments. His work is diverse and includes significant collaborations with a wide range of artists including Ry Cooder, Blake Mills, Sam Amidon, Perfume Genius, Moses Sumney, Knower, Vampire Weekend, and inc. no world. Gendel’s previous discography includes the critically praised Music for Saxofone & Bass Guitar with bassist Sam Wilkes and 4444.

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Tour

Mon, Jun 27
Nagoya
Tokuzo
Mon, Jun 27
Nagoya
Tokuzo
Tue, Jun 28
Osaka
Universe
Tue, Jun 28
Osaka
Universe
Thu, Jul 7
Montréal, QC
Monument-National
Thu, Jul 7
Montréal, QC
Monument-National
Sun, Jul 10
Rotterdam
Sun, Jul 10
Rotterdam
Sat, Jul 16
Deurne
OLT Rivierenhof
Sat, Jul 16
Deurne
OLT Rivierenhof
Fri, Jul 29
Newport, RI
Fri, Jul 29
Newport, RI
Sat, Jul 30
New York, NY
(Le) Poisson Rouge
Sat, Jul 30
New York, NY
(Le) Poisson Rouge
Sat, Nov 5
Kakegawa
Tsumagoi Resort Sainosato
Sat, Nov 5
Kakegawa
Tsumagoi Resort Sainosato
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