Trumpeter / Composer / Educator
Debut album Another Time, Another Place is officitally out! CD release show will be Feb. 11 at Korzo, 9 pm! See listing in the New York Times here.
Downbeat has picked Another Time, Another Place as an editors pick for January 2014. Here's the review:
BY FRANK ALKYER
Josh Deutsch’s Pannonia, Another Time, Another Place (Alternate Side)
You’ve got to love an album of “traditional folk music from an imaginary place,” which is what Josh Deutsch’s Pannonia delivers on Another Time, Another Place. This well-planned, beautifully executed program draws on influences from practically everywhere. Deutsch seems to be obsessive on details, and he’s hell-bent on making music that’s just a little (or perhaps a lot) different than what you’ve heard before. Deutsch has written a set of 10 songs that seem to serve as the soundtrack to a movie script yet to be written. And he starts with excellent source material. Prior to recording the album, Deutsch had gone back and reread one of his favorite books, Tom Robbins’ 1984 novel Jitterbug Perfume. Five of the tunes on this recording were inspired by the book, including the driving “Bingo’s Bees” and the intensely beautiful “K23.” In creating this world, Deutsch shows incredible humor, too, especially on “Serious Beets,” a tune he calls the Pannonian drinking song. The song is a hoot, with bassist Gary Wang bowing as if he were stumbling down a Pannonian boulevard. Of the other five tunes, two are part of what Deutsch calls an “unusual modes of transportation suite.” “Dirigible” and “Funicular” are both terrific. The other three tunes provide great opportunities for the band to stretch out. My favorite of these is “Kék Szín,” which is Hungarian for “blues.” It’s a great, toe-tapping wonder of Eastern European soul that highlights this fascinating band—Deutsch on trumpet, Zach Brock on violin, Brian Drye on trombone, Wang on bass and Ronen Itzik playing ridiculously fine percussion. Even here, Deutsch and company prove to be fantastic storytellers. The solos are superb, and Deutsch makes great use of off-mic instruments soloing, almost as if to offer the audience a stage whisper about what’s happening in the studio. Odd meters, unusual instrumentation, deep compositions, a clearly drawn fantasy world: That’s Pannonia. That’s Josh Deutsch. If you want to see this band live, check out their CD release gig on Feb. 11 at Korzo in Brooklyn.
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photo by Erika Kapin
|Josh Deutsch - Trumpet||Zach Brock - Violin||Brian Drye - Trombone||Gary Wang - Bass||Ronen Itzik - Percussion|
Formed in 2011, trumpeter/composer Josh Deutsch’s Pannonia plays “traditional folk music from an imaginary place.” The band features the unusual frontline of trumpet, trombone and violin, creates a distinctive sound that blends the improvised spontaneity of jazz with forms and textures characteristic of early 20th-century classical chamber music and the infectious rhythms and melodic lyricism of folk music from around the world. Whether romping through a Balkan-inspired blues, buzzing through a song about bees or playing a tender ballad about dirigibles, Pannonia’s engaging and intriguing music is eloquently showcased on its debut recording Another Time, Another Place (Alternate Side Records 007) which is set for release on February 04, 2014.
More videos of the band are available at my YouTube Page