Baritone Saxophonist B.J. Jansen
New CD "Ronin"
New CD Featuring
B.J. Jansen-baritone sax
(Artist Recording Collective ARC-2529)
Street Date March 4, 2014
Track Listing, Time and Composer:
1) RONIN 6:04 (B.J. Jansen)
2) Rose for Noriko 5:06 (B.J. Jansen)
3) Best Fiend 8:44 (B.J. Jansen)
4) The Cost 6:06 (B.J. Jansen)
5) Blues for C.P. 6:05 (B.J. Jansen)
6) Manhattan Trane’in 5:22 (B.J. Jansen)
7) Brother Sid 7:16 (B.J. Jansen)
8) Diamonds for Lil 5:10 (B.J. Jansen)
9) The Code 4:16 (B.J. Jansen)
Recording Dates: October 9th & 27th 2013
Artists Home Market: New York City
Musicians: B.J. Jansen - baritone saxophone, Mamiko Watanabe - piano, Mike Boone - bass, Amanda Ruzza - bass, Chris Beck - drums, Dorota Piotrowska - drums
During the feudal period in Japan (1185-1868), a Ronin was a samurai (knight) with no lord or master. A samurai could become masterless from the death or political fall of his master, or simply by the loss of his master's favor. Ronin amassed during periods of long peace when their warrior training was not needed. Some Lords released samurai for strictly financial reasons during these periods. By law a Samurai was forbidden to have a job, so many fell into poverty and lives of crime to feed themselves and their families. Others, simply disgraced committed suicide.
The plight of the Ronin draws many similarities to what I have observed with those of us who adopt the way, or follow a life of the study of the art and craft of instrumental improvised music. Live performance and revenue streams have become
increasingly scarce as society and technology have changed. However, like the Ronin, we artists persist as warriors and keepers of the flame, devoting our lives to the propagation of the Music. We have become drifters, outsiders, masterless and seeking the truth of who we are as artists and people.
“Rising Jazz Star"- Andy Hardy, Jazz Host on George Jazz FM, New Zealand
“B. J. Jansen and his articulate baritone sax leads his group Conjura into some immaculate ensemble and solo playing... There is no compromising here just straight ahead Jazz… B.J., originally from Cincinnati now living in the NY area is knowledgeable, bold, aggressive, and determined to make great jazz music and jazz happenings.... talented musician… a truly experienced soul!"
- Ty Bailey, Host of "Just Jazz" Radio Show on WVST FM
"A baritone saxophone-led quartet takes a lot of guts. The beauty of this recording lies in both its period approach and the superb sonics captured by modern recording. Jansen... proves his chops on his solid original repertoire. Ronin is a solid bop outing."