Alan Ferber – trombone
David Smith – trumpet
Will Vinson – alto & soprano saxophone
John Ellis – tenor saxophone
Douglas Yates – bass clarinet
Bruce Saunders – guitar
Bryn Roberts – piano
Alexis Cuadrado – bass
Mark Ferber – drums
Akiko Pavolka – voice (2&8)
“Alan Ferber joins the new resurgence of talented young trombonists with vision and leadership. This debut reveals not only solid group musicianship but also high compositional work. Ferber plays his horn trombone with a voice that is robust, warm, and commanding. But the strength is in his writing and how he effectively navigates the ensemble of skilled musicians in executing multicolored music anchored by big horns, modern arranging, and a tight band. Intricate details such as the use of voice with the music on the title composition, the big band swing sound of “Reunion,” and a nasty blues shuffle on “Get Sassy” adds to the enjoyment.”
– Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
Alan Ferber, a five star trombonist, composer, arranger and leader has a voice that is always articulate and in this release he keeps in the right balance all the way through has created (along with the others) some wonderful tracks. “New View,” “Scenes From An Exit Row,” “Reunion,” “Get Sassy,” “Jigsaw,” “Long Lost,” “Filin” and “Kayak” surprises us with this spring of bright talent in each composition and arrangement.
His trombone blows through the improvisations and compositions always leading gracefully. This hornman fluctuates from cool to unexpected free playing on “Scenes From An Exit Row” and “Reunion,” then to some mainstream blowing on “Long Lost.” Check out how he displays his sense of swing in “Kayak.”
“New View,” “Scenes,” “Get Sassy” and “Long Lost” are well structured as jazz or classical. “Jigsaw” is definitely a funk piece. Ferber is without a doubt a great arranger, composer and orchestra director. His talents as trombone player are just one gift more.
As a top level leader, Ferber knows how to free the band up to make them whole and then finally adding his print …. staying discreet. Alan Ferber’s music displays emotion and harmony. In “Scenes from an Exit Row,” he shines as the star he is. It is well orchestrated and has great cohorts. This trombone player is somewhere now in Brooklyn making a new world with his music, and soon… certainly throughout the whole world in a place that perhaps he does not even imagine.
5 Stars, Jazzreview.com – Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez
Scenes From An Exit Row is full of great playing and writing, and cuts a pretty wide stytlistic swath. Ferber makes compelling use of less often heard colors like wordless vocals and bass clarinet. The tunes range from modern sounding multiple meter grooves, to Mingus flavored textures, and even pretty straight up bebop. Despite the stylistic range, this recording doesn’t sound like a demo or an aural calling card. It has a nice flow as a larger unit, and is an enjoyable and rewarding listen.
Scratchmybrain.com – Jeff Albert