Following the success of his JUNO-nominated album Identity, baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage continues to deliver his brand of high-octane modern jazz on the new album, Momentum, featuring Will Kennedy of the Yellowjackets.
For this new album, his compositions reflect his childhood fascination with the physical sciences, as he explores the tension between oppositional forces in music and the world around us. The music is drawn from Beddage’s most diverse range of influences thus far, including New Orleans jazz, R&B, film music and folk songs, providing a musical landscape that is accessible, varied and complex.
Shirantha Beddage – Woodwinds and Keyboards
David Restivo – Piano and Keyboards
Mike Downes – Acoustic Bass
Rich Brown – Electric Bass
Mark Kelso – Drums
Will Kennedy – Drums
Identity is the highly antcipated follow-up album from baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage, available on Addo Records. Shirantha’s quartet, featuring Dave Restivo, Mike Downes, and Mark Kelso, is heavily featured on a variety of Shirantha’s original compositions, reflecting a complex mix of emotional states and moods. The record also features special guests Nathan Eklund and Larnell Lewis. Compositions from this album were selected for the Galaxie Rising Star award at the 2013 Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Shirantha Beddage – baritone sax / bass clarinet
Nathan Eklund – trumpet (tracks 1, 4, 5 and 6)
Dave Restivo – piano and Fender Rhodes
Mike Downes – bass
Mark Kelso – drums (all tracks except 2 and 3)
Larnell Lewis – drums (tracks 2 and 3)
Roots and Branches (2007)
Roots and Branches is the debut album from Shirantha Beddage, available through Jazz Excursion Records. This album features a mix of original compositions influenced by John Coltrane, Chick Corea and many others. Visit Shirantha’s store to purchase your copy!
Shirantha Beddage – baritone, tenor and soprano saxophones
Michael Stryker – piano
Ryan Kotler – bass
Jared Schonig – drums
2. Nearly There
3. Danushka’s Dance
4. As The Flower Grows
5. Nightly News
6. Seoul Sister
8. I’ll Be Gone
9. Le Petit Grenouille