Artist: Beekman

Album: Beekman Vol. 2

Release Date: 2016-10-07

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about the album

In October 2015, Beekman went into the studio (a real one this time!) to record Vol.2. Scheduled for release in October 2016 on Ropeadope Records, the new album features three compositions by Nasser, two each by Menares and Vazquez, and one by Recabarren. Having had the opportunity to play a great deal since the release of Vol.1, the quartet really sharpens its aesthetic on Vol.2. Beekman couples eclectic original compositions (steeped in jazz, rock, latin, and classical) with dynamic group interplay into a sound that is international while remaining squarely in the realm of modern jazz.

about the artist

Beekman is a Brooklyn-based collective comprising saxophonist Kyle Nasser (U.S), pianist Yago Vazquez (Spain), bassist Pablo Menares (Chile), and drummer Rodrigo Recabarren (Chile). These musicians met in 2012 at the 5th Estate sessions in Brooklyn. Shortly thereafter, Recabarren hatched the idea to form a group. The musicians convened at a home studio on Beekman Place (hence "Beekman"), each wielding a couple compositions, to record their debut album. Though it was the first time they had all played together as a group, the chemistry was immediately apparent, and the tracking was completed in only a few hours.

The group celebrated the release of Vol.1 (on the Chilean label Discos Pendiente) with a 10-day tour of South America in January 2015. Critics have praised this album as "vital new music" (Donald Elfman, New York City Jazz Record) and "a joyful and continued speculation flowing in almost all facets with surprising ease." (Jazz, ese ruido). It even earned the group a nomination for "Best Jazz/Fusion Artist" in the Chilean Music Awards (Premios Pulsar). Since its release, Beekman been a staple on the NYC jazz scene and toured around New England.