Beat Therapy (Bridge Records, 2011)

Beat Therapy

Beat Therapy combines the sounds and rhythms of jazz with a classical sense of form and development. Ideas change and grow and return in unexpected ways, with literal repetition being rare. Though the music is largely notated, most tracks contain at least some improvisation.

The music grows out of the thought that jazz and classical music are fundamentally continuous—that the technical developments of early twentieth-century composers like Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky come to fruition in the improvisatory music of Art Tatum, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and John Coltrane. Beat Therapy tries to imagine that these seemingly different styles comprise a single tradition in which notation and improvisation can coexist seamlessly. Here's a wonderful review from Frank Oteri.

Beat Therapy Recording
  1. Loop & Swing
  2. Kachunk
  3. Katrina Stomp
  4. Sweet Nothings
  5. The Mysterious Stranger
  6. Earthquake
  7. Dreams May Come
  8. Sayonara

Trumpet: Thomas Bergeron
Alto Sax: Jon Irabagon (1, 6)
Alto Sax: Alejandro Aviles (2–5, 7–8)
Tenor Sax: Geoff Vidal
Bass Clarinet: Rane Moore (1, 6)
Bass Clarinet: Ken Thomson (2–5, 7–8)
Piano: William Stevens (1, 6)
Piano: Vladimir Katz (2, 5, 8)
Piano: Daniel Kelly (3, 4, 7)
Synth: James Johnston
Bass: Michael O’Brien
Drums: David Skidmore
Composition & Synth Programming: Dmitri Tymoczko
Recorded by Alex Kass and Andrés Villalta (3, 4, 7)
Mixed by Dmitri Tymoczko and Andrés Villalta
Mastered by Chris Landen at Audio Mechanics
All tracks © 2011 by Dmitri Tymoczko