Brian Landrus 2012
|Birth name||Brian Landrus|
September 14, 1978 |
Reno, NV, USA
|Genres||Jazz, crossover jazz, modern jazz, acid jazz, soul jazz, avant-garde jazz, jazz fusion, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Educator|
|Instruments||Saxophones, Clarinets, Flutes|
|Labels||BlueLand Records, Cadence Jazz Records, CIMP, Palmetto Records|
|baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, bass saxophone, bass flute|
Brian Landrus is a low woodwind soloist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. The New York Times recently wrote that Landrus is "A baritone saxophonist of convincing authority", and "'Kismet', is a three-minute improvisation on bass saxophone, a notoriously bulky instrument that Mr. Landrus handles with feathery grace. He sounds unhurried and thoughtful, deeply attuned to the horn and its register. It’s a disarmingly effective coda, like a soufflé that lingers in the mind long after the meal."-Nate Chinen, New York Times. Brian Landrus was born in Reno, NV where he began playing professionally at the age of 15. Landrus earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance at the University of Nevada, Reno. At the age of 18 Landrus began performing on tenor and baritone saxophone with the Motown legends The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Coasters, The Drifters, & Martha Reeves. Landrus moved to Boston in 2003 to attend the New England Conservatory  on scholarship where he earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Saxophone, and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Composition. While at NEC Landrus was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal. Upon graduation in 2007 Landrus recorded his album entitled "Forward" for Cadence Jazz Records  and moved to New York CIty. Brian Landrus has been voted Rising Star Baritone Saxophonist in the Downbeat Magazine International Critics Poll in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014. Mr. Landrus has also been voted Baritone Saxophonist in the established musician category of Downbeat Magazine's International Critics Poll in 2012, 2013, & 2014. Brian tours internationally with the Grammy winning artist Esperanza Spalding, and has performed with: Bob Brookmeyer, Frank Carlberg, Michael Cain, Frank Kimbrough, Ryan Truesdell, Gil Evans Project, Danilo Perez, Maria Schneider, Grant Levin, Lonnie Plaxico, Matthew Parish, Rufus Reid, Louis Nash, Rudy Royston, Rakalam Bob Moses, Billy Hart, Rufus Haereiti, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Donny McCaslin, Steve Wilson, Groundation, Feist (singer), Mike Love, Nicholas Urie, Oscar Penas, Darryl Harper, Ken Schaphorst, Allan Chase, Alan Ferber, Mark Feldman, Nir Felder, Ben Monder, Gerry Genario, Francis Vanek, Peter Epstein, Larry Engstrom, Harry "Butch" Reid, Jeff Lee Johnson, Leo Genovese, and many others. Landrus currently leads two ensembles, The Brian Landrus Quartet, and The Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope. The quartet focuses on traditional jazz and the Kaleidoscope incorporates jazz with elements of R & B, Reggae, Soul, & Electronic music while still having emphasis on Improvisation. Landrus specializes on the baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, bass clarinet, bass flute, & alto flute.
In 2013 Emusic wrote "The Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope, Mirage: Outstanding new album by multi-reedist Landrus, who plays bari sax, bass clarinet, bass flute, contra alto clarinet, and bass saxophone for this session. Orchestrated, but with a deft restraint that imbues the music with a quiet chamber jazz sound at times. Music that inspires with an epic nature. Melodies crafted with the precision and beauty of stained glass. Harmonies that invite the listener to just sink into them. One of those albums that, once listened to, gives the sense of having travelled very far distances from your seat by the stereo. Pick of the Week."-Dave Sumner, Emusic The Huffington Post chose Landrus' recent recording "Mirage", as one of the top jazz recordings of 2013. Music critic Steve Greenlee wrote in the Boston Globe "Brian Landrus - who plays baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, and bass flute on “Capsule’’ (BlueLand Records) - creates a very special kind of music with his band The Landrus Kaleidoscope. It is modern and contemporary - indeed, pop oriented - but it doesn’t give in to the artificial-sweetener trappings of smooth jazz. No, this quintet, which includes pianist Michael Cain (mostly on Fender Rhodes), guitar Nir Felder, bassist Matthew Parish, and drummer Rudy Royston, makes an organic fusion that ignores the boundaries that supposedly separate jazz, rock, pop, and R&B." Hrayr Attarian from All About Jazz says "Landrus pushes the boundaries of jazz and explores a more fusion-like style inspired by Motown and other related genres."  Bill Milkowski of JazzTimes has written "Baritone sax and bass clarinet ace Brian Landrus takes a refreshing, modernist approach to the jazz quintet."  Landrus has honed his sound by using Fred Lebayle Mouthpieces, Rico Reeds, & Henri Selmer Paris Saxophones.
- "Forward" Brian Landrus, Cadence Jazz Records 2008
- "Everlasting" Brian Landrus Quartet, CIMP 2009
- "Traverse" the Brian Landrus Quartet, BlueLand Records 2010
- "Capsule" Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope, BlueLand Records 2011
- "Mirage" Brian Landus Kaleidoscope & String Quartet, BlueLand Records 2013
- "The Deep Below" Brian Landrus Trio, Palmetto Records & BlueLand Records 2015
As Sideman (selected)
- Oded Levi-Ari "Threading"
- Nicholas Urie "My Garden" on Red Piano Records
- NIcholas Urie Large Ensemble on Red Piano Records
- Darryl Harper "Stories In Real Time"
- Rob Mosher's Storytime
- Ayn Inserto Large Ensemble
- Omar Thomas Big Band "I Am"
- John Vanore & Abstract Truth "Culture"
- Adam Bartczack Republic "Grass Is Greener" Co-producer