Josef Leimberg

Instrument: trumpete

Genre: jazz

Origin: united states

Territories: europe

Availability: oct, nov 2018

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In fall 2016, trumpeter and composer Josef Leimberg launched his debut full-length Astral Progressions. Hitting vinyl prints and digital formats with the Alpha Pup Records jazz imprint World Galaxy, Astral Progressions is a powerful record in the canon of 21st century music. It also continues the momentum Leimberg achieved on the Kendrick Lamar Grammy Award winning album To Pimp A Butterfly. A hybrid state of jazz fusion, world music, R&B and golden era hip hop instrumentalism. Josef Leimberg has created a rich tapestry of sound that fits right in with the resurgence of progressive music in the 2010’s, launching out on his own terms after an impressive career of guest work.
Leimberg gained a unique level of traction with his work on the multiple Grammy Award winning Kendrick Lamar LP To Pimp A Butterfly. Credited under the LoveDragon moniker with Terrace Martin, his time with To Pimp A Butterfly only represents a small fragment of his accomplishments. His collaborative resume over the decades is astounding, consisting of production, writing and feature credits with Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Robin Thicke, Shafiq Husayn, Funkadelic, Freestyle Fellowship, Dr. Dre, Murs, King Tee, Suga Free, Saafir and Busdriver. These connections have undoubtedly spread life all over Astral Progressions.
Leimberg’s debut album features an array of innovators and game changers in modern progressive music. Kamasi Washington,Bilal, Georgia Ann Muldrow, Kurupt, Terrace Martin and Miguel Atwood Ferguson are just a small list of the brilliant minds that make the Astral Progressions outing special. Many of the featured artists became with the LP through world renowned creator Shafiq Husayn. Leimberg would connect with various musicians associated to his camp through studio recordings, gigging and rehearsals, building on his compositions in a very organic and social way.
Kurupt connects with Astral Progression’s cosmic message unlike anything else he’s done before, lending his verbal talents over a cosmic west coast flavor. Goergia Ann Muldrow and Bilal add considerable weight as well, taking direction into spiritually tinged fusions of R&B and soul. The ending track pays special homage to Leimberg’s mother, including a recording of her speaking about the complexities of life and where we all fit into the bigger picture of this universe. To describe this record in full would take volumes of thought, bridged under the vision of Leimberg in every note and measure.

 


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    Leimberg takes the sonic power of his last album Astral Progressions back to the origins of the ‘70s jazz fusion movement. Included is a superb Miles Davis cover of ‘Lonely Fire.’ Originally recorded and featured on the 1970s Miles Davis studio album Big Fun, Leimbergrevamps the spiritually tinged piece with uptempo pocket driven drum work, flaring solo’s and a sense of heightened energy that transforms the chord arrangements of the original into something entirely new. Paul Livingston adds lush sitar, tambura and sarod, bringing the Indian influences shed on the original composition into the 21st century state of Leimberg’s vision. It’s a perfect summation of how organic, fluid and exotic the record is as a whole. 

    Line Up:

    - JOSEF LEIMBERG - TRUMPET
    - MATTHEW LITTLE - KEYBOARDIST
    - WILL LOGAN - DRUMS
    - TRACY WANNAME - BASS CLARINET, SAXOPHONE AND FLUTE
    - ANAND BENETTE - GUITAR
    - DANTE PASCUZZO - BASS

Leimberg takes the sonic power of his last album Astral Progressions back to the origins of the ‘70s jazz fusion movement. Included is a superb Miles Davis cover of ‘Lonely Fire.’ Originally recorded and featured on the 1970s Miles Davis studio album Big Fun, Leimbergrevamps the spiritually tinged piece with uptempo pocket driven drum work, flaring solo’s and a sense of heightened energy that transforms the chord arrangements of the original into something entirely new. Paul Livingston adds lush sitar, tambura and sarod, bringing the Indian influences shed on the original composition into the 21st century state of Leimberg’s vision. It’s a perfect summation of how organic, fluid and exotic the record is as a whole. 

Line Up:

- JOSEF LEIMBERG - TRUMPET
- MATTHEW LITTLE - KEYBOARDIST
- WILL LOGAN - DRUMS
- TRACY WANNAME - BASS CLARINET, SAXOPHONE AND FLUTE
- ANAND BENETTE - GUITAR
- DANTE PASCUZZO - BASS

"Leimberg blasts into a decidedly cosmic realm...It’s a trippy record, thick with reverb, echo, layers of voices and a free-floating spirit that celebrates sonic spontaneity"
Los Angeles Times

Date Artist Venue City Country
22 Oct 2018 Josef Leimberg Moods Zürich Switzerland
25 Oct 2018 Josef Leimberg JazzIt Salzburg Austria
26 Oct 2018 Josef Leimberg Festival Jazz Inernational Rotterdam Netherlands
27 Oct 2018 Josef Leimberg Jazz Inernational Nijmegen Netherlands
29 Oct 2018 Josef Leimberg das Haus Ludwigshafen Germany
30 Oct 2018 Josef Leimberg YUCA Köln Germany
02 Nov 2018 Josef Leimberg Tampere Jazz Happening Tampere Finland
03 Nov 2018 Josef Leimberg Fasching Stockholm Sweden
04 Nov 2018 Josef Leimberg So Whats Next Downtown Eindhoven Netherlands
06 Nov 2018 Josef Leimberg Jazz Café London United Kingdom
07 Nov 2018 Josef Leimberg BandOnWall Manchester United Kingdom
08 Nov 2018 Josef Leimberg Jazz Jantar Gdansk Poland
09 Nov 2018 Josef Leimberg Club Spatif Warsaw Poland
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