"Ultimately, his erudite manipulation of such material feels transparent. The trio blows through the compositions with nonchalant agility, using the disparate notions as improvisational grist."
Photo credit: Chris Drukker
Logan Strosahl, or I, or me, or whatever, is a saxophonist/composer based in Berlin. My music could be termed 3rd-stream" in that it combines various classical languages and stylistic threads with improvisation and aspects of the Jazz tradition.
I'm currently working on the 2nd part of a musical trilogy about King Arthur for a small chamber orchestra. I've released four albums on Sunnyside Records:Up Go We, Janus, Book I of Arthur, and most recently Sure, and you can find links to them below. I also have a number of miscellaneous pieces on my Patreon page.
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"A superb recording, remarkable for its focus and its journey through a long chronology of disparate source material."
--4 stars, Downbeat
"[An] ambitious, idiosyncratic disc....contemporizes the tale with verve and wit" --Jazziz
“He makes his septet sound like a court orchestra drunk on Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus. It is inspired, absorbing, and intelligent....It has all the makings of something great”
–Jazz News France
"Intellectually stimulating, this past/present accomplishment unveils a duo of enormous quality."
".....Sanders and Strosahl consistently impress, and make Janus a shining example of free-spirited, easy-flowing chamber jazz"
"His seven-piece band and the narration he wrote for Jullia Easterlin meld ancient lore, fanciful creation and powerful uses of jazz and classical music—modern and ancient—into an absorbing, demanding work" --Doug Ramsey
"Their state-of-the-art improvisations display spirit and often wit, and always mesh
--JazzThing & Blue Rhythm
"It’s crazy, but it’s also kinda great, and I am 100% on board for Books II and III."--Stereogum
"...the way that Strosahl blends so many disparate musical styles suggests a composer of rare talent."
“The ensemble writing is exquisite. Up Go We is 40 minutes long. It rewards hours of listening.”
–Doug Ramsey on Rifftides
"It’s only the first act out of three, but it already is, unmistakably, an undeniable masterpiece."--Canthisevenbecalledmusic
“...intricately constructed compositions with the joyful exuberance of a Mardi Gras second line.The mix of complex intelligence and a wide, warm smile connects with both head and heart, and serious tunes can be embraced for either their cerebral facets or just out of sheer fun”
"Hopping from canon to tone rows, and from rigid structures to modern free jazz exuberance, this album is a true gem of this year."
“….a most auspicious debut, one that leaves the
listener wanting more“
"Strosahl is already a master, and where he will go from here is anyone's guess....Up Go We is another best of 2016"
-4 1/2 stars, AllAboutJazz
Logan Strosahl proves there is no Inside/Outside divide, dismantling all dialectics: he’s melodic and free, reverent and irreverent, methodical and spontaneous, swinging and angular, raw and beautiful. ”