Unfolding

by Natalie Cressman

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A not-so-hidden treasure is revealed with Unfolding, the Entrancing Debut by 20-Year-Old Trombonist/Vocalist Natalie Cressman & Secret Garden.

If you listen closely to Unfolding, the extraordinary debut album by Natalie Cressman and her band Secret Garden, she provides all the clues necessary to uncover the treasure trove of influences and inspirations behind her music. Hailing from an illustrious musical family, the San Francisco-raised trombonist, vocalist and composer has been adopted by a disparate cast of masters, and at 20 years old she’s honed a preternaturally worldly conception of her own.

An accomplished improviser who has performed with Nicholas Payton and Peter Apfelbaum’s NY Hieroglyphics Ensemble, she’s gained her widest exposure through two years of touring with Phish’s Trey Anastasio. At the same time she’s managed to excel in her studies at Manhattan School of Music and perform at top New York jazz spots with her own band. Unfolding captures her rapidly blossoming sensibility, a sound shaped by her love of Cuban, Brazilian and West African music, indie rock, funk and the post-bop continuum.

Whether playing an original, reinterpreting a standard or exploring a jazz classic, Cressman fully embraces the imperative to render the music in her own image. What her work with Secret Garden reveals is an utterly contemporary artist steeped in several traditions, an artist who sees no barriers between the incalculable accomplishments of the past and the urgent demands of the present.

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released August 10, 2012

Produced by Natalie Cressman and Jeff Cressman
Recorded and Mixed by Jeff Cressman
Additional recording by Christian Kaufman
Mastering by Jeremy Goody
Photography by Emma Lauren
Art Direction by Robin Dick
All tracks written by Natalie Cressman except:
"Honeysuckle Rose" written by Thomas "Fats" waller, lyrics by Andy Razaf, arranged by Christian Sands and Natalie Cressman.
"Skylight" written by Natalie Cressman and Adam Nash
"Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" written by Charles Mingus, Lyrics by Joni Mitchell


Natalie Cressman: Trombone, Voice
Ivan Rosenberg: Trumpet
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown: Tenor Saxophone (all except track 9)
Pascal Le Boeuf: Piano, Fender Rhodes
Ruben Samama: Acoustic Bass
Jake Goldbas: Drums and Percussion
Special Guest: Peter Apfelbaum, Tenor Saxophone on track 9

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Natalie Cressman New York, New York

New York-based trombonist/singer/composer Natalie Cressman has won acclaim for her ability to play fluently in a variety of musical styles with maturity beyond her years. Hailed a “velveteen-voiced brass- blower” by the Denver Post, the 20 year-old has sought to stretch across stylistic boundaries, each time striking listeners with the depth of her musicianship. ... more

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Track Name: Whistle Song
When I stir before the dawn,
I am haunted by a sigh I heard before you were gone,
Memories obscured by frost,
I doubt you'll recognize, my youthful face is lost
Wistful thoughts of when I was a young little child,
You knew me then but you lost sight overnight,
As I say goodbye to you I try
To believe love still resides in the depths of your clouded eyes