NOLA (©Chris Rutkowski), written by pianist Chris Rutkowski, is based on authentic New Orleans street beats while also utilizing contemporary linear and harmonic material. It has its origins as one of the themes in the second movement of Rutkowski's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble.
The Cohen-Rutkowski Project is a high-energy acoustic jazz ensemble combining a large proportion of original compositions with classic pieces from the tradition. Listeners have drawn comparisons to the compositionally-oriented Dave Brubeck group, groovy hard-bop groups such as The Jazz Messengers as well as genre-expanders like the Roy Hargrove Quintet.
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