Song of the day: The Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra – “Bronx”

A product of UNT, this jazz band has an exciting, adventurous and alluring sound that does Denton and its jazz scene justice.

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The Mouse-Jordan Jazz Orchestra – “Bronx”
RIYL: Miles, Art and John
What else do you need to know: UNT has a long tradition of being a jazz school in a city that has given the world many great punk, garage, emo and psych bands. His campus radio station has primarily played jazz for many years. Many students come and go from school with a wider range of chops when they leave.

As large as the Denton scene is with all kinds of genres, it’s nice to find a modern jazz band like the Souris-Jordan Jazz Orchestra. With an eight song release this week titled Battlegrounds Part One, check out the opening track, “Bronx.”

Formed in 2016 after meeting at UNT and remaining based in Denton, the band play an experimental style of jazz that is rooted in the classics and doesn’t test your patience.

Walking in a wireless context, drummer Alex Souris and tenor saxophonist Addison Jordan weave a captivating listening experience with alto saxophonist Patrick Hill, trumpeter Jordan Gheen and bassist Mike Luzecky. Think of the classics Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Art Blakey cut, and the “Bronx” sounds inspired by that.

Recorded at the legendary Echo Lab almost a year ago, the warm sounds of the studio make it a perfect place to capture a style like this. Many rock bands have been recorded in this converted barn, but it was never a place just for rock bands.

“Experimental” and “jazz” can sometimes describe jazz musicians who try to play the opposite of their genre. Opt for jarring sounds, which can appeal to adventurers while stifling the casual listener. Well, that’s not what the Souris-Jordan collaboration does, and they do the sound of modern jazz justice.


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Henry R. Wright