Back in February 2014, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill was asked to be part of a triple-bill at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn. O’Farrill had an idea for a big project inspired by Nathanael West’s darkly comic novel Miss Lonelyhearts, but realized he didn’t have enough time to really write and rehearse such a detailed and ambitious project. Instead, he called up some of his closest musical associates—saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, bassist Walter Stinson, and drummer Zack O’Farrill—to work out those musical ideas in a more collaborative and improvisatory way. The gig went well and the quartet started playing more and more, both in New York and farther afield.
Now two years on, Stranger Days has just released its eponymous debut album on Sunnyside. Writing in the New York Times, Nate Chinen notes that on the album, the group sounds “…self-secure and disencumbered… establish[ing] both a firm identity and a willful urge to stretch and adapt.” This Wednesday, July 6th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome Mr. O’Farrill and Stranger Days to our stage to celebrate the release of their album. Before coming out to see the band’s preternatural interplay in person, check out a few tracks from the new record below.
Adam O’Farrill and Stranger Days celebrate the release of their eponymous debut album this Wednesday, July 6th, 2016. The group features Mr. O’Farrill on trumpet, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on tenor saxophone, Walter Stinson on bass, and Zack O’Farrill on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission ($10 for members) for each set. FREE for SummerPass holders. Purchase tickets here.