Nixon's composing is as seemingly effortless as his playing, which makes light of what are often quite complex tunes.
Chris May (All About Jazz)
Nixon, Croft and Goretti
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"Nixon, Croft and Goretti" is a modern jazz piano trio dedicated to original compositions, as demonstrated by their debut album IN CONGRUENCE (2021). The group features pianist/composer Andrew Nixon, bassist Ed Croft and drummer Joe Goretti.
Born in 1983, Andrew Nixon is a graduate of the the University of Buffalo, where he earned a masters degree in music theory in 2012. He is also a former student of Paul Hofmann (MHRRecords, Eastman School of Music), who wrote the liner notes for IN CONGRUENCE.
From Paul Hofmann:
"Though still a young man, Andrew has achieved a beautifully unique writing and playing style - both of which are clearly demonstrated throughout IN CONGRUENCE, a wonderful debut trio recording featuring two superb sidemen and where all the compositions are Nixon’s."
From Lance Liddle (Bebop Spoken Here):
"Apart from composing, Nixon is a stand out pianist who swings like the long gone greats but still lives in the present. He's found that niche between the past and the future where musicality reigns supreme - Bill Evans had similar qualities."
On drums is Joe Goretti, a Berklee College of Music graduate whose credits include work with Moby, Ne-Yo, Robyn, AJR, Ingrid Michelson, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), The Temptations and more. (Visit Joe Goretti's official website here)
Bassist Ed Croft is a 3 time recipient of the JazzBuffalo poll for Best Acoustic Upright Bassist and a graduate of SUNY Fredonia and Bowling Green State University. (Visit Ed Croft's official website here)
From an interview with JazzBuffalo:
"I think of composition as code breaking. I think of it not as starting from scratch but as looking for something that has been there all along, buried in an ocean of information. My job as composer is to find just the right pathways to illuminate it." -Andrew Nixon
Chris May (All About Jazz)
A glowingly lyrical player, who never plays two notes when one will do, Nixon brings a relaxed swing to the nine diverse originals on the album. If he reminds you of any pianist it is likely to be Bill Evans in his prime, although there are glancing references to Chick Corea and Sonny Clark.
George W. Harris (Jazz Weekly)
An impressive debut album by the combination of pianist/composer Andrew Nixon, bassist Ed Croft and Joe Goretti on drums shows the width, breath and strength of what a team of three are capable of producing these days.
Lance Liddle (Bebop Spoken Here)
Apart from composing, Nixon is a stand out pianist who swings like the long gone greats but still lives in the present. He's found that niche between the past and the future where musicality reigns supreme.
Tony Zambito (JazzBuffalo)
If you are not familiar with Andrew Nixon, then you should take notice of his debut album, IN CONGRUENCE.