Natalie Cressman: Turn to the Sea
Trombonist, vocalist and Trey Anastasio Band collaborator Natalie Cressman has confirmed the release of her sophomore effort Turn The Sea on March 11 via Cressman Music.
Featuring an eight piece band, the album features trumpeter Ivan Rosenberg, flutist and clarinetist Steven Lugerner, Trey Anastasio Band saxophonist James Casey, keyboarding Samora Pinderhughes, guitarist Gabe Schneider, bassist Jonathan Stein and drummer Michael Mitchell.
Turn The Sea, more song-based, departs from her jazz-oriented debut, thanks to her touring with Anastasio. ““Trey always wants to include the audience, but he doesn’t dumb down his music to do it. I find myself between two worlds with the music that I’m writing; it’s not bread and butter jazz but it’s not wholly anything else either.”
The album also features songs by two of Cressman’s inspirations, reconfigured for her ensemble and voice. Norwegian singer-songwriter Hanne Hukkelberg provides “Do Not As I Do,” while “Blindsided” is a song by indie favorite Bon Iver. “He gets a lot of mileage out of not too much,” Cressman says of Bon Iver singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. “I’m trying to discover how little I can write and still have it mean as much as possible.”