Saxophonist Jason Kush and pianist Billy Test team up for a recording capturing the mix of spontaneity and trust that develops between two improvisers who have truly entered into a musical dialogue.
|02||Stella by Starlight|
Stella by Starlight
|07||Think of One|
Think of One
|08||Race of Reality|
Race of Reality
|10||As the Future Silently Awaits|
As the Future Silently Awaits
|11||A Child is Born|
A Child is Born
Saxophonist Jason Kush (featured on New Focus release FCR129, The Nathan Douds Ensemble) and pianist Billy Test team up for a recording capturing the mix of spontaneity and trust that develops between two improvisers who have truly entered into a musical dialogue. Featuring a mix of seminal songs from the jazz canon, original works written by Kush and Test, and free improvisations, Intersecting Lines is a snapshot in the evolution of a musical relationship between these thoughtful musicians. Leading off with Small Feats, Ron Miller's reworking of the classic John Coltrane tune Giant Steps and ending with the classic Thad Jones ballad, A Child is Born, Intersecting Lines highlights Kush's well considered approach to changes and Test's expansive textures and harmonic sense.
Jason Kush, saxophone, is a Pennsylvania native who performs as a soloist and ensemble member in both classical and jazz genres throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed as a free-lance saxophonist with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Daniels, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Benny Golson, Dave Koz, Andrea Bocelli, Barry Manilow, Patti LuPone, Michael Feinstein, Johnny Mathis, the Temptations, the Supremes, and the Four Tops, among many others. In September, 2013, he performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony in Lucerne, Switzerland, and Frankfurt and Bonn, Germany. Other orchestral credits include Kush extensively performance with the New World Symphony, including a five-week tour of Paris, Normandy, and Spain, several concerts with the Russian National Orchestra on U.S. tours, and two appearances at Carnegie Hall including the premier of Christopher Rouse’s “Wolf Rounds." In addition to live performances, Kush has recorded with the South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Hector el Father, the South 9 Ensemble, the Nathan Douds Ensemble, as well as Eddie Daniels, Tom Scott, and the Henri Mancini Institute Big Band, a project that received two Grammy Nominations in 2006. Currently, Kush is an Assistant Professor at Slippery Rock University, where he teaches applied saxophone, improvisation and directs the jazz combos and the award-winning SRU Jazz Ensemble.
Billy Test, piano, is a Pennsylvania native whose accomplishments as a jazz and classical pianist have garnered national acclaim. Test’s prodigious talent has propelled him to perform and/or record with Joe Magnarelli, Rich Perry, Boris Kozlov, Tim Horner, Tony Moreno, Marc Mommas, Bill Goodwin, Steve LaSpina, Todd Coolman, Jay Leonhart, Adam Neiwood, Jerry Bergonzi, Dennis Mackrel, Linda Oh, and Giacomo Gates, among others. Test has performed at some of the leading music venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Terra Blues, and Smoke Jazz Club (all in New York City), as well as Chris’s Jazz Café in Philadelphia and Trumpet’s Jazz Club in New Jersey. Currently, Test is an Artist in Residence at 12 Mile West Theater Company, a Professional Equity Theatre Company in Rutherford, New Jersey. Test graduated from William Paterson University, summa cum laude, with dual degrees in Jazz Piano Performance and Classical Piano Performance.