Dan Weiss - Fourteen Out Today!

The great reviews keep coming: Peter Hum in The Ottawa Citizen says “its audacious and unconventional success is uplifting, a testament to what’s possible and what can be imagined.”

What a video of the making of Fourteen HERE.

posted on March 25, 2014 by Yulun


Out March 24 - Dan Weiss - Fourteen

Drummer/composer Dan Weiss’s Fourteen, his debut for Pi Recordings, is available now!

In his rave review in the New York Times, Ben Ratliff calls Dan “a jazz drummer of articulate virtues: You listen to him and you’re reminded of what drum tone should sound like, what multilimb rhythmic organization is, what a displaced beat can do. He doesn’t spread loud charisma all over the instrument. But he’s gotten to the point where his discipline and restraint radiate their own charisma.”

He calls Fourteen “… full of its own convictions…. this is a piece of music — and an album — that seems built only of one composer’s deep, discrete and bravely rendered interests.”

Find out more and buy it HERE.

posted on March 24, 2014 by Yulun


Out May 13 - Marc Ribot Trio - Live at the Village Vanguard

Put it on your calendar: Guitarist Marc Ribot makes his next appearance on Pi with his trio featuring bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor, recorded live at the venerable Village Vanguard. Not only was it Ribot’s debut as a leader at the iconic venue, the occasion also marked the first appearance by Grimes at the Vanguard since 1966, right before his mysterious 35-year disappearance from the scene.

In a wide-ranging set, the trio plays the music of Ayler, covers tracks from the John Coltrane album “Sun Ship,” and even plays two ballad standards!

Album will be also be available on limited edition 180gram vinyl! More info soon.

posted on March 24, 2014 by Yulun


Recent Press for Amir ElSaffar, Matt Mitchell, and Vijay Iyer

NPR Music’s Kevin Whitehead reviews Amir ElSaffar’s Alchemy for “Fresh Air”

“ElSaffar’s new album Alchemy is a step forward in defining and refining his concept.”

Listen to the full review HERE

3.5/4 Stars for Alchemy by Chris Barton LA Times


Matt Mitchell featured in Philadelphia’s “City Paper”

Shaun Brady showcases Matt and his latest release “Fiction” Full story HERE

4 Star Review for Matt Mitchell’s Fiction by Shaun Brady, Downbeat


4 Star Hotbox Review for Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd’s Holding it Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project by John Corbett, DownBeat

Vijay Iyer interview for “The New Yorker” by Seth Colter Walls, read the full article HERE

posted on November 8, 2013 by Intern


Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project EPK

Watch the new EPK for Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd’s Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project HERE

posted on September 5, 2013 by Seth


Recent Press

DownBeat Critics Poll Results: Jazz Album: Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul Reunion: Live in New York #3 Record Label: Pi Recordings #3

“Vibration is essence for the alto saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman, whose nearly 30-year output as a leader suggests one long investigation… This is tangled funk with a higher calling, furious mainly in its focus.”, Nate Chinen New York Times

4.5 Star Review for Steve Coleman’s Functional Arrhythmias by Shaun Brady,DownBeat

4 Star HotBox Review Jonathan Finlayson’s Moment & the Message by John Corbett, DownBeat

“Finlayson… straddles the mathematical and the colloquial so well on this debut that he seems bound for the stature of Coleman, Lehman and Tim Berne, and even of the great Henry Threadgill before them. Finlayson’s clean-pitched agility and fresh phrasing steer the set, but innovative new guitarist Miles Okazaki, young Cuban pianist-of-the-moment David Virellesand some memorable compositions make it already a landmark among 2013’s releases.” 4 Stars, John Fordham, The Guardian UK

posted on August 19, 2013 by Seth


Steve Coleman reviewed in New York Times

Functional Arrhythmias was the lead review in the Sunday New York Times! “This is tangled funk with a higher calling, furious mainly in its focus.” Read full review HERE

posted on April 5, 2013 by Yulun


Playboy Magazines Calls Pi "The Little Label That Could"

Playboy Magazine gives a shout-out to Pi Recordings in their annual Music Guide issue! “Launching a jazz label in the 21st century seems like an insane idea. Yet since it started in 2001, Pi Recordings has released vibrant, daring records, often dominating critics’ polls despite issuing only three to five releases a year.” Special thanks to Rob Tannenbaum for recognizing our accomplishments. Read the full article HERE

posted on April 1, 2013 by Yulun


Pi Recordings dominates Rhapsody Jazz Critics Poll

The Rhapsody Poll of 119 jazz critics for Best Album of 2012 is out, and all five Pi releases made the top 25 with three making the top 10!

— #2 Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul, “Reunion: Live in New York;” #6 Henry Threadgill Zooid, “Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp;” #9 Steve Lehman Trio, “Dialect Fluorescent;” #21 David Virelles, “Continuum;” and #23 Hafez Modirzadeh, “Post-Chromodal Out!”

See full results HERE

posted on February 13, 2013 by Yulun


Pi Recordings profiled in Businessweek

Yulun Wang’s career change from investment banker to record label producer is profiled in Businessweek! Ben Ratliff, music critic for The New York Times is quoted in the article as saying “It’s a really good label now, an imprimatur.” He goes on to compare Pi Recordings to jazz imprints such as Savoy, Blue Note, and Verve. Thanks Devin Leonard for the recognition.

Read full article HERE

posted on February 13, 2013 by Yulun

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