“3 1/2 stars…tight group interplay…reserved melodies [that] build slowly with stately tension.”
–Paul Acquaro, Free Jazz Blog
Old Time Musketry presents a joyous music that draws from the exuberant spirit of jazz, the poignant melodies and soulful grooves of rock and folk music, the energy and spontaneity of free improvisation, and a willfully experimental attitude towards combining these elements into a unique vision of American music. The varying instrumentation of accordion, piano, saxophone, clarinet, electric keyboards, bass, and drums (featuring a classic marching bass drum) give the band the ability to sound like a jazz quartet one minute, and a village folk ensemble the next. Old Time Musketry joined forces in early 2009 in Brooklyn and has been developing their unique sound by performing widely in the New York area and around the Northeast and Midwest.
In 2012, Old Time Musketry released its debut album “Different Times,” the inaugural release of the newly launched SteepleChase LookOut imprint. Since then, the album has been getting
rave reviews, including a 4-star review in DownBeat Magazine and several “Best Debut of 2012” mentions. After honing their new material on the road, the group intends to record a second album.
Individually, the members of Old Time Musketry (saxophonist/clarinetist Adam Schneit, piano/accordionist JP Schegelmilch, bassist Phil Rowan, and drummer Max Goldman) have performed with many of the most creative players on the New York jazz and improvised music scene.
Born in Portland, Maine and educated at the New England Conservatory in Boston (where he studied with Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer, and Joe Morris among others), saxophonist and clarinetist Adam Schneit has been a vital presence on the New York music scene since moving to Brooklyn in 2006. Aside from sharing the stage with jazz legends and up-and-coming originals such as Lacy, Drew Gress, Eivind Opsvik, George Schuller, and Jacob Sacks, Adam has contributed his voice and wide-ranging aesthetic to the work of singer-songwriters Heather Masse, Sofia Koutsovitis, and Noam Weinstein. His roles as both leader and sideman have brought him from Lima, Peru (Lima International Jazz Festival) to Aspen, Colorado, to tours of the Northeast and Midwest with several bands.
Drummer Max Goldman is an active musician based in Brooklyn’s fertile music scene. He spends much of his time touring Europe, the US and Canada with a diverse line up of artists. Whether it is with The Danny Fox Trio (Songlines), Tim Berne, The Elan Mehler Group (Brownswood Records), Midnight Magic (Permanent Vacation), Jessica 6, Basement Magic, Old Time Musketry or Aella, Max brings a unique sound and sensibility.
JP Schlegelmilch is a Brooklyn-based pianist, accordionist and composer. Born in New
Hampshire, JP was drawn to the vibrant music scene in New York City which offered an environment where he could pursue his many different musical interests. In addition to Old Time Musketry, JP plays with the acoustic trio Minerva, which released its debut recording on Between the Lines Records in 2011; and the experimental rock group NOOK whose debut album was nominated for an Independent Music Award in 2009. JP has performed with renowned improvisors such as Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, and Loren Stillman, and also frequently plays with rock groups and has toured the country with the chamber-pop group The Silent League, and the indie rock singer Abby Payne.
Phil Rowan is a Queens-based double bassist. He began taking formal bass lessons at age 13 and performed on occasion with drummer Bob Meyer while in high school. After studying extensively with Dennis Irwin at Purchase College, Phil moved to New York City to be part of its diverse music scene. In addition to Old Time Musketry, Phil plays in singer – songwriter Kjersti Kveli’s group, which blends folk rock with contemporary classical and improvisation, and has performed with Martin Urbach’s Quintet for World Peace and in duet with singer – songwriter Pamela Means. Phil is also currently pursuing his master’s degree in classical double bass from Stony Brook University.
“4 stars“…”Old Time Musketry weaves through a variety of musical styles, never binding themselves to a single idea while asserting their own identity.”
–Jon Ross, DownBeat Magazine
“…the most exciting music looks back yet continually moves forward. Different Times does just that and more; Old Time Musketry makes joyful music filled with strong melodies and fine solos. “
–Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest Blog
“2012 Best Debut…a first statement full of promise…enjoyable and intriguing…”
–George Grella, The Big City Blog (also submitted “Different Times” as “Best Debut” in the 2012 Jazz Critics Poll)