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Walking Distance

Exploration and improvisation are the eternal hallmarks of jazz, with each new performer adding his individual stamp to the library of the genre. Bring four fiercely individual players together, and a shared musical vocabulary emerges. This is exactly the dynamic of Walking Distance, the New York collective of Caleb Curtis (alto saxophone), Kenny Pexton (tenor saxophone), Adam Coté (double bass) and Shawn Baltazor (drums).

Neighborhood is the band’s debut release; a visceral and sincere celebration of finding home and a sense of belonging wherever you are. Two saxophonists intertwine in sound and concept, often blending seamlessly and engaging in a spirited interplay with the drums and bass. The band revels in a wide range of possibilities; from melodic swing and grooving rock, to free bop and soulful ballads, with a dash of terror-inducing chaos. The album features entirely original compositions with the exception of one American Songbook standard – a radically re-imagined “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady.

Neighborhood was self produced by the band, recorded by Shawn Baltazor, and mixed by the Grammy Nominated Ben Rubin at the House of Cha Cha in New York. It’s a wild ride through territory that jazz masters can call home, while remaining evocative and inspiring to the new listener. This is powerful, intoxicating jazz, not just for the sake of the art form but for the purpose of communicating with the world.

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“Count the young, open-spirited band Walking Distance as an impressive contender in a new crop of ensembles representing the contemporary acoustic jazz aesthetic. … Neighborhood announces the arrival of a creative firebrand of a band worth hearing and following.” ★★★★
DownBeat Magazine

“If any group can turn the concept of ebb and flow into a fully realized art form, it’s Walking Distance.” ★★★★
All About Jazz

“Although Walking Distance can evoke classic past artists… this is not a even close to a retro act, instead, Distance has that modern nervous ‘punky’ energy and quick-change sensibility that informs much of today’s downtown NY scene. Still, if you appreciate the manic energy of early be-bop, Walking Distance is one of the few modern bands I’ve heard that can play with that kind of emotional dedication and fire.” ★★★★½
Jazz Music Archives

“One of the most freshly appealing albums I have heard in a long time from a band to look out for, especially if they come to the UK to play live.”
The Jazz Breakfast

“Distinctly New York in vibe throughout, Walking Distance has the balls to go it’s own way, fusing things that you wouldn’t expect to come together so nicely into a tapestry that works throughout.”
Midwest Record