“Douglas Bradford is a very talented guitarist and composer who we will be hearing many great things from. He has a beautiful touch, a unique harmonic sensibility and a musical maturity well beyond his years.” -Peter Bernstein.

On :atlas obscura – “Quite a tight, powerful quartet! …This is a most impressive debut from some younger musicians on the ever-emerging New York scene.” – Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

“:Atlas Obscura is a refreshing debut, highlighting Bradford’s skills as both a guitarist and a strong leader while never losing sight of great group dynamic.” – Elliott Simon, NYC Jazz Record.

NYC Jazz Record October 2012


NYC Jazz Record October 2012























Downtown Music Gallery
Featuring Douglas Bradford on guitar & compositions, John Beaty on alto sax, Pascal Niggenkemper on double bass and Nicolas Anderson on drums. Again the Fresh Sound New Talent label unleashes a new band of NY-based players only one of whom I am previously familiar with. Since moving to NY in the past couple of years, bassist Pascal Niggenkemper has worked with Thomas Heberer, Joachim Badenhorst, Simon Nabatov and Carlo Costa. The opening song “Drink Up” combines both surf-like guitar tone with an uptempo, jazzy groove, sort of like a more swinging version of “Secret Agent Man”. Quite a tight, powerful quartet! Mr. Bradford writes quirky, difficult quick-shifting songs which rarely stay in the same place (tempo or structure) for very long. This keeps the quartet and soloist (either guitar or alto sax) on their toes as the rhythm team is always changing gears. It sounds to me that these young men have listened to enough progressive and/or math rock to give themselves some challenges in terms of complex structures. All solos by Mr. Bradford on guitar and Mr. Beaty on alto sax are spirited and often intense. “Deep Water Horizon” is a haunting, hypnotic piece that reminds me of something Bill Frisell would’ve done during an earlier more cerebral period. The drifting guitar and sax sound especially ghost-like. On “Umbra”, the longest piece, Douglas takes a long solo which tells a story while the rest of the band provides a variety of changing structures to wind through. Mr. Beaty must pick up where Bradford leaves off to complete the spirit of the solo as it swirls through treacherous territory. This is a most impressive debut from some younger musicians on the ever-emerging New York scene. Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery