While We're Still Young (2016)

While We're Still Young (2016)

While We're Still Young features original music for jazz octet inspired by the timeless poetry of A.A. Milne. Originally commissioned by Chamber Music America and featured on NPR's "JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater," While We're Still Young features an all-star ensemble including Gerald Clayton (piano), Kendrick Scott (drums), John Ellis (Tenor Saxophone), Miles Okazaki (Guitar), Peter Slavov (Bass), Jason Palmer (Trumpet), and Nick Vayenas (Trombone). Available now on Whirlwind Recordings.
Infinite Blue

Infinite Blue

Infinite Blue is the second album for Whirlwind Recordings by the award-winning New York-based Saxophonist and Composer Patrick Cornelius, and represents the refinement of melodic concepts that he has been exploring for years (and over the course of 3 previous solo albums). The idea of telling a story through the contour of melody and the color of orchestration continues to fascinate the young bandleader.

Every song written for this new release tells a discrete story, either from the composer’s personal experience or some corner of his imagination. To bring such specifically programmatic music to life, he enlisted an A-List of musicians with a keen ability to accompany and improvise with an ear towards musical narrative.
Maybe Steps

Maybe Steps

With the talent to convey thought-provoking stories through his music, Patrick Cornelius pens a fresh chapter of personal and emotive composition in Maybe Steps, his third release as a leader. The recording follows the alto saxophonist's well-received debut, Lucid Dream (Self Produced, 2006) and the more groove-oriented Fierce (Whirlwind Recordings Ltd., 2010), both filled with robust writing, tight musicianship, and distinction.

The mode here is modern mainstream, but what gives the recording its verve is Cornelius' intricate use of straightforward melodies, evocative themes, and gripping contributions from his band mates. His attributes are coupled with a piercing tone, sharp technique, and a leader's acumen—that ability to assemble and extract the best from new heavies such as pianist Gerald Clayton and drummer Kendrick Scott.
Fierce

Fierce

Over the past several years, alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius has emerged as one of the strongest new voices on the New York Jazz scene. His debut WWR release, Fierce, will no doubt go down as an important addition to the saxophone trio format and features a bumper crop of exciting young talents: Johnathan Blake (drums), Michael Janisch (bass), Nick Vayenas (trombone), and Mark Small (tenor saxophone).
Lucid Dream

Lucid Dream

Contemporary mainstream jazz involves many factors, including composition, instrumentation, and environment; but the musician's ability to combine all these variables into their own concept is what makes the biggest impact on the listener. New York saxophonist Patrick Cornelius brings together all of these elements on his acoustic debut, Lucid Dream, yielding progressive, melodic and aesthetically pleasing music.

The fact that Cornelius is a bold and gifted saxophonist becomes clear after listening to his dexterous and angular notes on both alto and soprano. But what also becomes apparent are his striking arranging and composing skills, manifested in the disc's nine selections. Making good use of a talented group of young musicians also helps, and the core members—pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Sean Conly and drummer Kendrick Scott—are all exemplary in their performances.
Traveling Song

Traveling Song

The TransAtlantic Collective was a contemporary jazz ensemble that operated on the international scene from the years 2005-2009, undertaking substantial tours in the USA, UK, and Mainland & Eastern Europe. Its members and collaborators represented some of the top emerging artists from New York City, London, and Europe. The Collective was formed in order to foster cross-continental collaboration in musical performance, composition, and education.

The Collective was started in 2005 by Patrick Cornelius (a multi-award-winning New York saxophonist and composer), and London-based American Michael Janisch (a prominent new global voice on the acoustic and electric bass). Both alumni of Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, Patrick and Michael founded the Collective as a way to bring musicians from Europe and New York together and spark musical kinship between both sides of the Atlantic.