"Live Themes" is Meisel's first recording project. All songs are relics of Ryan's first composition sessions that were written over a two week period in the winter of 2002 while Ryan was attending the University of Wisconsin Madison. Ryan first started honing his skills as a composer by using ideas he heard from his favorite artists. John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus and James Carter, to name a few. Ryan infuses his personal interests and life experiences into his music, creating a platform for improvising while staying true to swing, funk, and avant-garde styles of jazz.
While raw in quality, this recording is pinnacle in Ryan's development as a band leader and establishes the style that Ryan would try to capture in the coming years.
released August 9, 2016
Ryan Meisel- Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Adam Braatz on piano
Jason Braatz on bass
Jordan Cohen on drums.
Recorded live at Cafe Assisi in Madison, WI March 8th 2002. Produced by A.J. Love and Ryan Meisel, Engineered by Jim Newhouser and Alex Mielke of Studio Earth Remote. Picture taken by Cameron Potter.