Patrick's debut Whirlwind Recordings release, Fierce, features an original take on the classic saxophone trio format with Johnathan Blake (drums) and Michael Janisch (double bass), as well as guests Nick Vayenas (trombone) and Mark Small (tenor saxophone).
Fierce features nine memorably inventive original compositions for this 'chordless ensemble', showcasing his talents as “a composer of dusky elegance” (JazzTimes), as well as a wild romp through imaginative musical playgrounds, dynamic interplay, blistering grooves and virtuosic intensity. “I wanted to create an album that reflects the giddy unbridled joy that I feel whenever I play,” Cornelius explains. “I also wanted to write music that fills up and rounds out the 'chordless ensemble'. In so many instances, saxophone trios or quartets without piano or guitar sound abstract and esoteric to many listeners. I wanted to write music for this particular instrumentation that is melodic and accessible without compromising the format’s inherent freedom. But most importantly,” the leader adds, “I wanted the make music that is fun to listen to.”
"Cornelius' alto playing has a richness and humanity to it—it's a refreshing and lyrical sound that creates a warm and often mellow mood... a warm, inviting and often rather measured—thoughtful, considered and reflective—collection of lovely tunes."
All About Jazz
"Bold performances that are creative and, yes, occasionally fierce."
All About Jazz
"Compositional smarts and a centered warmth in his attitude mark him out."
"The music and performances are inspiringly creative and the musicians are fully committed to the task of performing cohesively as a unit."