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Big City Circus (Brass Wheel Music, 2009)
Joel Yennior Trio
Every jazz musician who transcends passing music fashions has a 'signature sound.' Duke Ellington once told me, "a musician's sound is his soul." Trombonist Joel Yennior's Big City Circus is 'soul music' - beyond categories. This is a recording that will reverberate in listener's autobiographies long after the music stops.
- Nat Hentoff (NEA Jazz Master)
Featuring: Joel Yennior (trombone), Eric Hofbauer (guitar), Gary Fieldman (drums).
8 Pieces for Sextet (Francesca Records. 2022)
Bob Nieske Sextet
A new release for 2022 featuring the compositions of bassist/composer Bob Nieske (formally with the Jimmy Giuffre Trio and professor at Brandeis U and NEC).
Featuring: Jerry Bergonzi (saxophones), Phil Grenadier (trumpet), Joel Yennior (trombone), Sheryl Bailey (guitar), Bob Niece (bass/compositions), and Ausin McMahon (drums).
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Timeless (DVD) (Mochilla, 2009)
A live concert/documentary DVD featuring the music of Ethiopian-Jazz Legend, Mulatu Astatke. Arrangements, Music Direction, and Trombone by Joel Yennior.
The excellent Los Angeles orchestra heard on February 1, 2009 was put together by trombonist Joel Yennior, and includes three legends of American jazz in trombonist Phil Ranelin and reed players Bennie Maupin and Azar Lawrence....Bands don't come much better than this, either as an ensemble or as a collection of soloists.
- Chris May, All About Jazz.com
Live in Addis (2005, Ethiopiques)
Recorded live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia featuring a number of significant Ethiopian musicians including Mulatu Astatke, Tsedenia G. Markos, Getatchew Mekurya, and others
"Live in Addis is the best live album of the year—in any genre—and one of the E/O's finest albums. Heartily recommended."
- Paul Olson, All About Jazz.com
Mulatu Steps Ahead (Strut Records, 2010)
Featuring Joel Yennior on trombone and arrangements. Solos on "Ethio Blues" and "Bugaloo."
The veteran Ethiopian bandleader works with Heliocentrics and Boston's Either/Orchestra to craft a loose and improvisational winner.
Mood Music for Time Travelers (Accurate, 2010)
Features two original compositions by Yennior (Latin Dimensions, Suriname), and trombone solos on "Ropa Loca," and "Suriname."
Trombonist Joel Yennior...contributes the percussively hypnotic Latin Dimensions and the gorgeously soul-infused Suriname...
- Lucid Culture.com
Inspiration Information 3 (Strut Records, 2009)
Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics
Recorded in London (UK), featuring horn arrangements and trombone by Joel Yennior.
This quickfire collaboration with UK troupe Heliocentrics is a treat, fusing Astatke's delicate vibraphone and swaying, sinuous brass lines with the Helios' own influences, notably James Brown's funk and Sun Ra's cosmic jazz.
- The Guardian (UK)
"New Album" (PeaceTime Records, 2009)
Gypsy Schaeffer, the foursome made up by Joel Yennior (trombone), Andy Voelker (saxophones), Chris Punis (drums) and Jef Charland (bass) calls its third CD quite simply New Album. That's a truism, as is the fact that it continues to make music that is fun and enjoyable.
- Jerry D'Souza, All About Jazz
The Lullaby Project (Tapestry Records, 2018)
Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble
A large ensemble (big band) project featuring the compositions of Brazilian saxophonist, Felipe Salles.
The Lullaby Project simultaneously is dense and accessible, and warrants replays to take in Salles’ cultural observations, compositional counterpoint and the emotional trajectories.
- Downbeat Magazine (4-star review)
Ethiogroove (DVD) (Buda Musique, 2005)
Mahmoud Ahmed & Either/Orchestra
A collaboration between the 10-piece jazz collective Either/Orcherstra and Ethiopian music legend, Mahmoud Ahmed. Recorded live at the 2006 Banlieus Blues Music Festival in Paris, France. The performance also features vocalist Tsedenia G. Markos.
The Gringo Kings (Fresh Vinyl Records, 2017)
An 8-piece latin-jazz collective featuring Ed Harlow (tenor sax, flute, arrangements), Rick Stone (alto sax), Garret Savluk and Alex Lee Clark (trumpets), Joel Yennior (trombone), Keala Kaumeheiwa (bass), Max Lubarsky (piano), and Juan Ale Saenz (drums).
South American Suite (Curare Records, 2008)
Featuring Felipe Salles: woodwinds, saxophones; Jacam Manricks, flutes, alto saxophone; Laura Arpiainen: violin; Joel Yennior: trombone; Nando Michelin: piano; Fernando Huergo: bass; Bertram Lehmann: drums; Rogerio Boccato: percussion
Joel Yennior's trombone brings both support and fluidity to the harmonies...
- Jay Deshpande, All About Jazz
Afro-Cubism (Accurate Records, 2002)
E/O's perspective on Afro-Cuban music emphasizes its sensuous beauty and swaying rhythms...[four stars].
- Jon Andrews, Down Beat
Featuring: Tom Halter, trumpet; Colin Fisher, trumpet; Joel Yennior, trombone*; Jeremy Udder, alto sax, flute; Russ Gershon, tenor sax; Charlie Kolhase, baritone sax; Gregory Burk, piano; Rick McLaughlin, bass; Harvey Wirht, drums, cymbals, cowbells; Vincente Lebron, congas, bongos, timbales
*Trombone Solos on "Blue Attitude" and "Yezamed Yebada."
Neo-Modernism (Accurate Records 2002)
"With this recording the E/O salutes diverse innovators of modern jazz not by emulating their styles, but by seeking the spark of the creation in their sound experiments" (Accurate Records)
Featuring: Russ Gershon, tenor and soprano saxophones; Tom Halter, Colin Fisher, trumpets; Joel Yennior, trombone; Jeremy Udden, alto sax; Charlie Kohlhase, baritone sax; Gregory Burk, piano, Rhodes piano, Moog, Univox; Rick McLaughlin, bass; Harvey Wirht, drums, cymbals, cowbell; Vincente Lebron, conga, bongos, percussion.
The Princess and the Moonlight (Golden Top Records, 2004)
Alejandro Cimadoro Quintet
Featuring George Garzone (saxophones), Joel Yennior (trombone), Nando Michelin (piano), Alejandro Comadoro (bass, compositions), and Antonio Sanchez (drums).
"Yennior's trombone stands equally by Garzone's tenor..."
- Vangelis Aragiannis, Apopsy Magazine (Greece)
Portamental (PeaceTime Records, 2006)
Andy Voelker,alto sax; Joel Yennior, trombone; Jef Charland, bass; Chris Punis,drums.
This hip quartet mixes sly modernism, catchy grooves and a sonic palette reminiscent of Charles Mingus. It’s an enjoyable brew, and the disc exudes a true collaborative spirit...trombonist Joel Yennior has an even-tempered tone that balances beautifully with Andy Voelker’s bright, peppy saxophone. Their solos are logical, their dialogue rewarding.
- Forrest Dylan Bryant, Jazz Times
Gypsy Schaeffer (PeaceTime Records, 2003)
Andy Voelker,alto sax; Joel Yennior, trombone; Edward Perez, bass; Chris Punis, drums.
Gypsy Schaeffer revels on the freedom that its instrumentation adds to its cohesive yet adventurous take on modern, original jazz.
- Ken Franckling, All About Jazz
More Beautiful Than Death (Accurate Records, 2000)
Either/Orchestra is blessed with strong individual soloists...On the punchy "Number Three," for instance, twin acoustic basses lay down a roiling root as trombonist Joel Yennior and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon deliver gut-bucket solos...
- Richard Harrington, Washington Post
Personnel: Tom Halter, trumpet; Colin Fisher, trumpet; Joel Yennior, trombone, Miguel Zenon and Jaleel Shaw, alto sax; Russ Gershon, tenor sax; Charlie Kolhase, baritone sax; Dan Kaufman, piano; Rick McLaughlin and Atemu Aton, bass; Harvey Wirht, drums; Vincente Lebron, percussion.
Mind Motions (Fresh Sound Records, 2003)
Featuring: Felipe Salles- soprano, tenor, flute, alto flues, bass clarinet; Tony D'Aveni - flugel horn; Nando Michelin- piano; Rick McLaughlin- bass; Bertram Lehmann-drums; Pedro Ito-percussion; Joel Yennior- trombone; Ernesto Diaz-percussion; Laura Arpianinen-violin; Sam Ou-cello
Oceans and Skys (PDY Music, 1997)
Featuring: Paulo Danay (saxophones), Joel Yennior (trombone), Toro Dodo (piano), David Smallwood (bass), Bob Moses (drums).