In 2019, when saxophonist/composer Remy Le Boeuf released his first large-ensemble album Assembly of Shadows (receiving GRAMMY nominations for Best Instrumental Composition & Best Arrangement), it was clear that his 20-piece orchestra would last beyond just one album. Lauded by The Brooklyn Rail for its “cinematic majesty,” the Assembly of Shadows orchestra now returns on Architecture of Storms, adding another riveting chapter to Le Boeuf’s innovative vision as a jazz orchestra composer. The ensemble performs with gripping virtuosity on a richly varied program of original pieces as well as Le Boeuf’s arrangement of “Minnesota, WI,” by indie-folk pioneer Justin Vernon (Bon Iver).
From the start, Architecture of Storms finds Le Boeuf stepping forward more frequently as a saxophone soloist. “One thing I’ve learned in the process of leading this orchestra,” he notes, “is that there are certain things that only I can express. My voice as a saxophonist is wrapped up in these compositions and I can’t separate the two.” Architecture of Storms also brings a wider array of influences into view,from big-band jazz to indie rock and singer-songwriting. Whether performing with American pop/rock band HAIM, or writing for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Le Boeuf has shaped a sonic identity that flourishes in a wide range of musical environments, giving his music a unique beauty. Summoning inspired textures, tone colors, harmonic vistas and rhythms throughout Architecture of Storms, Le Boeuf boldly advances on his journey in 21st-century jazz orchestra composition. It’s the sound of an artist shoring up one of his firmest convictions: “jazz has no limits.”