"The saxophonist lends a haunting sheen to tunes spanning the soothingly melodic to the jaggedly free."
- MODERN DRUMMER
Udden's "stylish" playing "suggests a contemporary minded Lee Konitz" in the "West Coast" style quartet, Hush Point (THE NEW YORKER), while in his roots/rock inspired group, Plainville, his "saxophones often sound like a substitute for a vocalist, never getting complex but saying a lot in a simple line." (JAZZ TIMES) Other projects, including the Grammy nominated Either/Orchestra, feature more "abstract, advanced" and extroverted improvisations (ALL ABOUT JAZZ NY), yet throughout his discography, "his sheer musical presence imposes a kind of unity on what emerges" (IRISH TIMES).
Brooklyn-based by way of Boston, he has performed with Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Matt Wilson, Ben Monder, John McNeil, Mulatu Astatke and many others around the US, Europe, Africa and Asia. His numerous critically acclaimed albums appear on Sunnyside Records and Fresh Sound New Talent. Udden is a P. Mauriat artist/clinician.
Slideshow Photo Credits: 1) Plainville - Karsten Moran for New York Times 2) Head Shot - Zach Kobrinsky 3) Hush Point - Alex Hollock 4) Either/Orchestra/Mulatu Astatke - Phil Stiles 5) Ben Monder, Ziv Ravitz - Scott Friedlander