Los Angeles native Jeff Gauthier is a veteran improviser and composer with a knack for drawing gifted artists into his orbit. While he's an adept and eclectic performer, the violinist may be best known as the man at the helm of Cryptogramophone. Founded in 1998 to release the compositions of the late Eric von Essen, a friend and frequent musical partner of Gauthier's, the label has carved a unique market niche over the last decade. In addition to issuing critically acclaimed jazz albums by key West Coast artists, the DIY operation is also... More >>>