Saturday, August 24, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Resonance is a Jazz octet that consists of eight of the most wonderfully talented musicians you will find in any Jazz group performing today. On their new CD "Introductions" this contemporary ensemble uses an unusual fusion of instruments that produces a new and fresh sound. At times, the sounds produced seem to be a blend of Classical and Modern Jazz. Each of the performers on this new CD which was released on August 6, 2013 has remarkably strong resumes and performing credentials. As a result the sounds produced are wonderful to hear. Stephen McQuarry the leader of the group and its piano player did a superb job producing this CD. Stephen also was responsible for the great fresh arrangements and Orchestration. The members of the group were gathered from all parts of the country: Nancy Blen on Cello, Ted Burik on Bass, Greg German on Drums, Georgianna Krieger on Sax, Michelle Mastin on Viola, Michele Walther on Violin and Laura Austin Wiley on Piccolo, C-Flute, Alto Flute and Vocal.
This CD is available at most music sources, and you can sample the sounds by going to The Resonance Site: www.resonancejazz.com
1. Eleanor Rigby 7. Jupiter
2. Gemini 8. The Journey Of Each Other
3. In A Sentimental Mood 9. Moon and Sand
4. Opus 10. See You Next Wednesday
5. Gaviota 11. Song To John Pt 1
6. Prelude/ So What 12. Song To John Pt 2
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
|John Clayton, Graham Dechter, Tamir Hendelman and Jeff Hamilton|
Listen up all my Jazz guitar fans! New guitar sensation, Graham Dechter is in the house with his first lead album, "Takin' It There" and the sounds on it are just out of sight. Graham is in his early 20's but you would never know it from the great riffs and sweet sounds he gets out of his guitar. And if Graham's fresh sounds and arrangements are not enough for you, he comes prepared with sensational piano player Tamir Hendelman who is joined by two of my all-time living Jazz greats, John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on Drums. I have been in love with the music of Clayton and Hamilton ever since they teamed up with Diana Krall on perhaps her best Jazz album of all times, "Diana Krall, Live In Paris". What comes to mind when listening to Graham and this group is fresh arrangements that are crisp and clean. This group of musicians could possibly be the best Jazz group playing today.
All four of these great musicians had a hand in the arrangements and Graham wrote two of the songs on the CD. John Clayton also wrote "Grease for Graham" for the CD. If you know someone who loves great Jazz whether young or old, get them this CD. It is a high-end University course for anyone who wants to know the best of Jazz that being made today.
Graham Dechter and his group are touring around but mostly on the West Coast. Check out Graham's site for his schedule. This group is worth any effort to get to hear them in person. Congratulations, Graham for recording such a wonderful album and for bringing Tamir Hendelman, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton to the party! I have attached a "YouTube" clip of Graham playing "Takin' It There" from his album of the same name.
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