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Fight the Big Bull

All is Gladness in the Kingdom

Fight the Big Bull: All is Gladness in the Kingdom (Clean Feed)

Guitarist, composer and arranger Matt White with his unique big band including Steven Bernstein, J.C. Kuhl, John Lilley, BobMiller, Reggie Pace, Bryan Hooten, &c.
 

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Jason Scott-tenor saxophone, clarinet, alto saxophone

J.C. Kuhl-tenor saxophone, clarinet

John Lilley-tenor saxophone

Steven Bernstein-trumpet, slide trumpet

Bob Miller-trumpet

Reggie Pace-trombone

Bryan Hooten-trombone

Matt White-guitar

Cameron Ralston-bass

Brian Jones-percussion

Pinson Chanselle-trap kit

Eddie Prendergast-electric bass (track 7)


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UPC: 5609063001693

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF169
Squidco Product Code: 12670

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded February 20-24, 2009 by Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage Studios. Mixed February 25, April 13 and April 20, 2009 by Lance Koehler, Matthew White ad Steven Bernstein at Minimum Wage Studios.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Guitarist, composer and arranger Matt White is back with his unique big band, Fight the Big Bull. And he brings with him a very special guest, Steven Bernstein, who trumpets all the way, contributes with a couple of scores, is the co-arranger, and also the co-producer. We feel his presence in every corner of the music, but this is, undoubtedly, a project coming from White's creativity and vision.

Once again, there's direct or undirect references to Charles Mingus, and specially to the album The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, but synthesized in a personal and up-to-date project. It goes from unison melodies to free playing very near organized chaos, and from groovy situations to contrapuntal marvels which certainly would make Bach proud. The good spirited, but ironic, "All is Gladness in the Kingdom" has a particularly interesting focus: the relations constructed between the reed/brass section (Jason Scott, J.C. Kuhl, John Lilley, Bernstein, Bob Miller, Reggie Pace, and Bryan Hooten), and Matt White's electric guitar, above a powerful rhythmic base sustained by the percussionists Brian Jones and Pinson Chanselle and by the contrabassist Cameron Ralston - in one track reinforced by Eddie Prendergast and his electric bass. Everything sounds like a machine going nuts, and that's wonderful."-Clean Feed



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"Jason Scott is active as a performing musician, composer, and educator with over 10 years of college teaching experience and over 16 years in classroom and private instruction. His private studio includes students of all ages and skill level, many of whom have been recognized in state, district, and county ensembles.

As a performer, Jason has been a featured artist with many of Richmond's top bands. Jason is currently a member of Richmond's critically acclaimed avante garde jazz ensemble, "Fight the Big Bull", signed to Clean Feed records and featured regularly on National Public Radio. While attending New York University he was awarded the "Charles McGhee Scholarship for Musical Excellence" and "Outstanding Leadership in Jazz/Contemporary Music Studies" grant.

Most recently Jason performed for 2 nights in the main hall at the iconic Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia with the critically acclaimed show "Sounds of the South". Members of the group include Grammy Award winner Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Rolling Stone's artist to watch Matthew E White. In addition to performances throughout the United States, South America and Europe, Jason was invited to a one month residency funded by the United States embassy in Turkey. There, he provided jazz education for university students through classroom lectures and interactive performance classes. A past student of world-renowned saxophonist George Garzone, he has performed in major venues including New York's famous Birdland, headlined the Williamsburg Jazz Festival and has performed alongside many of the world's most revered jazz artists. He holds degrees from Virginia Commonwealth and New York University."

-LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasscott)
5/23/2024

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"J.C. Kuhl has been an adjunct professor of jazz saxophone at VCU since 2005. A native of Baltimore, MD, he plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet and studied at Towson State University, where he majored in jazz/commercial music. After working in clubs in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, he moved to Richmond in 1995 and joined the eclectic rock band Agents of Good Roots, which fused many different styles including jazz, hip-hop, and classical. They toured incessantly for six years, playing more than 200 shows a year. After Agents, J.C. was a member of Devil's Workshop Big Band, Modern Groove Syndicate, Bio Ritmo, and The Thompson/D'earth Band.

Kuhl has performed and/or shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band; John Scofield Uberjam Band and Quartet; Béla Fleck and the Flecktones; Bruce Hornsby; Blues Traveler; Karl Denson's Tiny Universe; Medeski, Martin, and Wood; Big Head Todd and the Monsters; The Neville Brothers; The Temptations; Soulive; Pat McGee Band; Moe; and G Love and Special Sauce. He toured as part of the H.O.R.D.E. tour for two years with artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Rusted Root, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, King Crimson, Ben Harper, and Blues Traveler and continues to perform extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is currently a member of Mekong Express, Mike Davison's Latin Jazz Messengers, John D'earth Group, Jones/Kuhl Duo, Brian Jones Group, Ombak, Old New Things, Three Sheets to the Wind, The Winn Brothers Band, and The Bachelor Boys Band.

J.C. resides in Richmond with his family and is a freelance performer, live and in the studios. He also teaches at The Collegiate School and has taught at Ashland Music Center and Harrison Music/Music and Arts."

-Virginia Commonwealth University (https://arts.vcu.edu/community/vcuarts-faculty-and-staff/directory/j-c-kuhl/)
5/23/2024

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"Steven Bernstein (born October 8, 1961), is an American trumpeter, slide trumpeter, arranger/composer and bandleader from New York City, who lives outside of musical convention.

He is best known for his work as an arranger and a trumpet player in his bands Sexmob, the Millennial Territory Orchestra, The Lounge Lizards, Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9, and The Midnight Ramble Band, which have garnered him four DownBeat® Critics Poll Awards, three GRAMMY® Awards, one GRAMMY® Award nomination, and a London Times "Jazz Record of the Year" Award. He has worked on over 131 recordings and has played with a diverse group of jazz giants such as Rosewell Rudd, Sam Rivers, Don Bryon, David Murray, Dave Berger, Mocean Worker, and Medeski, Martin & Wood, and others including My Morning Jacket, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Digable Planets, Sting, Courtney Love, and Ryuichi Sakamoto."

-Steven Bernstein Website (http://www.stevenbernstein.net/bio/)
5/23/2024

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"Bob Miller plays trumpet, synth and sings coro for Bio Ritmo. He's been in the band almost since the beginning.

He has been playing trumpet professionally since 1991. He graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Music Education in 1995 and went on to do Master's work in jazz at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has appeared on over 50 recordings ranging from jazz to folk to latin to rock and roll, including albums with Bio Ritmo, Matthew E. White, The Mountain Goats, Megafaun, Steven Bernstein, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, David Karsten Daniels, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and Marion James. He has been honored to share the stage with artists such as Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Sharon Van Etten, Ken Vandermark, Clark Terry, Dave Holland, John Pizzarelli, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Poncho Sanchez, Eddie and Gerald Levert, and Barry Harris as well as most of the artists on whose recordings he has appeared. His open-minded approach to music has made him a highly sought after studio musician and freelance artist. Current projects include old-school salsa outfit Bio Ritmo, Avant-jazz groups The Scott Clark 4tet and Fight the Big Bull, Modern Americana artist Matthew E. White and numerous other projects in the Richmond, VA area including Fear of Music, Hi-Steps and Microwaves."

-Bio Ritmo (http://bioritmo.com/bob-miller/)
5/23/2024

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"Cameron Ralston is the House Bassist & Producer for Spacebomb Records. He tour sometimes. He lives in Richmond, VA."

-https://twitter.com/cameronthewise?lang=en (Twitter)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Mobile Tigers 9:33

2. Mothra 9:36

3. The Sacred Harp 5:41

4. Jemima Surrender 7:09

5. Gold Lions 7:32

6. All Is Gladness In The Kingdom 10:56

7. Eddie and Cameron Strike Back / Satchel Paige 9:18

8. Martin Denny 8:07

9. Rockers 8:28

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