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Sterman, Andrew: Wet Paint (Innova)

Melodic and modern jazz from Composer/saxophonist/flutist Andrew Sterman, expressive instrumental work written for the band including Tim Horner (drums), Kermit Driscoll (bass), Mitch Rossi (piano), &c.

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product information:

UPC: 726708677121

Label: Innova
Catalog ID: 771
Squidco Product Code: 15266

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Hector Castillo at Sear Sound, NYC


Andrew Sterman-tenor saxophone, alto flute

Todd Reynolds-violin

Richie Vitale-trumpet, flugelhorn

Mick Rossi-piano

Kermit Driscoll-bass

Tim Horner-drums

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track listing:

1. Open Circle 8:38

2. Blues for the Next Thousand Years 4:42

3. Pleasant Pheasant 4:55

4. For Kermit (Upon Recovery from an Illness) 4:13

5. Nor Is It Otherwise 6:33

6. A Very, Very Happy Lama 4:57

7. Bullets Through an Open Sky 9:20

8. Wet Paint 8:36

9. The Well 6:32

10. Bliss Blues 8:55
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Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
Sextet Recordings

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"Composer/saxophonist/flutist Andrew Sterman's new release, <i>Wet Paint</i>, is in many ways a throwback, even as it sets its sights on a distant musical horizon. Recorded in one session without overdubs, edits, or fixes, it explores the deep connection between composition and improvisation in the jazz idiom. Sterman composed the music from "within the band," writing highly expressive instrumental pieces designed for the specific players on this session. Comprising both mainstream players and experimental improvisers, the group's unusual mixture pairs the rhythm section of Tim Horner on drums and Kermit Driscoll on bass with pianist Mick Rossi, violinist Todd Reynolds, and Richie Vitale on trumpet and flugelhorn.

Guiding them through ten new pieces-some scratched out on a half-page of paper, others meticulously arranged-is Sterman, plumbing both jazz and chamber music traditions with humor, solemnity, passion and grace. It's a role Sterman is comfortable with, given his experience both in contemporary classical music (he's been a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble since 1992 and toured and recorded with Bang On A Can, EOS Orchestra, and many others) and in the jazz world (where he came up playing with everyone from Sinatra to Dizzy Gillespie to Freddie Hubbard to Buddy Rich). The wealth and diversity of his experience comes through loud and clear on Wet Paint, where his writing pushes each performer to present their truest musical selves while staying vividly alert to the group interaction and compositional tapestry.

Sterman has been a practitioner and teacher of tai chi and qigong for well over 20 years, and is a serious student of Classical Chinese herbal medicine. The breathing insights from qigong and concepts such as release, flow and intrinsic power have inevitably entered his music at a very deep level."-Innova Records

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