Drummer Mike Reed's quartet explores the world of hard- or post-bop music created from 1954-60, with music from John Jenkins, Sun Ra, Wilbur Campbell, Reed, &c.
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Label: 482 Music
Catalog ID: 1060
Squidco Product Code: 10613
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Tracks 1,3,4,5,6,8,11 recorded June 13 & 14, 2007 at Experimental Sound Studio by Johnathan Schenke. Tracks 2,7,9,10,12 recorded August 8, 2007 at Shape Shoppe Studios by Griffin Rodriguez.
Tim Haldeman-tenor sax, percussion, piano
Mike Reed-drums, piano
Jason Roebke-bass, percussion, piano
Greg Ward-alto saxophone, percussion, piano
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1. Is-It 4:02
2. Wilbur's Tune 5:02
3. Be-Ware 6:47
4. People 1:38
5. Status Quo 5:25
6. Planet Earth 7:24
7. Sleepy 5:37
8. Places 5:51
9. FA 5:14
10. Pondering 4:29
11. Saturn 3:18
12. Things 4:21
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
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From the liner notes:
"This record is presented with thanks to the People, Places & Things that were the Chicago jazz, blues and improvised music scene from 1954-1960, especially the under-recorded and under-recognized folks that not only kept the music alive, but helped move it to new horizons. Assembled here are interpretations of tunes written by artists from or during their time in Chicago, as well as a few originals dedicated to the era. These are not literal interpretations, but rather adjusted to the feel of the modern city and its sound.
A little info on the tunes:
The vibrant drummer Walter Perkins led Chicago's most noted hard bop band, The MJT+3. With the stunning line up of Harold Mabern, Frank Strozier, Willie Mitchell and co-leader Bob Cranshaw, these musicians would serve in some of the most historic jazz settings of the coming decades. Although attributed to the entire band, this MJT tune, "Is-it", was most likely a Frank Strozier composition.
Wilbur Campbell was not only one of the most sought after drummers in Chicago (Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin, Dexter Gordon, and Eddie Harris, to name a few), but also an accomplished piano and vibraphone player. This tune, simply titled "Wilbur's Tune Number 2", originally appeared on The Ira Sullivan record Nicky's Tune.
Written by the great alto player John Jenkins, "Be-Ware" was a dedication to the ubiquitous bass player Wilbur Ware. Although one of the most recorded hard bop players, Ware led only one session, The Chicago Sound, where this tune appears.
"People": For Frank Strozier, Nicky Hill and King Fleming
"Status Quo" may be the greatest opening track of the hard bop era. Featured on the Clifford Jordan/John Gilmore album Blowing In From Chicago, it was penned by another of the city's fine tenor men, the under-recorded John Neely.
Although Sun Ra may have been from Saturn, it wasn't until his time in Chicago that this become a revelation. We perform two Ra tunes, which developed during his Chicago years, "Planet Earth", and "Saturn", which many consider The Arkestra's theme song.
Singer, poet and activist Oscar Brown Jr. seemed to embody the artistic social political movement that pervaded America from the late 50's through the 60's. As a collaborator on such projects as Max Roach's We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, Brown was at the forefront of delivering the message of the people. On his tune "Sleepy" we try to evoke the down-home unrest that was such a huge part of the era.
Simply titled, "FA", this tune was part of the two-sided abilities of tenor player Tommy "Madman" Jones. Part bar walker and part Ben Webster-inspired balladeer, by 1957 Jones touched upon what would become the sound associated with classic Coltrane quartet of the early to mid sixties.
"Places": For The Pershing Hotel and Sutherland Lounge
"Pondering", another John Jenkins composition, was featured on the album Alto Madness (a co-leader date with Jackie McLean). The unison alto on the original recording predicts the sound of the early bop-influenced music that The Art Ensemble of Chicago would make more than a decade later."
• Show Bio for Greg Ward
"Greg Ward is a saxophonist and composer that was born in Peoria, IL. Currently based in Chicago, Ward has had the opportunity to perform and record with a varied group of artists like Prefuse 73, Lupe Fiasco, Tortoise, William Parker, Andrew D'Angelo, and Mike Reed.
In 2000, Ward began his studies at Northern Illinois University where he worked with Steve Duke, Fareed Haque, Ron Carter, and Joey Sellers. Already interested in composition, having the opportunity to compose for NIU's jazz combos deepened his understanding of the inner-workings of music. Also, working with composer and arranger, Joey Sellers, equipped Ward with some important tools to further explore this new love.
Around his sophomore year in college, Ward started spending many nights performing in the jazz clubs of Chicago. Soon, he would meet another one of his mentors, saxophonist, Fred Anderson, who would later select him to host a jam session at the Velvet Lounge for four years. During this time period, Ward experienced much growth as a performer and composer and developed a vibrant community of performers, artists, dancers, and listeners.
After graduating from NIU in 2004 with a degree in Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance, Ward moved to Chicago and took advantage of every opportunity that was offered to him. Composing two pieces for the International Contemporary Ensemble, performing a quartet composition for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Chamber Music Series, composing Wings for the Peoria Ballet Company, and being commissioned by the Jazz Institute of Chicago for a new composition, which was performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2009, are just a few of the many experiences that shaped Ward during his years in Chicago.
In 2009, Ward decided to move to New York City. Almost immediately after he arrived in NYC, he began working with JazzReach, an NYC-based jazz education organization that shares multi-media programs throughout the US. In 2010, he would produce his first CD as a leader with his Chicago-based band, Fitted Shards. South Side Story received much critical acclaim, including "Recording of the Year" by the Chicago Tribune. Next, in 2011, Ward formed Phonic Juggernaut, which features Damion Reid on drums and Joe Sanders on bass. Together, they recorded and released a CD on Thirsty Ear Recordings that same year. Also, in 2011, Ward composed and performed a commission from the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra for a concerto for jazz quartet and string orchestra. In 2012, Ward was selected as one of the two New Music USA Van Lier Fellows. In 2014, he received a commission/residency from the Jazz Gallery and premiered Capturing Sunlight, which was an hour-long work for septet and included a short documentary by Diana Quinones Rivera. The Capturing Sunlight project was inspired by the life and work of Preston Jackson.
Recently, Ward has collaborated with another composer, sound designer, and performer, Caleb Willitz. First, they composed the film score for Beresford Bennett's film, Pinch, which was an official selection of the 2015 San Diego Black Film Festival. Second, Ward and Willitz will be releasing an electro-acoustic project, Gaps and Spaces: Synoptic Optiks."-Greg Ward Website (http://www.gregwardmusic.us/about/)
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