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Hurt, Kelley / Chad Fowler / Christopher Parker / Bernard Santacruz / Anders Griffen: Nothing But Lo (Mahakala Music)

A tribute to avant jazz saxophonist and composer Frank Lowe by assembling players who had never previously played together as a group, but who had all individually performed and been influenced by Lowe: Chad Fowler on saxophones, Christopher Parker on piano, Bernard Santacruz on bass, Anders Griffen on drums & trumpet, Kelley Hurt on vocals and Bobby Lavell on saxophone.
 

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Kelley Hurt-vocals

Chad Fowler-saxophones

Christopher Parker-piano

Bernard Santacruz-bass

Anders Griffen-drums, trumpet

Bobby LaVell-saxophone


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UPC: 195269032913

Label: Mahakala Music
Catalog ID: MAHA-007
Squidco Product Code: 31687

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded Park West Studios, in Brooklyn, New York, in June, 2019, by Jim Clouse.

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"Recorded in Brooklyn, New York in June of 2019, this group which had never previously assembled, was brought together by a single thread. Each of its members had played or recorded with the late saxophonist Frank Lowe. And each had been profoundly influenced by his music.

This record celebrates Frank with new recordings of 7 of his compositions. From the record's title track "Nothing But Love's" playful accessible groove to the soaring catharsis of "In Trane's Name", this group will take you on an emotional journey of extremes.

True to Frank Lowe's musical essence, though the band plays his compositions, they serve as vehicles for free exploration which at times sounds uncannily pre-composed. Though this full group had never previously played together, the connective tissue of Frank's music creates a cohesion expected of a working band after years of getting to know each other."-Mahakala Music



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Kelley Hurt is an American jazz singer, known for the groups Dopolarians, George Cartwright/Chad Fowler/Steve Hirsh/Chris Parker, and The Music of Frank Lowe.

-Squidco 2/26/2024

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"I'm Chad Fowler. I write books, write and play music, write software, lead organizations (currently for Microsoft, in Berlin), invest in startups, speak at conferences, teach, learn, organize conferences, etc.

I started and co-organized a couple of Ruby-related conferences including The International Ruby Conference and RailsConf."

-Chad Fowler Website (http://chadfowler.com/)
2/26/2024

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"New York based pianist Chris Parker is a multifaceted performer and composer who has written for everything from small jazz groups and chamber ensembles to full symphony orchestra. With a long list of original works, he heads his own group that offers a diverse, lineup of Latin, funk and straight-ahead jazz. Contemporary jazz icons Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Chris Vadala and Lyn Seaton have all performed with Parker's band.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Parker started classical piano lessons at age nine. Eventually earning Bachelors and Masters degrees in music composition, Parker moved to New York where he has been Professor of Music and head of jazz studies at SUNY Orange. A New York Chancellor's Award winner, Parker engages and inspires students as he teaches them the skills they will need as future musicians.

His two CDs on the OA2 label, "Late in Lisbon" and the newly released "Full Circle" feature the unusual frontline of saxophone and violin. The albums are an exciting mix of Parker's original jazz compositions ranging in style from burning latin and straight ahead, to funky tunes and laid back ballads."

-Christopher Parker Website (https://www.chrisparkerjazz.com/bio)
2/26/2024

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"Bernard Santacruz (* 1956 in Algiers) is a French jazz musician (double bass, composition).

Santacruz began to learn self-taught electric bass and initially played in rock and fusion bands in the Marseille area, before he attended the Avignon Conservatory in 1986. There he studied double bass with Joseph Fabre and attended the jazz class of André Jaume ; he also had lessons with Charlie Haden (1989) and Ron Carter (1990). First professional appearances he had in the trio Soma ; in the 1990s, he worked with Charles Tyler, the first in France photos were taken (Folly Fun Music Magic). In 1995 he presented under his own name, the album Latitude 44, which he with Denis Charles, Frank Lowe and the African percussionist Cheikh Tidiane Fall had recorded in Pernes-les-Fontaines.

Santacruz also played with Frank Lowe (duo album Short Tales, 1999), Serge Lazarevitch, Daunik Lazro, Michel Marre, Rémi Charmasson, Joël Allouche, Stephan Oliva, Anthony Ortega, Éric Barret, Denis Fournier, Lionel Garcin, Barry Altschul, Antoine Lisolo, Anders Griffen, Jim Baker, Christian Rollet, Thierry Maucci, Sabir Mateen, Charles Gayle,Ricky Ford, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Jeff Parker and Michael Zerang, in the 2010s also with Philippe Deschepper. In the field of jazz he was involved between 1990 and 2012 in 17 recording sessions. "

-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Santacruz)
2/26/2024

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"Anders Griffen is a musician from Brooklyn, New York, playing drums, and sometimes trumpet, blending idioms across genres with original and unique songwriters, instrumentalists, and choreographers. On some 40+ records, and numerous concerts across the States and abroad -- including Lollapalooza, Primavera Sound, and the End of the Road festivals, a Peel Session on BBC Radio 1, and on Jazz with OT with legendary radio presenter Oscar Treadwell -- Anders has performed with songwriters and bands like Jeffrey Lewis, Diane Cluck, Regina Spektor, Kimya Dawson, The Bundles, Ish Marquez and Lonesome Crew, Paleface, Seth Faergolzia and Dufus, John Ludington, The Walkmen, Winterpills, Zoë Darrow, Nathan Xander, Herman Düne, The Wave Pictures, Many Embers, Elisa Flynn, Kjersti Kveli, Linda Draper, and Barry Bliss...

As well as jazz musicians Frank Lowe, Bernard Santacruz, Christopher Parker, Roy Campbell Jr., Henry P Warner, Chad Fowler, William Parker, Bertha Hope, Joe Shepley, Eddie Bert, Don Friedman, Bill Crow, Victor Gaskin, Kenny Venezia, Michael Marcus, Loren Stillman, Tom Tallitsch, and musicians like Tommy Goodwin, John Cartwright, Dave McKelvy, Alex Tomaino, Conor Lyons, and Norm Dodge... choreographers Kathleen Cruz, David Wampach, Bopi Patterson, Stacy Grossfield, and Donna Uchizono, and just a diverse range of artists, musicians and dancers.

Anders Griffen is the son of musicians Fred Griffen (French horn) and Karen Griffen (flute and piccolo).

He studied with Michael Carvin at the Michael Carvin School of Drumming, and with Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Joe Shepley, Jon Faddis, Dary John Mizelle, and informally with Charles Moffett, Alvin Fielder, Warren Smith, Grady Tate, and Richie Dean Pratt. He holds a BFA in Music Composition from SUNY-Purchase College and a Masters in Library and Information Science from UCLA.

In addition to his work as an artist, Anders is an archivist and librarian and has worked at UCLA, New York Public Library, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. He is also a contributing writer to the 4th edition of A Basic Music Library, and The New York City Jazz Record, "the city's only homegrown jazz gazette." "

-Anders Griffen Website (https://andersgriffen.com/about)
2/26/2024

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Bobby LaVell is a jazz saxophonist, known for the groups Chico & Rita New York Band, Chico & Rita New York Quartet, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/3575676-Bobby-Lavell)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Decision in Paradise 6:33

2. Addiction Ain't Fiction 7:40

3. In Trane's Name 8:52

4. Fuschia Norval 7:35

5. Inappropriate Choices 10:07

6. The Flam 8:24

7. Nothing But Love 4:01

8. In Trane's Name 9:31

9. Addiction Ain't Fiction 4:42

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