Slow, Hot, Wind - A Tribute to Great Ballads and Bossa Nova
I want to create fresh approaches to some of the lesser played but equally brilliant ballads and bossa nova standards.
This recording will be somewhat of a departure from my first two recordings, Vanessa’s Song and Lightwave. Whereas with those projects I played some jazz standards, but focused mostly on my own compositions, with this project I want to create something that has a broader appeal, that focuses on strong arrangements, ensemble playing, classic melodies, and great lyrics.
I have been musing over this concept for years, and now I want to bring the concept to life. The last few months, I have been assembling musicians, listening to my favorite ballads and bossa novas, brainstorming concepts with pianist, Dan Karlsberg, and writing arrangements. More than just regurgitating common standards, I want to create fresh approaches to some of the lesser played, but just as influential compositions from the great American and great Brazilian songbooks.
I will be assembling some of the most talented and gracious young musicians I have played with in the last 10 years and bringing them in from New York, Chicago and Cincinnati.
In the early 2000s Cincinnati was blessed to have one of the finest young piano trios I have had the pleasure of listening to. The members of the Dan Karlsberg Trio, although so very young, already seemed to transcend consciousness. They had the remarkable combination of individual virtuosity, mixed with great enthusiasm for playing and seemed to have some sort of subconscious musical connection to one another.
Ten years later and spread between New York and Cincinnati, they still they become one organism every time they play together. I couldn’t have been happier with any other group on my last CD, Lightwave. Any chance I have to bring this group back together, I know will results in some amazing music.
One feature of great ballads and bossa novas is a propensity for amazing lyrics. So I would be remiss to not include vocals on some of our interpretations.
I first heard Nancy Harms on a video recording with bassist Steve Whipple. I was drawn immediately to her sweet timbre and understated treatment of the melody. It did take long for me to decide to approach her about joining us on this project.
When I think about vocalist and bossa nova, I can’t help but think of them with guitar.
For many years Cincinnati was graced with two of the finest professional guitar players who ever played, Cal Collins and Kenny Poole. They were great influences on many of the young jazz guitarists growing up in this area at the time.
Andy Brown, who Kenny considered to be his protégé, was one of these young guitarist in the late 1990s. I had the pleasure of playing many Monday nights with Andy at the Blue Wisp Jazz club during that time.
I love to work with Andy. His melodic ideas are so clear and he is a masterful and gracious accompanist. So naturally he was my first choice of guitarist.
Brent Gallaher moved to Cincinnati Ohio in 1988 to study Jazz at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and has resided there since. He took time off from university to tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1991-1992. After touring with the orchestra, he returned to Cincinnati and the CCM and finished his degree in 1994.
After graduating Brent choose to remain in Cincinnati where he had the opportunity to regularly practice his craft with great jazz artists such as Cal Collins, John Von Ohlen, Kenny Poole, Steve Schmidt, Wilbert Longmire, Bob Bodley, Ron McCurdy, Art Gore, Jimmy McGary, Morgy Craig and many others.
In November 1998, Brent was called to tour with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. Brent was with the Dorsey band for just under a year. He returned to Dorsey in 2000 and was with them for an additional seven months. After Dorsey, Brent returned to Cincinnati working as a freelance musician, private instructor and clinician.
In August of 2003, Brent completed the recording of his first CD Vanessa's Song and it was released in March of 2004. This CD features the talents of Jim Connerley on piano, Jim Anderson on bass and Tony Franklin on drums. Brent recorded with Over the Rhine, in the fall of 2004, on their album Drunkard's Prayer—Virgin/Back Porch Records. He can also be heard on The Jazz Circle’s debut CD Joshua, which was released March of 2006.
March 2010 marked the release of Brent's second recording project titled Lightwave. This features the talents of Dan Karlsberg on piano, Steve Whipple on bass and Anthony Lee on drums.
Presently, Brent continues to freelance and can be heard with his own bands as well as with a wide variety of groups including the the Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, CCM Faculty Jazztet, the Pete Wagner Orchestra, the Blue Wisp Big Band, the Art Gore Quartet, and the Cincinnati Pops. He continues to teach both privately and as an adjunct professor at the CCM.
Nancy Harms is "a singer of considerable gifts: she's a storyteller, a flirt, a blithe spirit, a deeply serious interpreter of song, and a femme fatale whose voice includes just enough breathe to knock you over." -bebopified.com. Harms recorded her first CD, “In the Indigo”, which was released in 2009 to high critical acclaim and was played on over 100 radio networks across the country. She relocated to New York City in 2010 to continue pursuing her career as a jazz vocalist. Since the move she has toured Italy three times (2011, 2012, and 2013) and played Norway’s Sortland Jazz Festival. Nancy’s NYC appearances have included her own shows at Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club, The Kitano, Bar Next Door, Cornelia Street Café and a series of performances with trombone legend Wycliffe Gordon including those at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and in Toulouse, France. In addition to her own CD, she appears on Wycliffe Gordon’s recent disc, “Hello Pops” and on NYC pianist, Jeremy Siskind’s, new release “Finger-Songwriter”. Harms will be releasing her next solo CD, "Dreams in Apartments" in the summer of 2013. It will feature Aaron Parks, John Hart, Danton Boller, RJ Miller, and special guest Wycliffe Gordon.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dan Karlsberg has been studying and playing piano since the age of 5, with an emphasis on both classical music and jazz. He earned both Master and Bachelor degrees in jazz studies from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Karlsberg is active both as a performer and teacher. He performs regularly with his own group (the Dan Karlsberg Group), for which Marc Medwin in Cadence Magazine comments: “This is a group functioning on the highest level of communication and commitment… they tackle freedom and restraint with equal vigor, convincing on whatever musical front they choose.” In addition to leading his own band, Karlsberg has worked as a sideman with various musicians including Donald Harrison, John Fedchock, Don Braden, Ted Nash, Marvin Stamm, Dan Fehnle, Aurell Ray, Roni Ben-Hur, John Von Ohlen, Brad Goode, the Blue Wisp Big Band, Cohesion Jazz Ensemble, Ron Enyard, Brent Gallaher, Mike Wade, Jamey Aebersold, among many others.
Since coming to Chicago in 2003, Andy has been fortunate to work at many of the area's finest jazz venues with his own bands, as well as playing his unique brand of solo jazz guitar. As a sideman he has performed with internationally know jazz musicians including Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Ken Peplowski, Hod O’Brien, Anat Cohen, Kurt Elling, and Joe Cohn as well as many others. He has also worked with many names on the Chicago jazz scene at nearly every spot that features live jazz music including Russ Phillips, Don Stiernberg, Kim Cusack, Chris Foreman, Bobby Lewis, Chuck Hedges, Judy Roberts, and Howard Levy.
His love of great tunes, as well as accompanying skills have made him a favorite with vocalists. Andy has worked with many of Chicago's finest singers including Frank D'Rone, Jeannie Lambert, Marc Pompe, Kimberly Gordon, and Hinda Hoffman. Andy also had the good fortune to accompany Barbra Streisand when she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009.
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Steve Whipple moved to Michigan in 1999 to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied music composition. In 2005, he graduated Summa Cum Laude as salutatorian, with Distinguished Honors from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in jazz and studio music. He quickly became one of the first call bassists in the area, performing extensively with many of the local greats.
Since his moving to New York late 2009, Steve has become highly in demand. He can be heard performing in clubs and restaurants in the city almost every night, in a wide array of situations, from cutting edge jazz at the 55 Bar to classic burlesque at Duane Park, from Brazilian jazz at Bar Next Door to xylophone ragtimes in the subway in a pink gorilla suit with the iconic New York band Xylopholks.
Native of Cincinnati OH, drummer, composer Anthony Lee began studying music at an early age, playing saxophone, bass, drums, piano, and organ in Church. With hands on training from Jazz masters Wilbert Longmire, Art Gore, John Von Ohlen, Carl Allen, Mulgrew Miller and John Riley, he chose drumming as a primary means of expressing his growing musical ideas.
In 2004, following his freshman year of college at the Cincinnati College Conseratory of music, Anthony spent 6 months in Europe touring with Spanish Jazz Saxophonist Llibert Fortuny. This experience would transform many of his ideas about music, and art, drawing inspiration from many different styles and cultures. By his sophomore year of college Anthony had gained a considerable amount of experience and notoriety, playing both nationally and internationally with a wealth of artist.
In 2007 he moved to New York, taking up residency in the crown heights section of Brooklyn. Shortly after moving to New York, Anthony began playing engagements with Jazz Organ innovator Dr. Lonnie Smith. With his growing knowledge and visibility Anthony has performed with some of the biggest names in the industry; Houston Person, Lee Konitz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Ayers, Eric Alexander, Maurcus Printup, Ron Blake, David Hazeltine, Nancy Wilson, David Fathead Newman, Clark Terry, J.D Allen, Hubert Laws, Bennie Maupin, Bruce Barth, Jonathan Kriesberg, Brian Lynch, Gerald Albright, and Cecil McBee. Currently, he is touring with jazz and soul Singing Legend Marlena Shaw. He is also a member of the Daisuke Abe Trio, led by the young Japanese guitar sensation, and recording artist Daisuke Abe.
Kim has been recording music for over 25 years and has been collecting recording equipment for as long. He has a deep passion for the art of recording along with his performing, composing, and teaching. The gear Kim has collected range from the best current DA and AD converters to classic vintage microphones. The aural approach is to capture an audio performance in its most natural state, one that invites the listener in while maintaining an audiophile esthetic to sound quality. He’s recorded many different types of acoustic jazz, contemporary jazz groups, and classical ensembles of various sizes.
He’s engineered recordings with many of Cincinnati’s best musicians along with Steve Rodby (bassist with the Pat Metheny Group), Kevin Turner (guitarist with Kirk Whalum) and Reggie Jackson (drummer with Diane Shuur).
Why I Need Your Help
Producing and distributing a high quality recording is an expensive venture. Bringing in musicians from three cities, renting a studio and equipment, hiring a great sound engineer and featuring a talented and successful vocalist requires a substantial amount of funding. Once recorded, mixed and mastered, we'll need CD replication, graphic design, photography, distribution and marketing. Lastly, since all of the songs from this recording are not my compositions, there will be a substantial copyright fee.
As you can gather, doing this project in a professional maner will take a large amount of funding. This is where you come in. I need your help to make this dream of mine a reality. Please consider making a pledge. You can pledge as little as a dollar, but for pledges of $8 or more you will receive a thank you gift. You can read about these in more detail on the right side of this page.
Thank you for your time and I hope you will decided to help me fund this project.
Risks and challenges
While I am confident that there will be little standing in the way of completing this project if funded, one cannot foresee every obstacle. I have completed two other CD projects as the leader and been involved in many others as a side man. I can speak from experience that very few things would stand in the way of completion. However things like sickness, injury, death, natural disasters, or other random acts of destruction are posible and if they occur could cause a change in personel, delay the project or stop the project.
It is also possible that one of the ensemble may be offered a great carreer changing opportunity that would require that they back out of this project to accept it. If this happens, I would work quickly to replace the individual with an equally talented musician.
This is my profession and the profession of all involved, so in terms of simply knowing the path I must follow to completion, rest assured that I have been here before and since this is my profession I will be working on moving the project forward on a daily basis until it is complete.
I will update this project with any changes to projected dates or personel so that all of my backers remain aware of the state of the project until its completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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