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CIMPFest 2009 live in Villach, AustriaMichael Bisio (Primary), John Carlson (Primary), Dominic Duval (Primary), Avram Fefer (Primary), Ken Filiano (Primary), William Gagliardi (Primary), Stephen Gauci (Primary), Lou Grassi (Primary), Jimmy Halperin (Primary), David Hofstra (Primary), John O'Gallagher (Primary), Jay Rosen (Primary), Kenny Wessell (Primary) Mr. Fubar, I PresumeESATrio (Primary), Bill Gagliardi (Saxophone), Ken Filiano (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)Time and time again, people listen to Bill Gagliardi and wonder why he is not better known and why he waited until age 50 to record. This latest release won't answer any of those questions and in fact will only give new voice to the wondering. If a trio comprising Gagliardi, the remarkably full and inventive Ken Filiano, and the driving Lou Grassi suggests to you a full and stimulating listening experience, then you are correct. For the full experience, listen to the previous ESATrio release on CIMP 370. KenbillouESATrio (Primary), Bill Gagliardi (Saxophone), Ken Filiano (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)The ESATrio is Bill Gagliardi's latest venture into his wonderful world of improvisation. And who better to team up with than his old partner, Lou Grassi, and the phenomenal bassist, Ken Filiano. With these three musical minds at play you can expect grit and wit as they set up, dig in, and mine. Music of substance—pure and hip. Wisps of an Unknown FaceStephen Gauci (Tenor Saxophone), Nate Wooley (Trumpet), Ken Filiano (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)Stephen Gauci has come on strong in the past three years. A veteran of the business, it's only of recent that he's decided to record. And that still slim body of work has been enthusiastically received by both the public and critics.
Here Stephen expands his core trio with trumpeter Nate Wooley—a brilliant choice. The whole of Gauci, Wooley, Filiano, and Grassi is music far more than the sum of its parts. Younger DryasWilliam Gagliardi (Alto, Soprano,&Tenor Sax), John Carlson (Trumpet, Pocket Trumpet), Ken Wessel (Guitar), Dave Hofstra (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)This release is the companion to CIMP 332. As regular CIMP listeners know, a second volume is not "leftovers." We don't release culls or anything of a standard we don't endorse. So be assured this is in fact more - more of the joyous, quirky inventive music from "Billy Gags" and his handpicked group of excellent and interesting artists. Recorded May 26 & 27, 2005 Tuba ProjectLucian Ban (Piano), Alex Harding (Baritone), J.D. Allen (Tenor), Bob Stewart (Tuba), Derrek Phillips (Drums)Prerelease press has already hailed this latest mixture of soul & savvy from the Ban & Harding juggernaut. It's the Tuba Project in reference to the inclusion of Bob Stewart, whose subtle shading and bottom work keeps things rolling throughout. As is usual with Ban & Harding, Tuba Project is an offering of fresh music to move and reward both the mind & soul. Recorded July 20, 2005. In This WorldJohn Gunther (Bass Clarinet/Saxophones), Leo Huppert (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)This trio has been the core for John Gunther's previous four CIMP discs. For this date they return to the original trio root of 1997 and boldly address eight Gunther originals including the hippest cowboy type tune (that's also it's title) to come off the range in many a moon. Tucked in among the always memorable Gunther compositions is one by Monk ("Ruby My Dear"). Recorded October 13, 2004. JawboningKen Wessel (Guitar), Ken Filiano (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)There may be better known guitarists but none of them get to the heart of an improvisation better than Ken Wessel. A sideman on other CIMP sessions, we've been waiting for him to stand up and do his own date. The anticipation is justified as you'll hear on this mostly original music which also includes "I Remember You" and "Softly As In a Morning Sunrise." Recorded September 9 & 10, 2004 Isms OutBurton Greene (Piano), Roy Campbell (Trumpets), Adam Lane (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums)Playing the music of Bill Evans, Jim Hall, Ali Akbar Khan, and its own originals, the Burton Greene-Roy Campbell 4tet goes pretty straight ahead but without compromise as four strong instrumental voices document their music following an East Coast tour. The expressions and themes are exceptional. It's been almost two decades since Burton recorded in quartet and over 30 years since he recorded with trumpet. This is Roy's first recording with Burton. Recorded June 29, 2004. Celebration of the SpiritJazz Composers Alliance Orchestra (Group), Hiroaki Honshuku (Flute), Jims Hobbs (Alto Sax), Jeremy Udden (Alto Sax), Phil Scarff (Tenor&Soprano Sax), Hands Indigo (Bari Sax), Mike Peipman (Trumpet), Keiichi Hashimoto (Trumpet), Jim Mosher (French Horn), Bob Pilkington (Trombone), David Harris (Trombone), Jim Gray (Tuba), Richie Barshay (Drums), Winnien Dahlgren (Vibes), Soo-Jung Kae (Piano), Takaaki Masuko (Percussion), Rick McLaughlin (Bass), Norma Zocher (Guitar), Laura Andel (Composer/Conductor), Darrell Katz (Composer/conductor, dir. of Jazz Compose), Ken Schaphorst (Composer/Conductor), Warren Senders (Composer/Conductor)Here is an incredible combination: a big band full of exciting soloists playing the compositions of 5 composers recorded in real stereo, the CIMP way - with clarity, space and accurate dynamics. Everything about this recording will excite. You'll have to hear it to believe it. Recorded at The Tsai Performance Center at Boston University, Boston, MA October 5, 2003. Leave it to LutherLuther Thomas (Alto Sax), Ethan Mann (Guitar), Brian Smith (Bass), Cliff Barbaro (Drums)287 Luther Thomas (alto sax) - Ethan Mann - (guitar) - Brian Smith (bass) - Cliff Barbaro (drums)
Leave It to Luther
The distinct energized sound of Luther Thomas is all over the 9 cuts on this CD which includes "Groovin' High," "Body & Soul," and "'Round Midnight." Unexpected is the presence of Ethan Mann’s hip and complementary guitar work. Like Luther, this music is irrepressible. Recorded April 15, 2003, Rossie, NY.
Leave It To Luther - Belona - Tatjana - Body and Soul - Groovin' High - Luther's Theme - Nova Zembla - Up South - 'Round Midnight Hope is Bright Green Up NorthJohn Tchicai (Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet), Pierre Dorge (Guitar), Lou Grassi (Drums)When John Tchicai was the featured guest on Lou Grassi's Po Band recording (CIMP 262), they had such a good time that John decided this would be a good combination to pair up with his long-time associate Pierre Dorge. Dorge is best known (and justifiably so) for leading the New Jungle Orchestra. Here you get a good listen to the instrumentalists in a small group setting. One would expect John and Pierre to debut their own compositions, but the big surprise is that this recording marks Lou's compositional debut. Let's hear it for the drummer. Recorded October 1 & 2, 2002, The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY.
Somethin' HolyLucian Ban (Piano), Alex Harding (Baritone Saxophone)Those who have Alex's first trio recording (CIMP 246) will notice that he plays, in part, the music of Lucian Ban. Now composer/pianist and baritone saxman come together in duo. The ambience of this date is reflective of Wilber Morris, whose spirit is referenced and imbues this session with a moving, soulful profile. It's a low-down uplifting concert, and beautifully expressive. Recorded August 8, 2002. NorthCountry PieDavid Wertman (Bass), Charlie Kohlhase (Alto Saxophone), Lou Grassi (Drums)Kohlhase and Grassi are familiar names to improvised listeners, but bassist David Wertman has been off the creative improvised recording scene since the 1980s. And there are enough bass features that you'll see he's a talent with more than journeyman abilities. Fresh music from fresh personalities, accessible but still demanding. Recorded June 17 & 18, 2002. ComPOsedLou Grassi (Drums), John Tchicai (Tenor Saxophone), Paul Smoker (Trumpet), Art Baron (Trombone), Perry Robinson (Clarinet), Wilber Morris (Bass)The latest from Lou Grassi's PoBand. This time the guest artist is John Tchicai. This concert by the PoBand is unique for a number of reasons (besides the always-fresh improvisations and presence of guest John Tchicai) in that, for the first time it deals with a compositional framework; Art Baron joins the band; and, sadly, this was the late Wilber Morris' last outing with the band that he helped establish in 1995. Thankfully, Wilber's spirit and voice (instrumentally and vocally) is well represented on the date. Eight wondrous cuts. Straight Lines SkewedDonald Robinson (Drums), Marco Eneidi (Alto Saxophone), Lisle Ellis (Bass)From the Bay Area, three veteran but emerging giants of the creative improvising scene. Together they bring some 60 years of collective, and often connected, experience for a dynamic program of 12 structured but completely improvised statements in a very satisfying contrast of sound coloring and passion. Recorded Oct. 18 & 19, 1999. Creative CatalystsBob Magnuson (Tenor Saxophone), Lou Grassi (Drums)Saxophonist Bob Magnuson and drummer Lou Grassi go head to head in duo and produce not only exciting improvisations but a CD that has a wide variety of ambiance. Powerful and sensitive, this is music naked in its presentation and very successful in its strategies. There's no net and it's a beautiful flight. Recorded March 3 & 4, 1998. EssenceLee Shaw (Piano), Mike DeMicco (Guitar), Rich Syracuse (Bass)Lee Shaw is out of the tradition of Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson. What marks her work is an enthusiasm, swing, and over-all effervescence which is unsupressable. Add to this the fine bop sensibilities of her rhythm section and you have an everfresh program of standards and exceptional Shaw originals. Recorded Sept. 16, 1996.