Remarkable talent jazz showcase Luke Gillespie – MOVING MISTS: You’ll find yourself wondering how jazz pianist Luke ever pulled together such a luminary crew for his most remarkable talent jazz showcase… vocalist Tierney Sutton, guitarist Dave Stryker, saxophonists Walter Smith III & Tom Walsh, trumpeters John Raymond & Pat Harbison, trombonists Wayne Wallace & Brennan Johns, bassists Jeremy Allen & Todd Coolman, and drummer Steve Houghton, with arrangements by Brent Wallarab… nearly a jazz “Hall of Fame”, if you will. As you listen to Luke’s very unique treatment of Coltrane’s “Giant Steps“, you’ll realize that you’re in the presence of true jazz masters.
Luke is a Professor of Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and was given permission to put together a project that allowed him to write for/with his colleagues, and the results (especially for dedicated jazz fans) are just amazing… I was especially impressed with Luke’s original, “Blues for All“… it’s based on Miles’ “All Blues”, and features super reeds from Smith and tantalizing trumpet from Raymond… an absolutely stunning jazz session that earned an immediate spot on my iPhone player… I suspect this one will be getting some MAJOR airplay at jazz stations all around the planet!
“DaNaBar” is Gillespie’s (original) tribute to his colleague at the University, David Baker… a very laid-back and superbly paced tune that is a perfect song to introduce a novice listener to the magical world of jazz… I just loved this one, and have no doubt you will as well.
There’s a lot to absorb in the ten-tune collection, so put your headphones on (at least for your first sitting)… my choice for personal favorite is Luke’s solo performance on the Monk/Williams tune “Round Midnight“… sensitive and deeply moving, it’s the most unique performance I’ve ever heard of this jazz classic.
I give Luke and his colleagues a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. Get more information about Luke on his faculty page. Rotcod Zzaj
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