Jim Repa | Destinations

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by Jim Repa

Distinctive jazz and world music - captivating melodies over a variety of rhythmic moods, performed by multi-reed player Jim Repa and an excellent ensemble from the Boston area.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Red Dot Trail
8:08 album only
2. With a Song in My Heart
5:41 album only
3. Los Lagartos
5:52 album only
4. A Sunny Day in Nyanga
6:14 album only
5. The Path We Take
5:02 album only
6. Como Hacemos
5:18 album only
7. Monkfish
4:01 album only
8. Pyrenees Nocturne
8:36 album only
9. Different Steps
5:49 album only
10. Eastern Dreams
6:59 album only
11. March Mambo
6:06 album only
12. Where Is Love?
6:16 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Saxophonist, flutist and composer Jim Repa has put together an ensemble of some of the finest players in the Boston area to record “Destinations,” his first CD as a leader. The album features engaging and distinctive jazz and world music drawn from influences around the globe. Nine of the twelve pieces were written by Jim, and they are inspired by the sounds and sights of South Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil, France, Spain, the Middle East and the trails of New Hampshire. Rounding out the program are the Rodgers and Hart classic “With a Song in My Heart”, Lionel Bart’s “Where is Love?” from the musical “Oliver,” and singer/composer Mili Bermejo’s “Como Hacemos.”

Jim has recorded and performed with the Mark Snyder Quartet, the Steve Langone Group, singers Lynne Jackson and Mike Palter, and a host of small and large ensembles. He has performed in numerous venues around New England and the midwest, as well as Paris, France; Cape Town, South Africa; and Ojai, California. As a saxophonist, Jim draws his influences from Paul Desmond, Cannonball Adderley, and John Coltrane.

On the CD, Jim plays alto sax, soprano sax, flute and alto flute. The ensemble features pianist Doug Johnson, bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa, drummer Steve Langone, trumpeter Ken Cervenka, tenor saxophonist Rick DiMuzio and trombonist John Pierce. There are guest appearances by John Baboian on guitar, Anita Quinto on congas and percussion, and Bob Sinicrope on bass. The rhythm section smoothly moves through a variety of rhythmic styles on the album, ranging from Afro-Cuban to straight-ahead jazz to unique rhythms in 5/4 and 7/4 time. The CD also is a showcase for fine improvisational skills of all its players.

Altogether, Jim’s compositions and arrangements, with their captivating melodies and distinctive rhythmic moods, performed by an excellent ensemble, add up to a CD you’ll want to hear again and again.



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Alan Wallace

Take A Trip to A New Destination
Jim Repa may not be a world famous name, but he is a world-class musician and composer. His new CD “Destinations” offers ample proof of this through his original compositions as well as his mastery of soprano sax, alto sax and flute. All of the original tracks offer a look into destinations – be they geographic places or places in one’s mind! And, Jim takes you to many different destinations.

The ensemble and solo work of Jim’s friends and colleagues is excellent as well. Like Jim, they are performers of the top rank. And, these guys sound like they enjoy making music together.

Too often contemporary (and usually commercial) jazz stays safe and therefore is uneventful in my mind. This is not the case of “Destinations!” Jim’s use of meters such as 5/4 and 7/4 keep one from getting into a complacent “groove.” And, if you want something different, listen to one of the two non-original Repa compositions – “Where is Love – played in 11/8! It works.

For forty years Jim has been playing with different meters and chords, developing his skills as a composer, instrumentalist and improviser. “Destinations” is ample proof he has reached his destination – until he looks for his next one – wherever that may be. I’ll bet the trip will be worth it. I only wish I lived in the Boston area and could here Jim and this group. If you do, look them up and take a listen. Until then, buy, enjoy and experience this excellent recording.

Alan Wallace
Knoxville, TN