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A Celebration in Jazz

by Antonio Parker & Friends

Celebrating America's indigenous music with a broad spectrum of jazz styles, including: bebop, hard bop, blues, swing, latin, and groove.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. It's Only a Paper Moon
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2. Ghettoville
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3. Dear Old Stockholm
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4. Happy Nappy
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5. Nutville
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6. Marie Antoinette
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7. The Hajj
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8. The Nearness of You
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9. All or Nothing At All
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10. What Shall I Tell the Children
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11. Play Fiddle Play
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12. The Omnipotent
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13. Sunday
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14. Starting Point
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15. For Us
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Album Notes
Jazz is considered to be an American treasure. Some even call it America’s only true “art form.” Wether this is completely true or not, is subject to debate. It is clear, however, is that jazz is an American music. It is a music which originated primarely out of the experiences of people who were once considered slaves in America. Yet its development and evolution has included Americans of diverse backgrounds from all walks of life. Jazz has been embraced by people all over the world and has evolved to a become a “world music.” It is America’s gift to the world.

“A Celebration In Jazz” is a tribute to this great music and tradition. It recognizes the important contribution that jazz has played in American culture. It is also a tribute to the music that has been instrumental in shaping my personal and musical development.

The music herin is representative of the diverse styles and musical forms that have come to define jazz. Although it is not all inclusive of every jazz style or period, it does reflect those styles that have most impacted the trajectory of my musical development. Wether it’s bebop, swing, hardbop, latin, the blues or just a warm ballad, our goal was to capture the spirit and essence of that particular style. Those of you who are dedicated jazz listners and/or practioners will be familiar with some of the standard jazz compositions on this recording. It is our hope that you will appreciate our humble renderings. I also hope that you can appreciate the original compositions, which we hope can only add to the lexicon of jazz.

On this CD, I have some my jazz colleagues and cohorts who are excellent musicians and also good friends. On trumpet, we have Mr. Kenny Rittenhouse, a very lyrical and consistent improviser. This cat can play. He’s well equipped to handle any playing situation and can hold his own next to the best of them. Trombonist, Reginald Cyntje is one of the most serious jazz musicians I know. He is finding his own voice on the trombone and I believe he is going to take the jazz world by storm. He is a bandleader himself as well as a fine composer. He is definitely not playing around. Pianist, Benito Gonzalez is a unique talent. He attacks the piano like a pit bull, yet he is inventive and imaginative in his improvisations. He is like an old soul, very perceptive and skillful. He leaves no doubt that he is about the music. He’s a rising star for sure. On this recording we have two distinct bass players: Ameen Saleem and Gavin Fallow. Ameen comes from a school of promising young bass players, out of the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Washington D.C. He has all the ingredients of a solid bassist. He is one of the premiere up-and-coming bassists of his generation. Already he has made a mark for himself in the New York area. Keep your ears to the ground on this cat. He is sure to do great things. Gavin Fallow is another one of those rare talents that comes along and turns your head. He is such a natural talent. He makes the most complex things sound so simple. He has great execution on the bass and he knows how to lock the groove down and keep it there. He is also a brilliant improviser and plays in a variety of styles very well. The elder statesman on this recording is drummer Lenny Robinson, a multifaceted talent who wears lots of hats. He is an educator, musician, and producer.. He has played with the likes of Lou Donaldson, Stanley Turrentine, Vanessa Rubin, Eartha Kitt, Jean Carne and many others. This is the second CD he has co-produced with me. I really trust his ears and knowledge. I also trust his ability to swing and make the music dance. I am thankful to have these talented musicians on this recording. As you will hear, they help to make this jazz celebration a success. Enjoy!

Antonio Parker



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