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Lovesome Jazz Woodwinds

by Arlen Asher

Improvisational Jazz Woodwinds with Arlen Asher
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. But Beautiful (feat. Scott Jarrett Guitar and Mandolin)
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2. I Love You (feat. Jim Ahrend, Piano)
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3. Nancy with the Laughing Face (feat. Jim Ahrend, Piano, Dave Brady, Drums & Andy Zadrozny, Bass)
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4. Doxy (feat. Jim Ahrend, Piano, Dave Brady, Drums & Andy Zadrozny, Bass)
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5. Infant Eyes (feat. Jim Ahrend, Piano, Dave Brady, Drums & Andy Zadrozny, Bass)
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6. Black Nile (feat. Jim Ahrend, Piano, Dave Brady, Drums and Vibes & Andy Zadrozny, Bass)
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7. Skylark (feat. Jim Ahrend, Piano, Dave Brady, Drums, Andy Zadrozny, Bass & Scott Jarrett Vocals and Guitar)
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8. Up with the Lark (feat. Jim Ahrend, Piano, Dave Brady, Drums & Andy Zadrozny, Bass)
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9. Scrapple from the Apple (feat. Jim Ahrend, Piano, Dave Brady, Drums & Andy Zadrozny, Bass)
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10. Willow Weep for Me (feat. Scott Jarrett Guitar and Mandolin)
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11. A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing (feat. Jim Ahrend, Piano, Dave Brady, Drums & Andy Zadrozny, Bass)
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12. Over the Rainbow
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A Tribute to Arlen Asher

In this tribute album, jazz luminary Arlen Asher takes improvisational flight with satiny and melodic lines on his superbly tonal woodwinds. Some say Arlen’s music is all about melody, and melody is certainly his touchstone; one easily hears the lyrical melodic lines and phrases in each track. However, Arlen’s flights of improvisational youthful elaborations are such as those of the flight of a skylark—disciplined and purposeful, yet lighthearted and fancy free. They are at once early, sudden, humble yet ascendant, and prolonged. Throughout the tracks, Arlen stays true to the jazz charts and fills in musical spaces with lyrically beautiful, rich warm lines and phrases.

The inspiration for this jazz musical tribute to Arlen comes from his friends and musical companions: Jim Ahrend (piano), Dave Brady (drums and vibraphone), Andy Zadrozny (double bass) and Scott Jarrett (guitar, mandolin, vocals and sound engineering). They recognize Arlen’s genius in his mastery of woodwind instruments—the flute, alto flute, bass flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and alto, soprano and baritone saxophones. And they pay tribute to him for his exceptional contribution to jazz as an artist, performer, teacher, broadcaster, director and producer of jazz shows for radio and television. The goal of this recording is to capture the very “lovesome” essence—the soul, core, spirit and heart—of the jazz standard-bearer who is Arlen Asher.

The making of the CD became a work in progress under the recording supervision of Director of Recording Arts and Music Production Scott Jarrett and his students in the recording studios of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD). The studio became a sanctuary where five friends, all jazz masters, could experiment, rehearse and spontaneously improvise together in an easy setting. It also served as a music recording laboratory where SFUAD student assistant engineers had the unique opportunity to work in collaboration with seasoned jazz musicians in live recordings. There were 12 or more sessions over a year’s time, each with a definite goal but with the flexibility to allow for the exploration of any number of jazz pieces at different tempos, with improvisations and with different woodwinds, flutes and saxophones.

Enjoy and celebrate Arlen Asher and his lovesome music.

SPECIAL THANKS:

Horace Alexander Young, chair of the Contemporary Music Department at SFUAD and an accomplished woodwind jazz musician, who regularly looked in on the recording sessions with an approving smile and complimentary phrases.

Recorded and mixed by Scott Jarrett at the recording studio of the Contemporary Music Program of Santa Fe University of Art and Design with additional mixing at Monkey House Studio. Special thanks to the following assistant engineers: Alfredo Carmona, William Flato, Sam Funk, Dylan Marlow, Taressa Martinez, John Nadler Nicholas Quintero, Judson Seeley, Sara Cunningham, Joseph Gordon, Parker Orr and Marcelino Juarez.

Jerry Courvoisier, fine art photographer, front cover Image and design.

Don Kirby, fine art photographer, for his images of Arlen Asher.

Mastering by Rob Schlette, Anthem Mastering

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