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Atlanta Sax All-stars

by Atlanta Sax All-stars

If there was any doubt, “Atlanta Saxophone All-Stars” announces that Atlanta competes in the realm of world-class jazz saxophonists. Four fabulous and highly individual musicians are featured here with names that will soon be of the household variety.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. About Time
Mace Hibbard
3:58 album only
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2. Bye-Ya
Sam Skelton
5:09 album only
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3. Autumn In New York
Brian Hogans
7:16 album only
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4. Beatrice
Gary Harris
6:29 album only
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5. Concinnity
Mace Hibbard
6:11 album only
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6. Con Alma
Sam Skelton
5:46 album only
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7. The Sorcerer
Brian Hogans
3:51 album only
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8. AVO
Gary Harris
3:29 album only
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9. I Wish You Love
Mace Hibbard
5:46 album only
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10. Never My Love
Sam Skelton
5:09 album only
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11. Toy Tune
Brian Hogans
5:58 album only
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12. Bye Bye Blackbird
Gary Harris
4:19 album only
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13. All The Things You Are
Atlanta Sax All-stars
5:24 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
THE SAXOPHONISTS
MACE HIBBARD hails from the south. But Waco, Texas is too far to the west to be viewed as “deep south” by most Atlantans. Hibbard’s primary musical influence was his father, Dave Hibbard—a renowned lone star state jazz trumpeter. Mace is well educated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in musical performance and jazz studies, respectively, but still manages to be one of the more shoot-from-the-hip improvisers around. When he’s not on the bandstand or in concert halls playing saxophones, clarinets, or flutes, Hibbard can be found teaching jazz saxophone at several institutions, including Georgia State University.

SAM SKELTON is a renowned first-call multi-reedist, and perhaps the most well-rounded of the four featured saxophonists. With dual roles as Director of Jazz Studies and Lecturer in Saxophone at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta, Skelton teaches and performs classical saxophone and jazz pedagogy with the same virtuosic zeal. Not many can attest to mastery of both. Oddly, the required skills, such as vibrato, phrasing, and basic tone production tend not to overlap with the two genres. Skelton is homegrown, born and raised in suburban Conyers, Georgia, several miles east of Atlanta.

BRIAN HOGANS hails from the town of Morrow, Georgia, a stone’s throw south of downtown Atlanta. Hogans’ playing is multi-faceted, enigmatic, and interesting to say the least. Amazingly, he is as proficient on piano as he is on saxophone. Hogans plays jazz as individually as anyone, due at least partially to his studies with disparate saxophone greats Bunky Green, Don Braden and Antonio Hart. Hogans can be heard on bandstands wherever truly individual, in-depth musicianship is appreciated or required.

GARY HARRIS is a friendly cat who warms up the coldest of people or nightspots—the bluesiest native Atlantan featured here. This is not to say that blues inflections are remotely absent from any one of the featured foursome. But Harris seethes bluesiness as a teapot blows steam. A veteran tenor man who has been on stages as far-flung as the North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals, Harris is in demand as a sideman and leader throughout the Deep South and beyond. His expertise encompasses both straight-ahead and R&B-tinged jazz.

THE RHYTHM SECTION
Louis Heriveaux (piano on tracks 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) is an extreme natural talent, with Martinique roots, who is committed to calling Atlanta home. Even so, he has been coaxed into road time with stalwarts saxophonist Jimmy Heath, guitarist Russell Malone, and vocalist Nnenna Freelon. Those here in Atlanta who seek his immense talents as a sideman count themselves lucky to have him in town. He’s stellar in every way, always tasteful with chops to spare. Heriveaux understands and commands the wily art of jazz piano as a good jockey settles a feisty thoroughbred.

Johnny O’Neal (piano on tracks 3, 5, 6, 12, 13) is the most famous musical personality on the disc. Having played and recorded with countless notables, including bassist Ray Brown, vibraharpist Milt Jackson, and drummer Art Blakey, O’Neal is a bona-fide star. His inclusion here embraces the tradition of past Hot Shoe releases. Always in pursuit of the optimal recording, producer Tony Wasilewski’s past projects have enlisted pianist Kenny Barron, guitarist Earl Klugh, vocalist Rene Marie and other stars to help enrich recordings of local luminaries. The multi-faceted O’Neal counts acting credits to his name as well. While it’s true that his flurries of notes are often comparable to those of the legendary pianist Art Tatum, O’Neal’s uncanny ability to close one eye while the other remains wide open also helped solidify his exacting portrayal of the legally blind Tatum in the 2004 blockbuster film “Ray.”

Robert “Dig” Dickson (bass on all tracks) is a rock-solid bassist, an Atlanta transplant by way of New Orleans, and his birthplace of Montgomery, Alabama. His sideman dossier is heavy with heavyweights, including Dizzy Gillespie, Jason Marsalis, and Terri Lynne Carrington. Currently teaching at Georgia State University, Dickson is as busy performing as his busy schedule allows.

Kinah Boto Ayah (drums on all tracks) has a far-flung rep as one of the baddest, yet most subterranean drummers. His regular gigs include performing with local bands Life Force and his ethnically-charged Ayah Drummers, but Boto has a stacked resume he seldom discusses. A very relaxed and spiritual cat whose propulsive drumming is a thing to behold, lately he is plumbing (as in pipe wrenches) as much as he is playing. Recently married with a child on the way, Boto has chosen a more reliable route to the ruble. And so it goes with all that jazz.




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