Brent Gallaher | Moving Forward

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Moving Forward

by Brent Gallaher

A collection of original compositions by a modern jazz quintet featuring tenor sax, trumpet, piano, bass, drums.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Serendipity
7:15 $1.25
2. Big Sur
6:37 $1.25
3. Gratitude
5:04 $1.25
4. Cycle
7:06 $1.25
5. Moving Forward
6:03 $1.25
6. Rain Waltz
7:10 $1.25
7. No Apparent Reason
7:31 $1.25
8. Cesar
6:19 $1.25
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
I’ve always enjoyed saying the word Serendipity. It feels fun rolling off the tongue.
The first time I remember hearing the word was when my Grandmother Gallaher named a basement room “the serendipity room” after a home repair escalated from a hole dug under her home into a new addition. I awoke on New Year’s day, 2016 recovering from a nasty cold, and this melody was spinning around in my head. It was an unusually smooth process creating the composition, to the point it almost seemed like it was serendipity.
—Brent Gallaher

Big Sur takes the listener on a journey that touches the seaside cliffs, hiking trails, Bixby Bridge, and all of the natural wonders that make up this special place. The California coastline is one of the most beautiful and Big Sur is one of my favorites. The rich texture
of the landscape, as it connects to the ocean, leaves an indelible imprint to those who
visit Big Sur. —Kim Pensyl

Gratitude is a reflective ballad of thanks. For artists, it is sometimes easier to express feelings through the art, rather than through the spoken word. Also, the composition gives the listener time to search their experiences and contemplate what they are thankful for while the performers musically express theirs. —Kim Pensyl

Cycle represents the experience of subtle change. One part changes while the other part stays constant. This can be described by looking at a creek. The surrounding area of the water like the rocks, trees, flowers, grass, and creek bed stay constant, while the water in the creek continues to change as it flows downstream. On deeper examination, we find there is change over time of each of the elements that surround the creek as well, so nothing really stays the same. The intersection of something constant, that brings a sense of calm, along with change, that brings a sense of excitement, creates interest. That is the aural sensation strived for in the composition. Nature has provided incredible images I want to paint with sound. —Kim Pensyl

I believe one of the more exciting elements of being a jazz musician is capturing spontaneous moments of improvised music in the recording studio. Improvisational music is a constant state of evolution, constantly moving forward. I wanted to capture that, both in this tune and the album, while staying tucked tightly in the groove’s pocket. Moving Forward was written as an homage to pianist Horace Silver who I consider one of greatest jazz composers of the last century. His compositions are soulful, swingin’, groovy, and always a blast to perform. —Brent Gallaher

Fred Hersch’s composition Rain Waltz was first introduced to me by my good friend, pianist Steve Schmidt. I immediately fell in love with it and knew I wanted to record it on my next project. The gentle melody is warm and cozy, like sitting inside on a rainy day, enjoying the sound of the rain falling on the roof. —Brent Gallaher

I wrote No Apparent Reason years ago while practicing piano in the practice rooms at Manhattan School of Music. The harmonies and melodies of Herbie Hancock were my musical inspiration. The title is dedicated to my childhood friend Alex Horn. Like myself, he was a unique and unusual kid at school. Occasionally he was a victim of teasing and bullying from other kids, and he used to say that he was picked on for "no apparent reason". —Alex Pope Norris

As I write music, what gets created comes from the vibe in the air around me. When I wrote down Cesar, I had spent a lot of time listening to and playing the music of Cesar Franck. His harmonies and melodies were definitely running around in my mind, and I felt that putting Romanticism into the jazz context would lead to an interesting energy—the very energy captured on this recording! —Dan Karlsberg



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Joe Ross (Roots Music Report)

Heartfelt, appealing, expressive statements of creativity & progression
Brent Gallaher is a master jazzman who gives us a memorable experience featuring a solid jazz quintet with tenor sax, trumpet, piano, bass and drums. The eight compositions range from 5 to 7.5 minutes apiece, and that relaxed approach in arrangement provides plenty of undisturbed opportunity for exquisite playing and intelligent, thoughtful improvisation. About the opening cut, “Serendipity,” Gallaher notes that it was “an unusually smooth process creating the composition, to the point it almost seemed like it was serendipity.” Gallaher’s original title cut is a tribute to pianist Horace Silver, noted for his terse, imaginative and utterly funky style. It’s a good showpiece for pianist Dan Karlsberg who wrote the nascent closing cut, “Cesar,” for this project. The other compositions (written by Kim Pensyl, Fred Hersch or Alex Pope Norris) offer heartfelt, appealing and expressive statements of broad-minded musical creativity and progression. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)