Howard Britz | Made In Brooklyn

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Made In Brooklyn

by Howard Britz

Acoustic Jazz in touch with the tradition and the contemporary, swinging and soulful.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Friend or Foe
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2. Beauty From Within
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3. The Crafty Bitch
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4. Mood Indigo
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5. The Price To Pay
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6. Impressions
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7. Computergy
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Album Notes
Hey man, it’s Howard, can you make a session at my place next week?.............
One of the great things about Jazz musicians in New York is their willingness to try out things, experiment, get together just for the joy of playing, the answer the question was very often yes!
In 2000, in addition to some tours and many gigs, some of my favorite musicians and I would get together in Brooklyn to jam, rehearse and try out new material. Most of the time these kind of sessions are not recorded and a lot of great music is played, then lost. At some point, I’m glad to say, that I realized that what we were playing sounded really good and started recording what was going on. Some of those recordings make up this CD.
We had a lot a fun playing this stuff and I think that it comes across, not only that, but as we played together regularly, we developed a group sound and great hook up.
I can never fully express my gratitude to Jacques, Helio, Anthony, James, Terreon and Casey for there wonderful contributions to this project, just to say that they are some of the finest and most creative musicians that I know.
Many people seem to think only of Manhattan when they think of NYC but musicians know that some of the most exciting and creative things begin and are developed on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge, and like this CD are ‘Made in Brooklyn.
I hope that you will feel what we were putting across back in 2000, thanks for listening.

Howard Britz
Brooklyn, NYC 2005

From the liner notes of ‘Made in Brooklyn



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Nic Jones 'All About Jazz.Com'

The central quartet of Britz, Jacques Schwarz-Bart (tenor), Helio Alves (piano),
Since when has getting four or five musicians together in one place qualified as a ”project”? Although that question is a rhetorical one, it does have some bearing upon the music here. In his liner notes Howard Britz refers to the fact that the kind of sessions which make up this disc usually pass unrecorded, and the very informality that is a hallmark of all of them might just have no little bearing upon the success of the music. This in turn might just tell us something about the perils of ignoring informality.

The ground covered on Made in Brooklyn is largely the post bop mainstream, and the fact that compositions by both Coltrane and Ellington are covered in this collection might offer a clear idea of what is on offer. What might not be so obvious, however, is that pieces of Ellingtonia can be put across with what can only be described as Monkian intervals, as on “Mood Indigo.” The fact that a Britz original such as “Beauty From Within” holds its own in face of such exalted company suggests that the leader is much more than a bass player, the dependability of whom is never in question.

By a similar token, this disc is tribute also to the fact that it's never a bad idea for musicians to get together. Look for abundant evidence in the work of the central quartet of Britz, Jacques Schwarz-Bart (tenor), Helio Alves (piano), and Terreon Gulley (drums), who seem to know each other's musical personalities inside out. This again works to the listener's advantage, as does the lineup for Kenny Garrett's “Computergy,” where Alves drops out to be replaced by Casey Benjamin's potent alto sax.

If indeed there is art to be found in the everyday, then without a doubt we have some manifestation of it here. In the hands of a label for whom marketing is more important than the music it purports to represent, this might well have been put out as some kind of project. As it is the music speaks for itself, and its message is a thoroughly worthwhile one.