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Can You Dig Being Dug?

by Carl Saunders

Burnin' straight-ahead jazz. How else to describe this live date by be-bop trumpeter Carl Saunders and his LA quartet (Christian Jacob, piano; Dave Stone, bass; Santo Savino, drums).
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. There Will Never Be Another You
7:38 $0.99
2. Happy Go Lucky
9:29 $0.99
3. Can You Dig Being Dug?
7:43 $0.99
4. Yesterdays
7:52 $0.99
5. Calming Notion
7:38 $0.99
6. MIDI Evil Blues
6:58 $0.99
7. One Note Samba
7:32 $0.99
8. What Can I Say?
6:44 $0.99
9. The Girl From Cancun
5:43 $0.99
10. Blues On The Side
10:24 $0.99
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From Jack Bowers at :

"Except among fellow musicians, who appreciate his remarkable talent and look to him with admiration, Saunders has been a well-kept secret, but with albums as impressive as this one, the cat may be out of the bag. Splendid sound, superb playing time and a scintillating session that's sure to satisfy anyone who prizes sharply honed straightahead jazz."


From Vic Hall, retired after 37 years as the volunteer producer/host of "The Sound of Jazz" on NPR affiliate WUSF 89.7 Tampa :

"Carl Saunders is recognized by his fellow artists as one of the true virtuosos of jazz trumpet, but his awesome talent has not been widely recognized by the public, perhaps due to the lack of opportunity to hear him play. This probably results from the fact that Carl's musical activity has mostly been confined to the Las Vegas and Southern California areas for many years, without wide representation in the way of recordings."

"Two recent releases have changed that situation dramatically, and the word is now out...Carl Saunders is a monster player, both in the big band and small group contexts."

"His most recent recording is a live session set in the ambiance of Charlie O's restaurant/jazz club in Van Nuys, CA., and is titled "Can You Dig Being Dug?". In addition to Carl on trumpet and flugelhorn it has Christian Jacob on piano, Dave Stone on bass, and Santo Savino, his old buddy from Vegas, on drums. It's on the itsusJazz label."

"Carl is not only a fine musician, but also a talented composer-arranger who contributed seven original
tunes to the date. Rounded out by three standards, the program has fine rhythmic, melodic and harmonic content and impeccable sound quality. With an obviously respectful, yet enthusiastic audience this live recording contains all the elements necessary for a superb jazz event, which it is!."

"The music speaks for itself, and far more eloquently than I ever could. The program has a fine mix of tempos, and great solos from all hands. Suffice it to say that Carl is at the top of his form, both compositionally, and from a playing standpoint, and in my book the latter means as good as Fats Navarro!"



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Waterjet Chronicles

Saunders is one of the best musicians of all time!
Carl Saunders is one of the most amazing musicians of all time. I saw him live in Houston in April of 2005 and he was just unbelievable. "Out Of The Blue" is a great CD and this new CD sounds just as good. I ordered it today and can't wait to get it. Seeing Carl Saunders live is something special and his new live CD may just be the ultimate Carl Saunders experience! If you like jazz trumpet you should buy this CD. Saunders is the best trumpet player on the planet! FIVE STARS!!

Waterjet Chronicles

Graham Tanner

An outstanding quartet date ,which should be top of every jazz fans purchase lis
Carl Saunders is a great talent and this cd reveals all the attributes of a great jazz player technique,sound,and a never ending flow of idea's and that great jazz feel.There is also a touch of Chet Baker.
The rhythm section is very much together with Christian Jacob providing some of his best playing on record.
This cd should be top of every jazz fans purchase list

John Tapscott

Excellent Jazz Trumpet CD
Carl Saunders is beyond question one of the top trumpet players in jazz today, in both big bands and smaller groups. On "Can You dig Being Dug?" Saunders is front and center as he leads a finely tuned small group through 10 tunes comprising 77 minutes of excellent jazz. Saunders is right at home on every tune, spinning long, lyrical lines out of his horn with deceptive ease. His improvisational approach is highly melodic and his solos are full of pleasant surprises. His tone is also very attractive. The backing trio comprising Christian Jacob on piano, Dave Stone on bass, and Santo Savino on drums is tight, swinging, and responsive at every turn. In fact, Jacob nearly equals Saunders with his flowing and exciting improvisations.

The program is exceptionally well-balanced with an appealing mixture of standards and Saunders' originals, including burners, sambas, ballads, and a couple of blues which add meat to the program. Among the highlights are the opening "There Will Never Be Another You" which sets the swinging note for the set; Saunders' "Calming Notion" which affects the listener in the way the title suggests; the spiky "Midi-Evil Blues"; the sprightly "One Note Samba"; and Carl's lovely ballad "What Can I Say?"

This is a delightful, uplifting, and highly recommended CD. It is certainly one of the best jazz releases of 2005. Once you've heard it, you'll be wanting to give it another spin immediately.

Joachim Tromark

Trumpet Masterclass!
Any recording with trumpeter Carl saunders should be rated a billion stars. This guy is a true wonder, his sound and his technique is unbelievable. On this recording he's performing with his quartet at Charlie O's jazz club in Van Nuys. The rhythm section is burnin', especially pianist Christian Jacob who delivers solos of full energy and great taste. If you like the idea of mixing Clifford Brown with Chet Baker and then put some turbo injection on it, This is it. AMAZING!!!

Simon Pilbrow

Swinging virtuoso trumpeter captured live
This marvelous recording of LA trumpet virtuoso Carl Saunders showcases his super trumpet technique and marvelous improvising in a live setting. With the highly accomplished Christian Jacob on piano, bassist Dave Stone and his erstwhile drummer colleague Santo Savino, Saunders dives headlong into a set of seven originals and three standards, and sets a high standard of trumpet playing from the first note. On display on any of his recordings is his impeccable trumpet sound, stamina, range and intonation, honed from many years playing to the demands of both lead trumpet playing in big bands and of small group jazz improvising, and enabling him an enormous technical capacity within which his playing can flourish more completely than many players. Trumpet playing places very physical demands on the trumpeter, but he consistently makes it sound effortless. There is great warmth in every note and phrase, whether he is playing a ballad or at faster tempo. His original tunes are very engaging and great vehicles for improvising for all concerned, including the sympathetic and virtuosic Jacob on piano. This is another great Saunders recording!


I Dig It! The right balance of Dazzling and Sweet.
My local Jazz station has been playing tunes from Can You Dig Being Dug all week. Every one of them has caught my attention and this will be the first CD I've purchased in years. There is a nice balance of grooving and mellow tunes. This group is tight and Carl's trumpet speaks! I hear laughter, I hear sweetness and longing, I hear the enthusiastic storytelling that happens between groups of old friends. And then every once in a while, Carl will turn a phrase that just dazzles me. Wow!