Chris White and the Cayuga Jazz Ensemble | First Principles

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First Principles

by Chris White and the Cayuga Jazz Ensemble

Fresh original jazz, impressionistic, fluid, with a touch of the Mediterranean, featuring jazz cello.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Foggy Morning
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2. Tammy
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3. Summer's End
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4. Abbott Brendan's Voyage
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5. Northbound
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6. First Principles
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7. Sausalito Houseboat
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Chris White has been exploring new directions for the cello since the late 1970's. Whether playing in an intimate duo with piano or guitar, with a jazz string quartet, or with his jazz group, the Cayuga Jazz Ensemble, Chris' playing has the vibrancy and the urgency of someone who is excited about what he is communicating. White's development as a jazz cellist has been strongly affected by his guitar studies of folk, rock and jazz during his formative years. He is the founder and director of the New Directions Cello Asociation and Festival, an international organization dedicated to broadening horizons for cellists. His first solo CD is called Cello Again. Chris is also a private cello teacher and a member of the Binghamton (NY) Phiharmonic.

Pianist Eric Hangen studied at Brown University and at Berklee School of Music. He has been a freelance latin jazz pianist since 1990 performing with Celia Cruz, Willie Rosario, Andy Montanez, Ismael Miranda, Cano Estremera, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Valentin, and many others.

The bass player for the group is Peter Chwazik.

Drummer Tom Killian lives in Corning ,NY and is a graduate of Ithaca College in Percussion Performance. Tom has played with many of upstate New Yorks finest jazz musicians including, Dino Losito, Joe Columbo Big Band, Brian Murphy, Gap Mangione, Steve Brown, Marcia Rutledge, Jeff Stockam, Joe Carello, and Tom Brigandi. Tom teaches public school and college, and lives with his wife Patricia and their two children Peter and Amanda.

Kora (a 21 string West African harp-like instrument) player Mamadou Diabate plays internationally with various ensembles. A native of Mali, Diabate has been living in New York for several years, and is performing with an increasingly diverse number of musicians in jazz , pop and world music.

Trumpeter Paul Merril teaches and directs jazz bands at Ithaca College and at Cornell University. He has played and recorded with numerous artists in NY including guitarist Steve Brown.



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Corbin Keep

Encountering this album was like discovering a nautilus shell.
First Principles
Chris White and the Cayuga Jazz Ensemble

Encountering this album was for me, a bit like discovering a nautilus shell. First contact: I grasp the shell and examine it, turning it over in the light. Initially, it appears to be smooth, with a slight sheen, covered in intricate, decorative designs and patterns. Pleased, I put it on my shelf and get immersed in other things. Later, the shell draws me back. This time, I notice that there are several chambers, spiraling back down inside the shell. They are incredibly beautiful, and each time I examine them, I seem to see more details within each of them; more colors, more textures…
The chambers of the nautilus continue round and round, until eventually, in a teeny, tiny, final cavity, the spiral ends. Long before that end is reached, however, a wonderful illusion has been firmly entrenched in mind; which is that the spiral continues on forever…
Hearing First Principles for the first time, you will notice that it is at essence, a straight ahead jazz album. The elements are all there: swing rhythms, the soloists trading 4s with the drums, head/solo/head forms, etc etc. It is upon subsequent hearings that the uniqueness – and beauty - of this record begin to shine through. One of the most striking examples of this disc’s tendency to grow on me was the way the first track, Chris White’s Foggy Morning, kept getting stuck in my head. I found myself walking around for a few days going “what is this??,” unable to identify what this tune was that kept haunting me. Then it dawned on me – man, it’s the melody from that jazz album - whoa!
There are many “magic moments” on this recording. Some are in solos, others compositional. The “traditional” label has to be torn away some of the time as well, starting with the fact that the bandleader is a cello player, as well as some wonderfully original compositional forays, which I shan’t spoil by trying to categorize or compare.
If you like jazz, jazz that dares to be adventurous while still honoring tradition; and, if you like the cello (of COURSE you like the cello!) then First Principles will not disappoint. Time to do some beach combing…

- Corbin Keep

elissa benguerel

refreshingly different, relaxing and beautiful enough to sit and listen to
I liked this cd because it is pretty enough to sit and listen to. Some jazz is best for background music-you could use this cd for that, but it is melodic enough to be the focus of your entertainment.

Warren Greenwood, Ithaca Times

This is an absolutely wonderful album. The players are all Jazz Saints.
Chris White & Cayuga Jazz Ensemble
First Principles

This is an absolutely wonderful album. If you're in the vicinity of a music store and have some spare simoleons in these recessionary times, I recommend that you buy it. I've been playing it incessantly over the last few days and it makes me feel happier just to be alive. You can't ask more of art than that.
The players are all Jazz Saints. Chris White's cello-playing is a hauntingly beautiful undertaking - clear and wild and sweet. Eric Hangen's piano work is like sparkling water flowing down a forest stream. Peter Chwazik's bass is a lover's caress, Tom Killian's drum work a rolling, guiding, gentle rain. Paul Merrill's trumpet and flugelhorn are electrical flashes of bright gold, and Dara Anissi's understated guitar a blue tropical bird taking flight. And the Nobel committee should give Mamadou Diabate the Nobel Prize for Kora.
The only odd thing about the album is that it sounds so urban. I feel like I'm on the Harlem River Drive with Grover Washington Jr. in the car, or perhaps at a club down by the Pacific in Santa Monica with Tom Scott and the L.A. Express and a smell of salt spray in the air. In fact, this compact little masterpiece was recorded in the summer of 2002 in Freeville, New York. And you soon start rolling with this Upstate Jazz.
In the liner notes, Bert Patterson characterizes the Cayuga Jazz Ensemble's sound as "...impressionistic, fluid, the sound of clear directed action with a touch of the Mediterranean." Which is as good a description as any.
Chris White dedicates First Principles to the memory of Susan Shalek White: " partner and friend, lover and mother of our three wonderful children... Words fall short, but the music speaks for itself." Indeed. I include that poignant passage because it brings us full circle to the difficulty of describing music in words. This CD sounds like the most wondrous things in love and friendship and good times...transmuted into music. - Warren Greenwood