Chris Flaherty Big Band | Turning Point

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Turning Point

by Chris Flaherty Big Band

Guitar led 12 piece band offering a diverse collection of all original contemporary jazz arrangements
Genre: Jazz: Modern Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Trane Spotting
5:15 $0.99
2. Mosaic
5:41 $0.99
3. Parallel Motion
6:00 $0.99
4. Turning Point
5:03 $0.99
5. Let It Simmer
7:35 $0.99
6. Song for Dawn
6:00 $0.99
7. Dance of the Sardines
6:54 $0.99
8. Trippin' Off Bird
3:58 $0.99
9. Rise of the Fofanon
4:58 $0.99
10. Mccloud 9
5:12 $0.99
11. New Perspective
4:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Turning Point is the debut big band album by guitarist Chris Flaherty. It is full of finely crafted melodies, lush section writing and captivating solos that will keep you listening from start to finish.

The album covers a wide range of styles, including straight-ahead, swing, funk and a dash of latin, all injected with a dose of cool, contemporary, modern jazz vibes. All tracks have been composed and arranged by Chris Flaherty.

The line up consists of:

2 Trombones - Dennis Rollins
2 Trumpets (+ Flugel Solo) - Greg Nicholas
2 Alto + 2 Tenor Saxes (+ Flute on one track) - Rod Mason
Piano - Al MacSween & Aron Kyne
Guitar, Bass & Drums - Chris Flaherty



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Adrian Ingram (jazz Guitarist, writer, historian)

Make no doubt; this is a fine CD from a very talented musician.
It’s always refreshing to hear a young musician keeping the classic jazz guitar tradition alive, but Chris is more than an accomplished jazz guitarist; he is a fully rounded creative musician, as evidenced by his compositions and skilful arranging. All of these attributes, and more, can be found on his 11 track CD “Turning Point”.

It takes a brave man, in these times of stringent cost-cutting and rapid demise of jazz venues to put together a band of any more than four players! But Chris has surrounded himself with top notch musicians like Rod Mason (Saxes), Dennis Rollins (Trombones) and Al Macsween (Keys). Further evidence of Flaherty’s stature can be found in the fact that not only did he contribute some great guitar, but also takes charge of the bass and drum chairs!

Primarily mid-tempo, the music ranges from the relaxed “Mosaic” featuring a nice guitar solo, to the cooking opener “Trane Spotting”. The L.A styled (Bob James, Dave Grusin et al) “Parallel Motion” has the expected funk back beat, some fine ‘side-slipping’ guitar and really tasty ensemble passages. My personal favourite is “Trippin’ off Bird”; snatches of Donna Lee and Confirmation but no direct plagiarism. This is a tour-de-force in the 50’s west coast style of Shorty Rogers, Gerry Mulligan and Shelly Manne’s larger ensembles. Check out too the angular intro to “Let it Simmer” for evidence of Flaherty’s obvious compositional talents.

Make no doubt; this is a fine CD from a very talented musician.

Geoff Amos (Jazz Promoter)

Turning Point is an excellent debut by band leader Chris Flaherty. The compositions and arrangements are bright, sophisticated and at times, downright sassy.
The ensemble playing is faultless, this is certainly a CD that merits repeated playing and I’m sure that hearing the band in a ‘live’ setting will be even better