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Bird's-Eye View

by Sam Crain Quintet

Cool swinging sounds in the tradition of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk- and Charlie Parker(aka Bird). Jazz with altitude.
Genre: Jazz: Post-Bop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bird's-Eye View
Sam Crain
7:57 $0.99
2. AB Positive
Sam Crain
5:08 $0.99
3. Lester Sleeps In
Sam Crain
7:34 $0.99
4. Trail of Suds
Sam Crain
6:16 $0.99
5. Maxine
Sam Crain
5:06 $0.99
6. Live Wire
Sam Crain
5:56 $0.99
7. Sin in Cincinnati
Sam Crain
6:43 $0.99
8. Lullaby of Shumway
Sam Crain
6:23 $0.99
9. Grand Slam
Sam Crain
6:05 $0.99
10. One for Dad
Sam Crain
7:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
Last CD sold: 03/24/16

"displays a full bodied tone and a penchant for flowing bebop lines". -Sean McGowan, Jazz Improv Magazine. From review of Bird's Eye View, Summer 2005 Issue

"The original compositions on Sam Crain's Bird's-Eye View are innovative, stylish and played with great musicianship. First rate!"- Bob Collins, The Jazz Cafe, WRHU-Radio, Hempstead, Long Island, NY

The songs "Maxine" , "AB Positive" and "Sin in Cincinnati" from this CD were recently featured on Podcast.

"Live Wire" was played on KETR-Radio, Commerce TX 10/06

Bird's-Eye View has enjoyed online sales throughout the US, in Canada, Japan, England, Hong Kong ,Italy ,Sweden and Lithuania.


Sam Crain-guitar
Perry Rask-alto saxophone(all except 4 & 5)
Cassie Hart-alto saxophone(4)
Kevin Hart-piano(all except 8 & 10)
Andy Burtschi-bass
Darin Holthaus-drums(4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Brian Justison-drums(1, 2, 3, & 6)

Recorded September 25, 26 & 28, 2004
Third Stone Productions
Decatur, Illinois

Produced by Sam Crain
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Dave Burdick
Duplication by Eastern Standard Productions
Layout and design by Nathalie Breakstone

Here's a little something about the music you're listening to. This is stuff I didn't have room for on the actual CD, being as that I wanted to give everyone a bio with picture. 3 of these tunes have been done before, on a CD of mine called "Spring into Swing"(also available here on CD Baby): Lester Sleeps In, Maxine and One for Dad. If you listen and compare, you'll hear that they're done quite differently here- which is part of what makes jazz jazz. Finding one's own particular way to say it-which is going to be at least somewhat different from last time out.
Anyway, got some terrific musicians here, and I know you're going to enjoy listening to them. So, for Perry, Andy, Kevin, Darin, BJ and Cassie, we hope you like the playing. And I hope you like the writing. And Dave(along with the rest of us)hopes you like the sound of the recording. Bon appetit!
Sam Crain

SAM CRAIN is a jazz guitarist and composer from Springfield, Illinois, with 20 CDs to his credit, all of them available on CD Baby. He has had over 30 years playing experience in virtually all styles of music, not only as guitarist but bassist and keyboardist as well, playing for audiences all over the US, Canada and Japan. Educated various places, he holds a degree in music composition from Peabody Conservatory of Music.
This CD, with all original material, showcases Sam's talents as composer as well as player, as well as the playing of some of the finest musicians in the area.



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Sessions in The City of Sessions
Sam Crain has a unique form of sounds in the Jazz realm making these sounds distinctive,and truly his own! Play on Sam!
Your Friend GMAN a.k.a. GMANgerald

steve benedict

nice bop type quintet
These guys are good;I was delighted to find people are still making interesting bebop quintet jazz. I highly recommend it.

O's Place Jazz Newsletter

The tunes on this CD cook!
The tunes on this CD cook! Sam's work on guitar is crisp, clear and poised. He and Perry Rask/Cassie Hart(alto sax)do an excellent job playing the melodies-whether they are echoing, trading or dueling, it comes off well. Kevin Hart fills in the rhythms on piano and also adds some dazzle. Grand Slam is one of our favorites. A lot to enjoy here.

dennis Darling

The Long Perspective on A Bird's-Eye View
Great stuff! Or, as the name of my favorite tune on the disc has it: Grand Slam! If you like jazz and haven't heard this disc yet, consider buying it. You won't be disappointed.

dennis Darling, freelance songwriter

Sam's tunes grow on you!!!!
To be honest, I had doubts about this CD the first time I listened to it. The opening tune seemed a little shakey. After a few times through, I really started liking it, especially certain tunes. My favorites are Maxine, Grand Slam, and One For Dad. AB Positive and the delightfully jumpy Lester Sleeps In are also really nice. The whole disc is solid stright-ahead jazz, good for listening to while you're getting stuff done, or just chilling after a long day. Great stuff!