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Play Song

by Dan Jacobs

Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cloudcroft
7:47 $0.99
2. Speak No Evil
7:41 $0.99
3. Play Song
8:52 $0.99
4. No Hurry
7:38 $0.99
5. Tidal Breeze
5:24 $0.99
6. One By One
5:44 $0.99
7. Alondra
7:32 $0.99
8. Relaxin'
7:24 $0.99
9. Speak Low
9:33 $0.99
10. Tidal Breeze (Out-Take)
8:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Play Song" hits the TOP 30 list on JAZZWEEK CHART NATIONWIDE

Veteran jazz trumpeter Dan Jacobs brings forth one of the most unexpected musical highlight of 2011 with the release of Play Song—a superior recording in every respect! "Play Song" captures a COMMAND PERFORMANCE from trumpeter Dan Jacobs and his able crew producing a very accessible and engaging musical statement that jazz audiences everywhere can appreciate, well done!
- Edward Blanco, ejazznews.com

A jazz solo is nothing more or less than a search for an alternative melody line. In order to be great at it one must have a great sense of melody. Clifford Brown had that and Dan Jacobs has it in spades!. - Buck Vandermeer, freelance reviewer

This is Dan's 3rd album and it's getting good airplay climbing the charts on JazzWeek and getting some awesome reviews. It's on the move up, and deservedly so! Dans' sound on both tpt..and flug. is truly something beautiful to hear, and his tasteful, lyrical playing on both Ballads and Swingers is well worth a listen. – Jim the trumpetmaster.com

The seemingly effortless phrasing, consistently open and relaxed tone in all ranges - a tone that is masterfully shaped to match the mood, and the constant wealth of ideas makes this a goldmine to emulate for any jazz player.
Dan Jacobs Quartet - Play Song. Brilliant! Just like Dan. - Geoff Winstead

CD man! I love the track layout - great flow to the CD. I love your lyricism and every solo has a point and tells a story. No wasted notes! You use the upper register at the perfect time to create interest in your solos. Great job!
--Matt Taton, Mt Pleasant H.S. Jazz Band Director

Dan is simply one of the GREAT NEW OFFERINGS to the jazz world. - George W. Carroll, EJAZZNEWS.com



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Scott O'Brien

SmoothJazz.com Review
Eloquent. Tasteful. Compelling. Dan Jacobs’ trumpet and flugelhorn playing, as well as composition, makes PLAY SONG a phenomenally great jazz album. I absolutely love it, and know it’ll be one of my all-time favorites for years to come. I’ve been a fan of Dan’s work for a while now, and to my ear, this could very well be his best work yet. It features his Orange County, California band, which he formed in the 1980’s. The talented members of this group include pianist Gerald Hagen, bassist Ernie Nunez, and Peter Pfiefer on drums, plus, on selected tracks like the opener, the original, “Cloudcroft,” percussionist Robert Mulligan. If you dig Miles, Mangione, Botti, Hubbard and players of this caliber, then you will dig Dan Jacobs Quartet’s PLAY SONG… masterful musicianship! It proves that great chops + great phrasing + heart = superb jazz!

Ray Thomen

Review of Play Song
I have known Dan Jacobs over 20 years. Played in lots of bands together and consider him a terrific musician and a very good personal friend.
“Play Song” is Dan’s third CD. I can pick Dan out of a crowd of excellent trumpet players because he has his own style of playing and his own unique sound. I was “blown away” when I played this CD.
My first reaction after a few songs was, “Gee, that’s not Dan”, then quickly, “Well, I guess it is” as I recognized some of his playing trademarks.
Sure enough, It was Dan, “Just playing better than I’ve ever heard him play”, and, “Sounding better than I’ve ever heard him sound”. [I even called him on the spot, leaving a voice mail that said how much I loved his CD and accusing him of ‘stealing one of my Good horns’) because his horns never sounded this good.]
I played the CD several times and agree with Tony Guerrero (also a long time friend of Dan’s who wrote the liner notes) that this is a beautiful album. The song selections, their arrangements cover a broad spectrum of moods, sounds and colors. The mix of tunes is perfect for Dan’s talents and certainly seem that they inspire his creative musical skills as opposed to just playing an “edgy hard-bop” Jazz standard that Dan can play perfectly even when he’s asleep.
From Bobby Shew’s Cloudcroft (you can almost “see the seasons” of New Mexico) to Bassist Ben Mays’ “Play Song” and “No Hurry” (they both “float” so wonderfully) and then Harold Danko’s terrific “Tidal Breeze” , and finally Jacob’s own “Alondra”.
Dan is a “Mood” Maker. He loves playing music and is at home in the midst of musicians. His quartet is top quality and I am sure that they were all responsible for the high level of performance. Gerard Hagen, Ernie Nunez, Robert Mulligan and Peter Pfiefer rank with the best in their class of musicians.
Listened closely as Dan “weaves” his magic around each of the songs. He is technically capable of weaving his “webs” around the fiber of a tune and creating an entirely new, better piece of music. I believe this to be the major reason this CD is so wonderful.
It is beautiful!

Ray Thomen

correction to my previous review
I incorrectly indicated that "Play Song" and "No Hurry" were composed by Bassist Ben Mays. They were written by Pianist Bill Mays. Sorry for the error.

Michael Weston

Smooth and Tasteful
What a nice surprise by Dan Jacob. A beautiful mix of excellent pieces and soloing. Dan is masterful in his trumpet playing. A true joy.