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In The Now

by DKO The Darren Kramer Organization

70+ min of Funk, Jazz & World Music featuring Michael Brecker Rick Margitza & Eric Marienthal. Also includes the dynamic 20-min "Latin Suite". DKO Sheet Music available!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In The Now : Part I
2:44 $0.99
2. In The Now : Part II (feat. Michael Brecker)
7:39 $0.99
3. Everything
6:28 $0.99
4. Ballade (feat. Rick Margitza)
6:19 $0.99
5. I'm Sorry
4:41 $0.99
6. Latin Suite : Cha Cha
7:07 $0.99
7. Latin Suite : Bolero
3:15 $0.99
8. Latin Suite : Mambo
9:17 $0.99
9. Contingency (feat. Eric Marienthal)
7:23 $0.99
10. In The Now : Part III (feat. Michael Brecker)
2:45 $0.99
11. It's OK to OD on DKO
4:15 $0.99
12. Ballade : Reprise (feat. Rick Margitza)
4:15 $0.99
13. In The Now : Part IV (feat. Michael Brecker)
5:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
DKO CD "IN THE NOW" is available now and features world-renowned saxophonists MICHAEL BRECKER, RICK MARGITZA and ERIC MARIENTHAL. This stunning new recording presents DKO performing 70+min of spectacular Funk, R&B, Jazz, Fusion, Latin & World Music! All music and lyrics are written and arranged by award-winning composer/trombonist Darren Kramer.

This 3rd CD release is yet again undeniably DKO characterized by its diverse original compositions, brilliant arrangements, tight powerhouse horn section, sensational vocals, intricate rhythms and explosive harmonies. In short, this CD is jam packed with mindblowing Funk/Fusion and is a "must have" for any music fan!

Does your band want to play DKO songs? ALL tracks on ALL 4 Cds are available as charts for small group and big band. BUY NOW at DarrenKramer.Org

MICHAEL BRECKER performs like never before on this DKO masterpiece uniquely classified as "Middle-Eastern Afro-Cuban Flamenco Funk". It's no wonder the Grammy Award-winning saxophonist has chosen this cutting edge epic as his next musical challenge, "IN THE NOW" is a creative mix of Spanish and Cuban rhythms and is a new canvas of sounds for the jazz legend who is continually pushing his limits. (NOTICE: Brecker plays different performances on 3 separate tracks! Each track of "IN THE NOW Part I-IV"is a completely different arrangement utilizing the same melody/chord progression)

RICK MARGITZA is featured on "BALLADE" as his brilliant tone and remarkable upper register grace this creative journey of a composition. The deceptively simple title eludes from this dynamic musical voyage which takes you from intimate jazz club to elegant concert hall to rock sports arena...all in one amazing 6-min crescendo! (NOTICE: Margitza plays on 2 separate tracks!Track 4 "BALLADE" is a completely different arrangement from the much more subtle and haunting Track 12 "BALLADE Reprise". A real gem on this CD!)

ERIC MARIENTHAL is simply mesmerizing on the new DKO track "CONTINGENCY"! It's like Chick Corea Elektric Band with a HORN SECTION... Jazz Fusion at its very best!

DKO "LATIN SUITE" is a well-crafted, three-movement composition that explores new frontiers all the while adhering to Latin tradition. This incredible 20-min suite FEATURES Solo Trombone, 4 Bones (YES - FIVE TROMBONES in all!) 2 Tpts, Piano, Bass, Drum Kit PLUS...A FULL SECTION of AUTHENTIC LATIN PERCUSSION! An astounding new vehicle for Latin Jazz using layers of intriguing rhythms and harmonies that temp the ear from start to finish!



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Brent Smith

Nothing less than perfection
Excellent work Darren.... Your work and efforts are amazing!

For those that don’t know this person named Darren Kramer, he is an incredible talent, composer, arranger, and educator who works harder than anybody I've ever associated with in the music industry.

Incredible compositions and musicians! Let alone, having Michael Brecker (in one of his last performances, if not his last recording) performing your charts on this album – WOW!

Tony Exum, Jr. AP records recording artist

This CD smokes from beginning to end. The horms are unstoppable and Brecker is a master musician as always...

Tony Exum, Jr. AP records recording artist

This CD smokes from beginning to end. The horms are unstoppable and Brecker is a master musician as always...

Paul Mundo

Great Multicultural Sounds and AWESOME Musicianship!
DKO has revolutionized the trombone in pop oriented music. It's always great to see the "Rodney Dangerfield" of the music world in the spotlight! All the best to you DKO!!!!

Charles Eldering

Great album -- very well put together.
I found out about DKO through the Edwards site (horn manufacturer). I'm a trombone player, and this CD represents what a trombone player should aspire to sound like. Great stuff.


Great soloing, tight horn section
This CD is great; the horn section is very tight, the solos are amazing, and the compositions are complex and interesting. I liked Darren's soloing especially on In The Now pt 3. The only downside to the CD is the track It's OK to OD on DKO. I felt this song didn't fit well with the album as a whole, and it also seemed corny and strange to me. Otherwise, a fantastic album.


This CD is awesome! As a trobonist, I find myself listening to this daily. It never leaves my car. The Jazz combo I'm in at school has just a rythm section, a sax and myself (trombone). We're working on a Brecker tune and this just gave me more things to venture on. Worth every penny.

Jeff Malek

Fantastic music from a fantastic composer. The second track will blow you away - I've never heard anything like it. Thanks for another great release DKO!

Bob Cook

Some great musicianship, and outstanding arrangements. The material is very diverse and holds your interest from start to finish. Being a brass player I loved it!

Ryutaro Kawakami

I enjoyed the CD.
I enjoyed the CD. Michael Brecker, you are special person!! And also Rick Margitza too.