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The Garden Above

by David Wells Tony Gaboury Steve Grover

The music of this trio is at times spacious, swinging, free, textural, intimate and always melodic.
Genre: Jazz: Neo-Bop
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1. Rise and Shine
5:19 $0.99
2. Do I Love You
7:10 $0.99
3. 33 Degrees
4:44 $0.99
4. Big Foot
5:16 $0.99
5. The Waiting Game
8:09 $0.99
6. The Garden Above
5:03 $0.99
7. The Freedom Suite Part I
5:58 $0.99
8. The Freedom Suite Part Ii
7:12 $0.99
9. The Freedom Suite Part Iii
2:51 $0.99
10. The Freedom Suite Part Iv
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Album Notes
Invisible Music Records presents the debut CD of the jazz collective featuring David Wells, Tony Gaboury, and Steve Grover entitled “The Garden Above”. This recording features original compositions, standards, and jazz compositions, including a unique interpretation of Sonny Rollins extended piece “The Freedom Suite”. The music of this trio is at times spacious, swinging, free, textural, intimate and always melodic.

"This music is where their hearts are...The Garden Above is an album of real depth...[an] adventurous release by three veteran musicians who have reached a new level of individual and collective freedom."- Up Beat, 10/06

"...every song on this album provides serious food for thought... In the title track, the melody line is so lyrically delivered you can almost hear a spoken word piece in the deep background... This trio prov[es] they’ve got a sense of adventure, and it’s that quality that makes this disc stand up to many repeated listens. You find something new every time." -Sam Pfiefle,The Portland Phoenix, 10/21/06

"...the focus is on creativity...They travel jazz's mainstream through interpretations that feature cohesive interplay as well as extended soloing. Based in Maine, the trio...has a unified voice that relies heavily on deep-rooted feelings."- Cadence, 3/07

“…enlightened interplay…a band that jazz fans new and old should hear.”- Steve Feeney, Good Times Magazine 7/05

David Wells, tenor saxophone: Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, saxophonist David Wells is a bright light on the Maine jazz scene. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Joe Henderson, Bob Mintzer and other artists. Prior to moving to Maine in 2002, David was living in London, participating in the jazz scene there. Since moving to Maine, David has been teaching and performing in the wider New England area. He currently resides in Westbrook, ME.

Tony Gaboury, guitar: Tony is a highly regarded guitarist and educator currently teaching at The Berklee College of Music. He has performed with many jazz artists, including Bruce Saunders, George Garzone, John Patittucci, Chris Potter, and many others. Tony’s own CD “Empathy” is on Invisible Music Records. He resides in Portland, ME.

Steve Grover, drums: Steve has led jazz groups in the New England area since the mid 1980’s. A Maine native, he teaches at The University of Maine at Augusta, Bowdoin College and Bates College. In 1994, Steve won the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz/BMI Jazz Composers Competition, and in 1996 was a winner in JAZZIZ Magazine’s “Percussion On Fire” talent search. Steve has released five CDs to critical acclaim, with reviews appearing in Down Beat, JazzTimes, and Cadence magazines. In addition to performing with his own groups and with clarinetist Brad Terry, Steve has performed with Eddie Gomez, Chris Potter, Greg Tardy, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone and many others. Steve lives in Farmingdale, ME.



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Bruce Saunders

Amazing interplay, wonderful musicianship, great recording.
This is a wonderful recording. The first thing I noticed is that the recording sounds great - it's a very organic, fat sound and mixed really well (Peter Kontrimus-engineer). Musically, no one is the leader here - it really sounds like a group instead of a session. Everyone in the group seems to be playing for the sake of the band and all three are playing off the space left by the absence of the bass in a wonderful way - as well as just playing on a incredibly high level. The tunes flow naturally, great writing on the originals and the tune selection is inspired. 5 stars.