Eddie Lewis | A Not so Distant Pass

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Dave Douglas Kenny Wheeler Tim Hagans

More Artists From
United States - Texas

Other Genres You Will Love
Jazz: Mainstream Jazz Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz Moods: Instrumental
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

A Not so Distant Pass

by Eddie Lewis

Sometimes dreamy, always expressive, original jazz from the West Texas town of El Paso. This El Paso jazz reunion features a blend of original tunes and freely improvised duos.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Continue Shopping
cd in stock order now
Buy 2 or more of this title's physical copies and get 20% off
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
clip
1. End of the Road
4:47 $0.99
clip
2. El Paso Reflection, Pt. 1
3:08 $0.99
clip
3. Someone's Song
6:19 $0.99
clip
4. El Paso Reflection, Pt. 2
3:44 $0.99
clip
5. I Am Singing With the Lord
5:18 $0.99
clip
6. El Paso Reflection, Pt. 3
4:08 $0.99
clip
7. Living This Way
3:39 $0.99
clip
8. Franklin Mountain Dreamscape, Pt. 1
3:19 $0.99
clip
9. Just Another Wild Night / Jawn
5:23 $0.99
clip
10. Franklin Mountain Dreamscape, Pt. 2
3:37 $0.99
clip
11. Tiger's Eye
7:48 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A Not So Distant Pass is an El Paso Jazz Reunion featuring Eddie Lewis on trumpet, Ruben Gutierrez on piano, Erik Unsworth on bass and Ricky Malichi on drums.

Eddie Lewis lived in El Paso during his "toddler years" as a jazzer. He cut his jazz teeth at jam sessions with Ricky Malichi in the 1980's and Ruben Gutierrez was the pianist in his very first ever jazz combo. Now, almost thirty years after he left EL Paso, Lewis returned to make some music with his mentor and friend.

The first track on the CD, The End of the Road, is symbolically significant. When Lewis told Ricky Malichi that he was leaving El Paso, Malichi said, "you can leave, but they always come back." Even though Lewis has no plans to live in El Paso again, he has indeed returned to his roots in a musical sense.

In El Paso, express triumphs over technique. Whether it be the El Paso Symphony Orchestra or a jazz gig in a club on Mesa Rd, El Pasoans have always dug deep into the expressive side of their art. And Ricky Malichi was right. You can leave that scene, but you will always return to that metaphorical "home sweet home" of artistic and emotional connections.


"As a fellow trumpeter, I’ve always admired Eddie. His command of the instrument is astounding. Great flexibility, range, dynamics, etc. But most importantly, he uses these skills on the trumpet simply as a direct avenue for expressiveness. The instrument rarely gets in the way of what he has to say. Never have I heard this more evident in his playing than on this recording."

"This disk is a mixture of pre-composed pieces—some written especially for this session—and five, as Eddie correctly calls them, “freely improvised” duos. This is the proper term for these duos. Because these pieces are not “free jazz”, they are freely expressed musical conversations; direct communication between himself and his partner in sound. Nowhere is the direct connection between these artists more evident than in these musical vignettes."

"Don’t get me wrong, the pre-composed tunes are fantastic! Nods to Brazil, Coltrane, and Thad Jones, et al are beautiful and thrilling. And the traditional improvisations over the chord changes to these tunes are wonderful. But it’s the juxtaposition of these pre-composed pieces with the freely improvised selections that brings to light the magnificent communication and empathy within the quartet. The total package, if you will."

"In any case, these sounds are beautiful to my ears, plain and simple. I don’t really even hear trumpet, or any other instrument for that matter. I just hear expression and communication. To paraphrase Miles: If you listen, they got ‘cha!"

Rob Alley
June, 2014

Read more...

Reviews


to write a review