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



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