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by Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble

"Changes"--the sixth album from Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble--is an eclectic mix of Latin-jazz, bolero, swing, and ballads.
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1. For the Children
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2. Free Spirit
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3. Changes
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4. Swingin' Mr. Schultz
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5. Suddenly
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6. Scat
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7. In a Quiet Moment
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8. Inside Blues
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JazzWeekly Review

Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble: Changes
by George W. Harris • January 7, 2016 • 0 Comments

Pianist Eugene Marlow leads a team of Bobby Sanabria/dr, Michael Hashim/as-ss, Frank Wagner/g and Matthew Gonzalez/perc through eight warm and agreeable originals on this disc. He’s got a strong and authoritative touch on the piano and displays it on the strutting “Free Spirit” as well as on the bopping duet with Wagner on the title track. Hashim has a warm sound on the alto, and cruises well on the Latin ”For the Children” and goes bel canto on “Suddenly” as well as reflective on “In a Quiet Moment.” Marlow shows his vocal prowess with Wagner on “Scat” and the whole team steams up “Inside Blues” as Hasim’s alto sears like a Cold Steel blade. These guys are fun!

“Changes”—the sixth album from The Heritage Ensemble—is so named for several reasons.

This is the first album by The Heritage Ensemble not based on arrangements and/or original compositions of Hebraic melodies. This album represents, therefore, a significant departure from the Ensemble’s usual repertorial approach. Moreover, no track is based on any extant melody. All the tracks are original compositions.

Second, the title track (#3) is based on the chordal changes to “Beatrice,” a composition by Sam Rivers. In this version there is no specific melody. It is all improvisation in a duo structure: myself on piano, Frank Wagner on bass.

The third change is track #6, “Scat.” This is also a duo, except this track is the only time I have ever recorded myself scatting. This track came about in 2010 towards the end of the first day of a two-day recording session during which we recorded our “Celebrations” (2010) and “A Fresh Take” (2011) albums. As a way of letting off some steam from an intense afternoon recording session, drummer Bobby Sanabria suggested I go into the booth and improvise a scat chorus, “just for fun.” Bassist Frank Wagner accompanied me. I never thought I’d ever use the take (there was only one). But it seems to fit the semi-eclectic nature of this particular album.

True to form of our previous albums, there is style variety among the tracks—from the Latin-tinged “For the Children” (Track #1) and the bolero styled “Suddenly” (Track #5); to the swing styles of “Free Spirit” (Track #2) and “Swingin’ Mr. Schultz” (Track #4); to the pensive “In A Quiet Moment” (Track #7), and the edgy “Inside Blues” (Track #8). “In A Quiet Moment” is dedicated to multi-instrumentalist Mario Rivera (1939-2007) who performed on my first Latin album—“Wonderful Discovery” (2007)--in a group headed by piano virtuoso Arturo O’Farrill. It was Rivera’s last recording session.

With all our releases the album is conceived as a recorded concert: starting with a track to get your attention and finishing with something equally as strong. In between we hope to have presented some music that keeps your interest.

Last, to come full circle, because this album represents some significant changes in The Heritage Ensemble’s repertoire, we launch this newest offering on September 23, the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, when summer turns to fall.


Eugene Marlow, Ph.D.
The Heritage Ensemble
September 2015



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