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Blue in Green

by Eugene Marlow

"Blue In Green" is an award-winning 20-track album of 10 jazz poems by 2016 Robert Frost awardee poet Grace Schulman and 10 original jazz compositions by Eugene Marlow performed by various artists and members of Marlow's Heritage Ensemble.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Art Tatum at the Gee-Haw Stable (feat. Grace Schulman)
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2. Nightcap
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3. A Love Supreme (feat. Grace Schulman)
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4. Inside Blues
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5. Blue in Green (feat. Grace Schulman)
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6. Ballad for My Sweetness
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7. The Broken String (feat. Grace Schulman)
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8. The Romance Is Gone
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9. Street Music Astor Place (feat. Grace Schulman)
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10. Street Drummer
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11. Cool Jazz (feat. Grace Schulman)
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12. Oh, Yeah?!
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13. Shadow (feat. Grace Schulman)
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14. Free at Last
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15. God Bless the Child (feat. Grace Schulman)
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16. Where Are You Now?
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17. Thelonius Himself (feat. Grace Schulman)
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18. Send My Regrets
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19. Yellow (feat. Grace Schulman)
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20. Blues for Chris Albertson
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Blue In Green" was released on April 30, 2019, International Jazz Day. April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). April also happens to be Poetry Appreciation Month.

Dr. Grace Schulman, a Distinguished Professor of English at Baruch College (City University of New York)--who contributed the jazz poems in this album--will be inducted in the American Academy of Arts and Letters on May 22, 2019.

"Blue In Green: Original Compositions by Eugene Marlow Inspired by the Jazz Poems of Grace Schulman" has been selected to be part of the National Audio Theatre Festivals Playhouse's 2019 PODCAST PALOOZA at the 2019 HEAR Now Festival. The Festival's podcast pages opens the day of the Festival, June 6, 2019, and runs through August 1, 2019.

"Blue In Green" is a March 2019 recipient of a Silver Medal Award from the Global Music Awards.

The inspiration for "Blue In Green" is “The Jazz Poems of Grace Schulman” (MEII Enterprises 2017). Poet Schulman is the 2016 Robert Frost awardee from the Poetry Society of America. Numerous jazz musicians are referenced in Schulman’s poems: Art Tatum, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Billie Holliday, Bill Evans, and Thelonious Monk, as well as classical violinist Itzhak Perlman and Danish author Chris Albertson. The challenge was to create compositions that reflected—in whole or in part--the content or tone of each of Schulman’s 10 jazz poems.

The 10 compositions chosen for this album were created 60 years apart. For example, “Nightcap” (Track 2)--the first jazz composition I ever wrote (in 1958)--has never been performed or recorded. Jazz virtuoso pianist ArcoIris Sandoval does it justice. On the other hand, “Street Drummer” (Track 10) is an improvised drum solo by multi-Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria recorded in one take on October 28, 2018.

“Ballad For My Sweetness” (Track 6)—featuring a glorious solo by saxophonist Michael Hashim--was also recorded in one take, a fitting complement to the “one take” phrase in Grace Schulman’s accompanying “Blue In Green” poem.

I originally composed and recorded “Free At Last” (Track 14) for solo piano in 1978. For this album the piece was re-orchestrated for flugelhorn, electric bass, snare drum with brushes, and accordion to give the track a “Paris” context to fit Schulman’s poem “Shadow.”

“The Romance Is Gone” (Track 8) is a composition for solo piano that appears on my first classical release “Les Sentiments D’Amour, ” an album of 20 character pieces for solo piano (MEII Enterprises 2006). For this CD I orchestrated it for piano, bass, and electric violin (“The Broken String”). Violinist Sutin improvises on top of the original chords.

“Inside Blues” (Track 4) originally appeared on “Changes” (MEII Enterprises 2015). While Schulman’s poem mentions Coltrane’s soprano saxophone, on this track Michael Hashim plays an alto. “Where Are You Now” (Track 16) and “Send My Regrets” (Track 18) appear on my inaugural album “A Summer Afternoon With You” (MEII Enterprises, 2005). Both fit Schulman’s accompanying poems.

“Oh, Yeah?!” (Track 12) was recorded by the Harold Danko Quartet in the mid-1980s, but never released. It has been edited to accommodate the overdubbed muted trumpet solo by Rachel Therrien. It is about Miles.

Enjoy.

Eugene Marlow
2019

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