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Five of Hearts

by FivePlay Jazz Quintet

Melodic, heartfelt jazz that feeds your soul-eleven knockout originals, including forays into tango and samba, burning uptempo jazz, a wild Balkan ride, a gorgeous gospel waltz, a romantic Ellingtonian ballad, and more!
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Terra Incognita
7:25 $0.99
2. Ting-A-Ling
5:53 $0.99
3. From Time to Time
6:16 $0.99
4. Ha Ha
4:55 $0.99
5. Monsoon Blues
5:33 $0.99
6. Ano Novo
5:24 $0.99
7. Ya Kitis Zaks
3:50 $0.99
8. Summer Dusk
6:06 $0.99
9. Scrim Shimmy
3:01 $0.99
10. Kiss of the Tenor
6:18 $0.99
11. Brother Dave
4:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
Artists' Notes

Laura: This CD, Five of Hearts, is the second one by our group, FivePlay Jazz Quintet. We continue on our quest to make melodic, heartfelt original jazz that feeds your soul.

Four of these tracks were recorded in 2008, the other seven in 2010. The two years between the recording sessions were the most challenging of my life. During that time, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and lost my mother. Throughout all the turbulence and struggles, playing and composing music kept me going, and aided my return to joy and health. I hope the music that came out of it speaks to you.

Tony: Not your typical jazz CD and I hope that's OK with you, because we like variety, dialect, and color. I'm incredibly grateful to be in the delightful company of my darlin' wife and dear friends once again. And I've been thinking a lot about the next CD…

About the Music

The journey starts in Terra Incognita where, just when you think you know what's coming, the road takes an unexpected turn. Ting-a-Ling is an rhythmic, angular burner, starting sparse and building inexorably all the way through. Ha Ha is a retro boogaloo that will get you moving and grooving. Dark, mysterious and minor, Monsoon Blues was written during a long and rainy stretch of California winter. We samba the clouds away with the ebullient Ano Novo. In Ya Kitis Zaks (a clue to its origin: say the title fast), Balkan meets rock & roll and Dave lets loose in a wild duet with Alan. Duke Ellington’s ballads inspired Laura to write the lush and romantic Summer Dusk. Scrim Shimmy takes you back to a simpler, laid-back and swinging time in jazz. Paul and Alan are right in the pocket here. The Kiss of the Tenor is a passionate and dramatic tango sandwiching a sojourn in jazz country. Finally, Brother Dave is a soulful gospel waltz that Tony wrote in memory of his dear lifelong friend, the talented drummer Dave Murtaugh.

From our hearts

We want to thank everyone who participated in making this record, especially Dan Feiszli and Jeff Cressman for their big ears and creative suggestions, Wendy DeWitt, Nancy Lee Andersen, and the folks at Fantasy Studios. Thanks to all of our dear family and friends, and the many wonderful and inspiring musicians that have been part of our lives over many years. Thanks to Yoshi’s, the DJs at KCSM and KPFA (and all the DJs everywhere who aired our first CD), Anna DeLeon, Cathi Walkup, and Lisa Reedy for helping us to get the music out there. And a special thanks to you, our listeners: we couldn’t do it without you!



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Dan Buegeleisen

those who play for real
Beautiful music, expert musicianship and innovative compositions all the way through. Brother Dave is my favorite. Antonio Carlo Jobim and Retha Franklin walk down the aisle together as Miles and Trane look on in approval, children of sounds, like these who play for real, dancing on the front lawns of Sunday morning.


A superb release
All the tunes are originals, and they are so strong! The musicians are exceptionally good, the solo and ensemble playing is excellent, and it all hangs together seamlessly. It's a good solid jazz album, but with variety, heart, and a sense of humor. It's also very well-recorded, and revealing to listen to. Absolutely a winner. I can't wait for the next one.