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I Didn't Know About You

by Gabe Condon

Featuring: Gabe Condon; guitars and vocals; Bill Dobbins, piano; Mike DiMartino, trumpet; Mike Melito, drums; Danny Ziemann, bass; and special guest Phil Keaggy, guitar and vocals.
Genre: Jazz: Post-Bop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Hear a Rhapsody
Gabe Condon
4:24 $0.99
2. I've Never Been in Love Before
Gabe Condon
6:16 $0.99
3. Isfahan, I Didn't Know About You
Gabe Condon
3:56 $0.99
4. How Deep Is the Ocean
Gabe Condon
7:39 $0.99
5. Quicksilver
Gabe Condon
6:19 $0.99
6. Kairos
Gabe Condon
8:19 $0.99
7. It Could Happen to You
Gabe Condon
5:27 $0.99
8. Just in Time
Gabe Condon, Arr. Mike Dimartino
2:45 $0.99
9. Everyday I Have the Blues
Gabe Condon, Phil Keaggy
5:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Liner Notes by Bill Dobbins - professor of jazz studies and contemporary media, Eastman School of Music, and director of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and the Eastman Studio Orchestra

I have had many opportunities to hear Gabe Condon during the past six years while he was completing bachelors and masters degrees in jazz performing and jazz writing, respectively, at the Eastman School of Music. It has been inspiring to hear his rapid development as an improviser as well as his deep assimilation of the musical language of jazz, especially as represented by the lineage of the great jazz guitarists from Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang and Charlie Christian right up to Peter Bernstein and other influential artists who have emerged in recent decades. Gabe has also developed quickly as a jazz writer during the past few years, as evidenced by the 2015 Best Studio Orchestra Arrangement award at the graduate college level from Downbeat magazine. The one original presented here, Kairos (God’s time), is a solid confirmation of his writing abilities. As an arranger, the unusual treatment of the opener, I Hear a Rhapsody, and the imaginative Latin version of How Deep Is the Ocean? Illustrate his creative approach to familiar material.

Gabe has chosen an engaging and varied collection of standards, mostly from the American popular songbook, to showcase his guitar artistry as well as his singing, which is a more recent addition to his creative pursuits that clearly drew some inspiration from the work of Chet Baker. The band he has put together for these sessions consists of some of the finest jazz musicians in the greater Rochester area, all of whom I have had the pleasure of collaborating with over the years.

Mike DiMartino has become a local legend. I first played with Mike during the mid 1970s, just a few years after moving to Rochester from Cleveland. His playing has always reflected great love and respect for the master trumpeters of jazz, and his fluency in relation to this heritage is well displayed here. Highlights include his impressive statement on I’ve Never Been In love Before and his impassioned solo on How Deep Is the Ocean? He also has a creative ear for arranging, as his clever mixture of elements from Thelonious Monk’s Nutty with the melody of Just In Time clearly demonstrates.

Danny Ziemann, who has a musical maturity well beyond his years, completed a bachelors degree in jazz performance at the Eastman School of Music just a few years ago. He understands how to develop melodically compelling bass lines and is always aware of what the soloist is doing, often ready with tasteful and appropriate interaction. His tuneful and swinging solo on Kairos is all the more impressive from a musician still in his early twenties.

Mike Melito is simply one of the most swinging and tasteful drummers I have ever played with. He has a great beat, consistent sensitivity to the dynamics and mood of the soloist and an imaginative use of the different sounds and colors of the drum set. Like DiMartino, he has absorbed the best from the masters of the tradition, while still having achieved a personal and recognizable sound of his own. His solo developed on top of the bass vamp toward the end of How Deep Is the Ocean? and his especially creative four-bar exchanges with the soloists in Kairos amply demonstrate his solo abilities; and his rhythmically infectious and masterful brush work on is a joy to listen to. Not far from my seventieth year, I appreciate more and more the luxury of playing with a rhythm section that really knows the art of accompanying. Throughout this recording Ziemann and Melito are always supportive and responsive, never obtrusive or inattentive.

Having already mentioned a young musician playing well beyond his years, the leader of this session is another clear case in point. From the straight-ahead lines in I Hear a Rhapsody, through the sensitive solo guitar work in the medley of Isfahan and I Didn’t Know About You (a.k.a. Sentimental Lady), to the last sounds of Every Day I Have the Blues; Gabe Condon makes it clear that he’s ready to make a valuable contribution to jazz. With his numerous talents, ranging from guitarist and composer/arranger to vocalist, I look forward to hearing the continuing development ahead and to hearing about the accomplishments and honors that are sure to come. But for now, I suggest that you sit back and listen to the music. I sincerely hope you enjoy it every bit as much as we enjoyed making it.

Recorded by Dave Anderson at Saxon Studios in Rochester, New York (except for I Hear a Rhapsody, recorded by Rich Wattie and Matt Curlee at the Eastman School of Music and Third Strand Music).

Album artwork by Diane Cerrone.

Photo by Nadine Sherman.

Copyright 2015 Gabe Condon (All rights reserved)



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