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2+2

by Greg Carroll & Michael Pagán

This project represents a swinging, soulful, cerebral, creative, and spiritual collaboration between two masterful artists with Greg Carroll playing Vibes, Marimba, Percussion and Drums, and Michael Pagán on Piano, Keyboard and Bass.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Subir E Cair
Greg Carroll & Michael Pagán
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2. Wunderbar
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3. Deep in My Soul
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4. Siena
Greg Carroll & Michael Pagán
7:08 album only
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5. GC
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6. Oak Tree
Greg Carroll & Michael Pagán
5:50 album only
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7. One Year Later
Greg Carroll & Michael Pagán
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8. Hawk Watcher
Greg Carroll & Michael Pagán
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9. Now's the Time: To Pay for Jazz
Greg Carroll & Michael Pagán
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
About the Artists...
When a writer receives an assignment to do liner notes, they rarely personally know the artists. However, in this case, I have had the pleasure knowing both these artists for the last ten years.

Kansas City Missouri has always been accepted as the birthplace of modern-day jazz and musical innovation. It is only fitting that when something as unique and musically courageous as the, Greg Carroll/Michael Pagán Duet Project “2+2” comes along, it would be from two “KC” based musicians.

Greg Carroll and Michael Pagán have employed not only their huge musical skills, but also their instrumental diversity and technical prowess to create an album where the two of them, by “doubling” on alternative instruments have created the classic jazz quartet and it’s worthy of note that six of the nine tracks are originals, composed by Greg and Mike.

Let me tell you a little more about these two amazing artists!

Greg Carroll (Vibes, Marimba, Drums & Percussion)
With seemingly endless energy, Greg Carroll has achieved an impressive list of accomplishments as an executive, “in demand” musician, educator, guest artist and clinician.

From 2007 till 2015 Greg Carroll was CEO of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City Missouri, which he successfully guided for eight years. Before that, Greg was the Director Of Education for the International Association of Jazz Education and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado @ Boulder. He is currently President & Founder of Midnight Blue Jazz, LLC – a global jazz & executive consultancy providing creative, scholarly, and strategic services.

Greg’s work on the vibes is so richly melodic. He takes me on musical journeys to surprising places I didn’t expect to go. (“Wunderbar”, “Subir E Cair”)

Michael Pagán (Piano, Keyboard & Bass)
I first met Michael when he was performing at festivals and special events for the American Jazz Museum and then became their Director of Marketing and Communications.

Dr. Pagán is also deeply involved in education as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Ottawa University in Kansas. Michael - a pianist, composer, arranger and conductor, has produced over 150 compositions and arrangements with roots mostly in jazz. Four of the tracks on this CD are his compositions.

Michael Pagán’s playing is passionate and articulate. He lets his music do the talking. His solos in tracks “GC” and “Wunderbar” say it all!

Whatever the instrumental configuration, this 2+2 collaboration with Greg and Mike highlights the range and unique talents of both of these two extraordinary and creative musicians. Enjoy the journey!
- Bob Barry, Jazzography
Author of John Pisano’s Guitar Night - A Pictorial History.
Mr. Barry is a renowned music industry and jazz photographer based in Los Angeles, CA.

About the Music...
The set opens with Pagán’s Subir e Cair (Rise and Fall in Portuguese), a Latin-tinged excursion of ascending and descending harmonies.

Wunderbar is a musical salute to my new-found jazz brothers and sisters in Hannover Germany. Their laid-back demeanor, swinging vibe and hospitality inspired the melodic line. The minor key reflects the sense of calm I experienced during my nine-day residency while spiritually connecting with the horrific tragedy the city must have faced in the wake of the final bombing stages of WWII. It was an event that decimated a large percentage of their bustling city.... now one that’s truly a Wunderbar “Swinging Hannover.”

Deep In My Soul was part of a suite of pieces commissioned to highlight the art exhibit, Reflections of Jazz at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. Throughout this track, the title is implied by the melody, almost like a prayer. Greg Carroll’s conga drums added a special flavor to this one.

Tom Knific’s gorgeous waltz, Siena, is dedicated to his wife, Renata Artman Knific, and was written while the composer was living and studying amid the ancient charms of that city.

GC, written especially for the occasion of this project, celebrates the long, strong friendship between Greg Carroll and Michael Pagán. Besides the obvious use of those notes in the tune, I like to think of those letters as standing for “good company.”

TJ Martly’s Oak Tree is a contrafactum on the early Miles Davis tune Milestones (not the modal one) and our first musical nod to Bird who ironically played tenor sax on that seminal 1947 recording. Metaphorically, the tune represents how Bird is the Oak Tree to bebop disciples… his acorns.

Richly orchestrated with Roland keyboard strings, electric fretless bass, and a “Manieri-styled” vibraphone, One Year Later was composed on the one-year anniversary of the passing of my mother Mary Anna Carroll - known to us all simply as MOMMA. Musically, the piece lay’s down a typical 6/8 gospel pallet aligning nicely with her life’s rhythm. The 7th bar of each melody section is a lyrical homage to the sadness we still feel one year later - every year.

Hawk Watcher was written just prior to the birth of this project and thus was a fitting addition to the program – an angular yet graceful nod to the gorgeous red-tailed hawks that grace our region – let us not take their beauty for granted!

Based on the celebrated standard of arguably jazz’s most important technician, Now’s The Time…to pay for jazz is our second salute to Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. The arrangement contains a lite motivic rendering that conveys our deep appreciation to Bird and a timely social message. In the end, it’s all about fun and swing. Something Bird taught us all who are still chasing his genius.

- Notes by Greg Carroll and Michael Pagán

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