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Two Seasons

by Dave Hill

Contemporay Jazz- Melodic Jazz- Smooth Jazz accesibilty but more deep in compositions and playing style..
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Remembering You
7:25 $0.99
2. Two Seasons
9:21 $0.99
3. If You Don't Care Anymore
8:14 $0.99
4. Mayso
7:39 $0.99
5. Workin' On Your Thing
7:51 $0.99
6. When We're Together
6:39 $0.99
7. Pack a Lunch
8:44 $0.99
8. Teite
7:20 $0.99
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Album Notes

In a musical age driven by a cookie cutter, hit single mentality, where the powers that be do everything to pigeonhole artists to fit into simple categories, Dave Hill goes joyfully out on a limb to celebrate the true adventurous spirit of contemporary jazz. Ensembling powerfully with some of the most exciting and innovative performers on the L.A. scene, the veteran guitarist offers a richly textured mix of beautiful melodies and energetic improvisations on his independently released debut Two Seasons. Realizing that the spirit of truly great music can't always be so tidy and contained, Hill digs deep into his Wes Montgomery influence with a modern approach and comes up with an eclectic experience to create the ultimate player's project.

Familiar to fans in Southern California for his numerous club and festival dates with keyboardists Scott Wilkie and Gregg Karukas (who performs on four of the eight tracks), Hill's first solo collection is a natural extension of his increasing visibility as a spotlight performer. Two Seasons features contributions by regular Hill bandmembers Adam Cohen (bass), Tim McIntyre (drums), Bill Fulton (piano) and Kevin King (keyboards), in addition to additional guest performances by tenor saxophonist Andy Suzuki, bassist Ernest Tibbs and longtime Rippingtons' drummer Dave Karasony.

"My main objective is to reach the listening public with thoughtful, well played music and the assurance that I'm a new artist with a strong, constantly developing vision of what I believe the essence of jazz to be," says Hill, whose other influences include Pat Metheny, John Scofield and, going back to his earliest childhood memories of jazz, pianist Vince Guaraldi. "I write music to communicate with people, so it's a balance between the heavily melodic and improvisational."

Each moment of the 60 plus minutes of Two Seasons invokes a unique mood and vibe, beginning with the thoughtful and cool electric melody that introduces the opening track "Remembering You." Karukas' elegant piano melody eases the tune into an easy swinging, then more aggressive jazz mode, with Hill strutting his stuff over Cohen and McIntyre's increasingly intense rhythm patterns. Other stand out numbers include the title track "Two Seasons", which lives up to its multi-faceted promise, breaking laid back and melodic with a lush Hill/Suzuki interaction before Hill turns his electric axe loose for some explosive rock fusion; the tune also includes Karukas' unmistakable shimmering electric piano and tasteful playing. Hill brings the party to a later point in the evening with the bluesy haunting ballad "If You Don't Care Anymore," . Later on in our journey, we swing to a different mood with the Bill Evans inspired "Workin' On Your Thing," which features the beautiful vibes of Billy Hulting. Shifting gears again, we find the easy strutting "Pack a Lunch," which opens gently and then picks up steam as it finds its stride in the chorus. And again later, Karukas drives the harmony of another brilliant Hill ballad, the dreamy, hypnotic (and magnificently restrained) "When We're Together," .These moments are just some the many that seamlessly flow from track to track as you enjoy the moods and experiences of Daves' influences and yet comes out as totally fresh and honest.

"A native of Kent (near Seattle), Washington, Dave Hill moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80s to pursue his musical dreams, which have been realized alternately as a popular composer, sideman, studio musician and guitar instructor at his alma mater, the Musician's Institute in Hollywood. Over the past two decades, he has played rock, blues, country, classical and jazz, and has performed with such top jazz legends and contemporary artists as Frank Gambale, Jimmy Earl, Max Bennett and Jeff Kashiwa.

His two highest profile smooth jazz associations in recent years have led him to sharing stages at the Pasadena Jazz Festival and Inglewood Jazz Festival (with Gregg Karukas) and touring in Central and South America (with Scott Wilkie), in addition to hundreds of club dates in Southern California. His inimitable guitar work can also be heard on pianist David Lanz's 2002 hit Finding Paradise and Newport Nights, the new Native Language Music release by keyboardist Theo Bishop. Other resume highlights include a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival while barely in his teens.

With the release of Two Seasons, Hill most fully realizes his potential as a jazz performer and artist. "I love the creation process and feeding off the spontaneity of a live band," he says. "I've always gravitated towards jazz because only jazz gives you the kind of freedom all musicians long for As great as it is playing with this caliber of musicians, the real fun is performing with a deep sense of musicality, melody and taste for fans who come out to hear you. I write my music with an eye towards taking them on a journey, transporting them to a new place they could never have imagined. Making music for me is all about creating those kinds of experiences."



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Mel Solis

Excellent Jazz Guitar Player
I discovered Dave Hill's CD- Two Seasons, while listening to samples of other CD's on the CD Baby website. If you like jazz guitar at it's finest, with both wonderful melodies and excellent improvisation, check out this CD. This man can PLAY.

D.J. Fazio

He steps into the spotlight and delivers a most impressive CD...
Dave Hill is a guitarist's guitarist....Brimming with epic-style songs, he bridges the worlds of contemporary and straight-ahead jazz... He steps into the spotlight and delivers a most impressive CD... A beautiful ensemble recording

Irene Wadkins/jazz journalist

Hill's excellent guitar puts the cap on this excellent and well conceived eight

Bruce Von Stiers

"Two Seasons" is an album not to miss
"Two Seasons" is an album not to miss... He plays wonderfully and his music will delight any smooth jazz fan. He has surrounded himself with top tier musicians whose playing greatly complements the guitar on the album.