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Jacob Varmus Septet | Aegean

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by Jacob Varmus Septet

Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Elma
Jacob Varmus Septet
6:35 $0.99
2. Areti
5:42 $0.99
3. Phineas
7:12 $0.99
4. Lily
7:46 $0.99
5. Nidal
4:45 $0.99
6. Zeina
8:02 $0.99
7. Lyra (Live)
5:52 $0.99
8. Apostolos & Stelios (Live)
13:16 $0.99
9. Selena
6:08 $0.99
10. Elma (Live)
8:26 $0.99
11. Lyra (Studio)
3:25 $0.99
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Album Notes

Jacob Varmus, cornet and trumpet
Hashem Assadullahi, alto saxophone
Pete McCann, guitar
Leonard Thompson, electric keyboard
Broc Hempel, electric keyboard
Sam Trapchak, bass
Christian Coleman, drums

produced by Apostolos Georgopoulos
recorded, mixed and mastered by Jim Clouse
photography and art design by Donnelly Marks
additional photography by Scott Friedlander

When we think of things to which funders claim naming rights we're more likely to imagine baseball stadiums, symphony halls or museums than musical compositions. But this is the premise behind Jacob Varmus's latest recording for two-keyboard septet, Aegean. The music was completely funded by jazz superfan and patron-he also recently nominated Sonny Rollins for induction to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences- Apostolos Georgopoulos, and each of nine compositions is titled for a family member or close friend of Mr. Georgopoulos's.

The album is a testament to the distinct characters of each of Varmus's tunes.

From over the line, brash humor (Areti), to soulful optimism (Lyra), to pastoral yearning (Elma), to the deceptively simple, slyly developing (Zeina) the tunes are like individuals who despite their vastly different qualities are bound together by the ties of family.

Praise for Aegean:

'an impressive body of work'- Bebop Spoken Here

'Varmus’ compositions are distinct and varied, showing great expression of character and technique, energy and emotion.
The compositions on Aegean are first-rate and the musicianship is second-to-none. It is an album that has landed solidly on my shelf of favorite CDs—to be accessed very frequently.'
-Jazz Times

'A commissioned work to celebrate the lives of various members of the underwriter's family, the versatile jazz/classical trumpet player rose to the challenge to make something artful, meaningful to the backer and fine listening in that it’s clearly arty without being artsy. '- Midwest Records

'one of the finest trumpeters of our time...[in]virtuosity and soul'. Grady Harp, Amazon



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