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Sonic Paragon

by Jay Lawrence

A quintessential paradigm and pinnacle of jazz music drawing from New York to New Orleans, Bop to Brazil, and Hip-Hop to Swing.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Full Moon in Havana (feat. Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, Harry Allen & Romero Lubambo)
6:38 $1.29
2. What'll I Do (feat. Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, Harry Allen & Anthony Wilson)
5:08 $1.29
3. Vamonos (feat. Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, Terell Stafford, Harry Allen & Yotam Silberstein)
7:32 $1.29
4. Slide (feat. Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, Anthony Wilson, Terell Stafford & Harry Allen)
7:06 $1.29
5. Maria (feat. Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, Harry Allen & Romero Lubambo)
5:38 $1.29
6. Dayspring (feat. Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, Harry Allen & Romero Lubambo)
6:51 $1.29
7. From Nadir to Zenith (feat. Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, Harry Allen, Terell Stafford & Anthony Wilson)
4:18 $1.29
8. Sonic Paragon (feat. Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, Harry Allen & Anthony Wilson)
6:26 $1.29
9. Tchoupitoulas (feat. Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, Terell Stafford, Harry Allen & Yotam Silberstein)
5:16 $1.29
10. Golden Ratio (feat. Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, Harry Allen & Yotam Silberstein)
5:59 $1.29
11. Crosstown Traffic (feat. Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, Harry Allen & Yotam Silberstein)
4:41 $1.29
12. My Winsome Consort (feat. Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci & Harry Allen)
5:39 $1.29
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Album Notes
"Drummer Jay Lawrence gathered together an impressive all-star group to perform swinging originals (all but one are his with one being co-written) and inventive versions of two standards and Jimi Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic” (turned into a straight ahead uptempo romp). The colorful music covers a variety of moods and tempos ranging from the rhythmically catchy “Tchoupitoulas” and the cheerful “My Winsome Consort” to an infectious modernized version of “Maria.” Among the most memorable moments are Renee Rosnes’ sly Monkish solo on “My Winsome Consort,” Terrell Stafford’s riotous plunger mute chorus on “Slide,” Romero Lubambo pushing the rhythm on “Maria,” and the leader’s drum breaks on the Latinish “Vamonos.” Harry Allen’s tenor is a major part of the group’s sound throughout, the three guitarists each have spots to shine, and how can one beat John Patitucci on bass? Sonic Paragon is worthy of many listens; there is a lot to discover in this music."

-Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books

Jay Lawrence, (freelance musician, composer, educator) operates LIJA Music Inc., is the percussionist for the MT Pit Orchestra, co-owns the Jazz Hang record label with colleague Ray Smith, and is the drummer for the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra. Lawrence graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science degree - Summa Cum Laude. He has been a member of the adjunct faculties at Brigham Young University (1996 to present), University of Utah (24 years), Snow College (1998 to present), and other Universities.

His vast professional experience began when Lawrence joined The Musicians Union (A. F. of M.) at the age of fifteen. In Reno, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas, Nevada hotel/casino show bands, Jay performed with many celebrities, including: The 5th Dimension, Paul Anka, Vikki Carr, Cher, Roy Clark, The Coasters, Natalie Cole, Vic Damone, Sammy Davis Jr., Barbara Eden, Michael Feinstein, Andy Gibb, Englebert Humperdink, Tom Jones, Ben E. King, Gladys Knight, Rich Little, Loretta Lynn, Ann Margret, Maureen McGovern, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli, The Moody Blues, Anthony Newley, Lou Rawls, Charlie Rich, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Jr. and Nancy Sinatra, Red Skelton, Dionne Warwick, Raquel Welch, Mary Wilson, and many others.

Former President of the Salt Lake Jazz Society, Lawrence has also performed with many jazz artists, including: Shelly Berg, Brian Bromberg, Kenny Burrell, Cyrus Chestnut, Pete Christlieb, Dee Daniels, Eddie Daniels, Carl Fontana, Al Grey, Don Grolnick, Roy Hargrove, Milt Jackson, Hank Jones, Carol Kaye, Mark Levine, James Moody, Andy Narell, New York Voices, Nicholas Payton, John Pizzarelli, Tom Scott, Bobby Shew, Byron Stripling, Tierney Sutton, Clark Terry, Stanley Turrentine, and Phil Woods.

Many award-winning recordings have been recorded by Jay, including albums with Bob Mintzer, Andy Martin, Joey DeFrancesco, Mike Stern, Eddie Daniels, Chuck Findley, Ellis Hall, Natalie Cole, Rodney Jones, Reggie Thomas, Ron Blake, Rodney Whitaker and others. The Jay Lawrence trio’s Thermal Strut on OA2 Records featured Tamir Hendelman and Lynn Seaton and received critical acclaim in Percussive Notes, Jazz Times, and other magazines. Jay’s 2012 recording, Sweet Lime, released on Jazz Hang Records, reached number 7 on the Jazz Week Radio Airplay charts. It features Bob Sheppard and John Clayton. Lawrence also soloed on Kaskade’s Grammy Nominated album Atmosphere. He has toured throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, the South Pacific and the Caribbean with luminaries such as Chris LeDoux, James Moody, Liberace, Enoch Train, and The Osmonds.

Lawrence has recorded film scores and trailers for the following motion pictures: The Sandlot, 101 Dalmatians, Army of Darkness, Double Impact, Eulogy, Flubber, Frank and Jesse, Gettysburg, Hercules, Huck Finn, Jumanji, Mighty Ducks 2, Nightmare on Elm Street- Part VII, Stargate, Surviving Picasso, The Swan Princess, The Three Ninjas Kick Back, U-57, and Saturday's Warrior.



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Isaiah Stewart

Awesome Album (!!!)
Jay Lawrence's masterful drumming has always been phenomenal and this impressive album, featuring an all-star stellar cast of amazing guest artists that include John Petitucci, is no exception. In addition to the wonderful and overwhelming top-rate musicianship from all the members of the band, all the song choices and compositions are melodic, catchy and first rate - to say nothing of the incredible arrangements, which are both brilliant and innovative. This album is truly a "paragon" that delivers the goods "sonically" ... exciting jazz, smooth swing, upbeat latin, cool funk grooves and dreamy ballads - with musical influences from coast to coast. HIGHLY recommended (!!!)