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by Jay Epstein with Bill Carrothers & Anthony Cox

Innovative drummer Jay Epstein's 2nd disc with pianist Bill Carrothers & bassist Anthony Cox. Of this band, Jazz Times says, “Energetic, sometimes dark and eerie, peak musical moments abound with seasoned artistry”.
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1. Imperial March
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4:48 album only
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2. Ida Lupino
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5:48 album only
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3. N. R. Chi
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3:00 album only
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4. Giza
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6:15 album only
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5. Major Major
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6:01 album only
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6. Moon & Sand
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4:23 album only
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7. White Room
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6:41 album only
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8. Never Let Me Go
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3:51 album only
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9. Pick 3
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1:34 album only
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10. Giza Plateau
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1:17 album only
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11. Midnight, The Stars & You
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6:40 album only
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12. Sgt. Rock
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4:51 album only
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13. For All We Know
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3:01 album only
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14. Maus
Jay Epstein
2:30 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Finally, a follow up to the first Epstein/Carrothers/Cox CD, “Long Ago” (http://cdbaby.com/cd/jayepstein), this new disc reflects the unique directions the trio has taken in their artistic growth. These highly acclaimed jazz masters have come together again to create another beautiful set of music on the GoneJazz Records label. Of this band, Jazz Times says, “Energetic, sometimes dark and eerie, peak musical moments ab-ound with seasoned artistry”. They have a history of cutting edge projects.
Epstein & Cox have played creative music together since the 1970s, and Epstein & Carrothers first started playing in each other’s musical adventures in the 1980s and continue to tour Europe with Bill’s “Armistice Band”.

Easy Company Bios:
Jay Epstein has played in many diverse jazz groups. After college, he studied polyrhythmic concepts in New York City with Barry Altschul, the drummer in Chick Corea's Circle. He has lived in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, and played in house bands for 5 years on several cruise ship lines. His first CD, "Long Ago" featuring Anthony Cox on bass & Bill Carrothers on piano, has garnered luminous reviews in the national press. Some of the notable artists he has performed with include Barney Kessel, Roseanna Vitro, Manfredo Fest, Sheila Jordan, Terry Gibbs, Greg Abate, Claudio Roditi, Gary Foster, Kim Richmond, Vinny Golia, JoAnne Brackeen, Ernie Watts, Wayne Johnson, Karrin Allyson, Kenny Werner, Howard Levy, Toots Thielmans, Avashai Cohen, and Sarah Vaughan.
Selected discography: (Artist / Title / Label): Gypsy “Gypsy” Metromedia (1970), Chris Lomheim "And You've Been Waiting" Igmod, Phil Aaron "I Love Paris" Igmod, Shirley Witherspoon "Where" & "Magic & Love" Hot Springs, Laura Caviani "Dreamlife" Igmod, Dave Sletten/Manfredo Fest "Red Dragon" Igmod, Gordon Johnson "Trios 1, 2, & 3” Tonalities, Klezmerica "Gershwin, The Klezmer", “Jerusalem Of Blue” Frozen Chosen, Avishai Cohen “Fingersteps” Courage Center, Connie Evingson "Secret Of Christmas", “Let It Be Jazz”, “Stockholm Sweetening” Minnehaha, Bill Carrothers “Armistice 1918” Sketch Records (France), Bill Carrothers “Playday” Bridgeboy, Maintime “In The Meantime” Maintime, Nate Brown “North Country Mile” CDNDB, Jay Epstein "Long Ago" Igmod, Framework “Framework” GoneJazz Records

Bill Carrothers has been a professional pianist for over 25 years. He has played many venues throughout the U.S. and Europe including the Village Gate, Knitting Factory, Birdland, Blues Alley, New Morning (Paris), the Audi Jazz Festival in Brussels, the Nevers Jazz Festival (where he shared the bill with Abbey Lincoln), the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim, and the Marciac Festival in France. In October of 2000, Mr. Carrothers headlined the prestigious Rising Star Tour throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.. He has been a leader on 16 recordings, all of which have received critical acclaim. His sideman credits have included some of the greatest names in jazz, including Scott Colley, Buddy DeFranco, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Drew Gress, Tim Hagans, Billy Higgins, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Gary Peacock, Dewey Redman, Charlie Rouse, James Spaulding, Bill Stewart, Ira Sullivan, and Toots Thielemans.

Anthony Cox has enjoyed a career spanning the full spectrum of the jazz tradition. With his warm tone, rhythmic precision, and his able technique, he has performed and recorded with such jazz greats as Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, Joe Lovano, Geri Allen, Gary Thomas, John Scofield, Ed Blackwell, Sam Rivers, Steve Lacy, Uri Caine, and more. He continues to travel the globe dividing his time among composing, touring, teaching, and recording. His debut recording as a leader "Dark Metals", featuring Dewey Red-man, Billy Higgins, and Mike Cain was included in several critics' top-ten lists. His recordings, "Factor of Faces", "Rios", and solo bass “That & This” expand and develop his diverse musical voice.

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Rick Mason - City Pages

Easy Company: Remarkable Sense of Lyricism !
City Pages: June 09, 2009
Jay Epstein with Bill Carrothers & Anthony Cox: Easy Company (GoneJazz 0902)
The company may be easy, but the ideas are complex and the playing especially cerebral on this luminous summit of three of the smartest players on the Twin Cities jazz scene. Drummer Jay Epstein, pianist Bill Carrothers (who now lives on Michigan's U.P.), and bassist Anthony Cox all sport extensive résumés that include innumerable sessions with international, national, and local jazz heavy-hitters. That includes one another, but they haven't recorded as a trio since the widely acclaimed neo-bop nugget Long Ago a dozen years ago.
Easy Company is an admirable follow-up: a sparkling collection of uncommon standards, surprising covers (Cream's "White Room," the Darth Vader theme from Star Wars), a handful of Epstein originals, and a concluding suite that juxtaposes wistfulness with the heart of darkness.
Distinguishing this trio in particular is the remarkable sense of lyricism each brings to the music, with touches so supple that melodies seem to glide off their instruments even while they probe the underlying depths of each piece with an endless array of expressive nuances: Epstein's shimmering cymbal work and clusters of rolling rhythms; Cox's fortuitous feints, alluring tone, and bold bowing; Carrothers's ceaselessly inventive escapades on the ivories. None is ever heavy-handed. Rather, they create sly conspiracies, like the version of John Williams's "Imperial March" that kicks things off. It's lush, almost romantic in spots, the shadowy portent of Vader conveyed by the intricate weave of instruments, culminating in Epstein's subtly frenetic rumble edging out front while Carrothers and Cox lurk nearby.
They follow with a dark, exotic version of Carla Bley's "Ida Lupino," Epstein again splashing the cymbals as if spinning a web of whispers, Cox scampering across with plump commentary while Carrothers ruminates on the melody. On Dean Magraw's spiky "N.R. Chi," Carrothers and Epstein trade jagged bits that flirt with free funk while Cox's pointillist runs settle into spooky, atmospheric bowing under Carrother's stalking piano.
The concluding "Forgotten Soldiers Suite" begins with a bright, nostalgic run through the standard "Midnight, the Stars & You," although Carrothers's fractured chords midway through suggest looming trouble. Sure enough, things get dramatically darker on Epstein's "Sgt. Rock," an unsettling viper's nest of scurrying piano and bass figures, while Fred Coots's melancholy ballad "For All We Know" is nearly as menacing thanks to its deliberate pace and Epstein's hectoring cymbals. The album ends with Epstein's haunting reflection on Art Spiegelman's Holocaust classic Maus, his drums grumbling like distant thunder against Cox's cello-like bowing while Carrother's piano quietly etches a sad, diffident melody.
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