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Every Note Counts

by Joe Jewell Quartet

Warm, melodic jazz highlighting inventive electric guitar and brilliant Fender Rhodes on an eclectic selection of tunes.
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Something Special
6:33 $0.99
2. Sunny
4:10 $0.99
3. La Catedral (Prelude)/Estate
8:57 $0.99
4. A Child Is Born
6:26 $0.99
5. Alone Together
5:23 $0.99
6. Back At The Chicken Shack
5:32 $0.99
7. Beatrice
5:20 $0.99
8. I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face
4:29 $0.99
9. While We're Young
6:17 $0.99
10. Dream Dancing
5:15 $0.99
11. In Walked Bud
5:46 $0.99
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About the CD:

It only took five decades, but Joe Jewell has finally released his first CD! The Quartet worked together for two years refining their style and repertoire and were finally ready in 2006 to commit to a recording. By then the music had become sophisticated, cool, fun, and memorable. The sound is unique, capitalizing on the sonic palette created by the electric fretless bass and masterfully played Fender Rhodes. The drumming and percussion provide a solid but creative underpinning for Joe Jewell’s always melodic guitar. The grooves and the stellar Rhodes playing might remind you of the great CTI recordings of the 1970's. Part of the beauty of this CD comes from the eclectic repertoire, which ranges from straight-ahead jazz to R&B to classical guitar; familiar tunes intermixed with many surprises. This is serious jazz but melodic and listenable at the same time. Brilliantly recorded and mixed, it sounds like you are at an intimate concert!

About Joe Jewell:

Dr. Joseph Jewell is a celebrated Southern California guitarist and educator. Equally adept on classical and electric guitar, Joe can be found performing as a featured jazz soloist at the State University of New York Jazz Guitar Festival the week after performing the avante garde concert music of Chinese Composer Tan Dun at the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival. In 2003, Joe completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Guitar Performance at the University of Southern California and is currently Professor of Guitar and Jazz Studies at Fullerton College. Joe has performed with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pasadena Pops, the Long Beach Pops Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Ensemble. Joe’s studio credits include performances on soundtracks for numerous television shows and films and he is featured as a studio guitarist on over 50 commercially available recordings. He has performed in the orchestras for over one hundred musical theater productions. His personal website is

About the Quartet:

Dr. Reed Gratz is a Professor of Music at the University of La Verne. Reed has been awarded a jazz composition grant from the NEA, a research grant in African-American music by the NEH, a Senior Fulbright Lectureship at the University of Innsbruck, and the Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of La Verne. The Fulbright commission recently awarded Professor Gratz the Walt Whitman Distinguished Chair of American Culture Studies at Leiden Universiteit in the Netherlands. Currently, Dr. Gratz is Vice President and Director of Artists & Repertoire, Special Projects - Jazz, World Beat and Pop - for Netunes and has been added to the Advisory Board of The American Jazz Institute. As a pianist, Reed has played with Herb Alpert, George Russell, Buddy DeFranco, Barbara Morrison, Lanny Morgan, Sonny Wilkinson, John Patitucci, Willem Nijholt, Brandon Fields, Jeff Healey and many other internationally-known musicians.

Bassist and composer Baba Elefante is one of the most in-demand bassists in every imaginable style in Southern California. Baba was voted one of the nation's top bass players in a recent Bass Player Magazine poll. Baba recorded on the soundtrack for the Universal film "The Hunted," and has been featured in concert with jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, saxophonists Pete Christlieb, Brandon Fields, and Justo Almario, harmonica legend Lee Oskar, "Yes" keyboardist Patrick Moraz and "Kansas" lead vocalist John Elefante.

Drummer and percussionist, Mike Bennett, has recently been featured in both Modern Drummer Magazine and Drum! Magazine. Mike has been recognized by Downbeat Magazine as a rising young star and Los Angeles Jazz Scene Magazine says that "...his perfectly accented and dynamic drumming makes him a standout." Mike has appeared with artists such as Max Bennett, Tony Franklin, Johnny Blas, Tony Kaye, Ron Powell, Mike Miller, Luis Conte, and Michael O'Neill. Currently, Bennett can be heard on the new drum sample library available from Roland.



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Laurie Bell

Every Note Counts
What a great swinging album! I've been playing it constantly since receiving it and love all of it, particularly the driving interpretation of the Jim hall tune "Something Special". Hey guys, great combo, great playing. Don't hide in the closet for too long before your next release. Thanks also C.D.Baby for your prompt and no fuss delivery all the way over here to Melbourne.

Douglas MacDonald

LA's Gain is Syracuses Loss
I took some guitar lessons from Joe back in 1986 when he was still in Syracuse,NY. I can't tell you how impressed I was with his knowledge of the guitar in particular and music in general. It was an experience I did not forget and often wondered how he was doing. Well,I finally caught up with his work again this year through the web search and this CD. I bought two of them so that I could have one in the car as well as one at home. It is truly wonderful music. I play them constantly. I am looking forward to the next CD and am hoping that the quartet can find its way to a jazz fest in Syracuse one of these days.

Marshall Bowden

Guitarist Joe Jewell holds a PhD of Musical Arts in Jazz Guitar, but don’t let that make you think that he’s a stuffed shirt. Quite to the contrary, his work on his CD Every Note Counts is both musically accomplished and entertaining for the listener. Making his way through a variety of styles, Jewell provides a listening experience that is both pleasant and musically rewarding.

Jewell opens with the Jim Hall composition “Something Special,” and one is immediately put in mind of the classic CTI releases of the 1970s, as Jewell’s warm guitar mingles with the gentle Fender Rhodes of Reed Gratz. Bassist Baba Elefante and drummer Mike Bennett provide subtle yet energetic support throughout. On a funked-up boogaloo version of “Sunny” Jewell demonstrates his ability to play the famous Wes Montgomery octave style, which in the wrong hands can sound clichéd and awful. Jewell pulls it off like Wes himself, though, and Gratz gets in a nice solo as well.

Jewell has plenty of classical guitar training as well, and he works that in on the Augustin Barrios Mangore piece “La Catedral (Prelude),” which he uses as a lead-in to the classic “Estate.” Probably the biggest thing that ties this eclectic recording together is the fact that the tunes were carefully chosen, and are all by composers who have a strong melodic sense and could create interesting harmonic structures. These songs, including Thad Jones’ “A Child Is Born,” Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz’ “Alone Together,” Alec Wilder’s “While We’re Young,” and Cole Porter’s “Dream Dancing,” provide Jewell and company plenty of material to inspire their arrangements and improvisational skills.

Just like those Creed Taylor productions of yesteryear, Jewell’s performances here are smooth, but not because they are simple or lacking in dimensionality. Instead, there is a high level of sophistication and a reliance on excellent musicianship and good recording technique to convey the warmth and intimacy of the performances. And the band proves they can rock out when it’s warranted as they take on Erroll Dixon’s “Back at the Chicken Shack,” a bluesy soul jazz piece that was most famously interpreted by organist Jimmy Smith. Another welcome performance is the modern classic “Beatrice,” composed by Sam Rivers and first heard on his Fuschia Swing Song album. In Jewell’s hands the piece has an easy, swinging lilt that emphasizes the beauty of the melody.

The Joe Jewell Quartet’s performance on Every Note Counts is worthy of attention. In a time when there are many jazz guitarists releasing discs, Jewell’s performance stands out as an all-round pleasure.

Eddie C

Something Special and More
This CD opens with a Jim Hall tune Something Special (which I play over and over) and winds through a nice variety of familiar jazz tunes done very tastefully. The recording is exceptional. Highly recommended.


Wow! What a band.
I've seen Joe play around Los Angeles for years, but never heard him in a band like this. He's burning, as usual (no surprise), but the star is really the band and the choice of tunes. Great interplay among the band members and LOVE that Fender Rhodes!!!! Buy this CD NOW.

Johnny Rotten

The real deal
Yes, the real deal. You gotta check these guys out when they play locally for a real treat. As great as the CD is its even better when you see them live!

Nick Morabito

Diggin' it!
I love CDs like this - you can hear that the guys really enjoy playing with each other and as a unit. Nice tune selection, with excellent interpretations. Highly Recommended!

Jim Murray

Awesome display of talent
After reading the description presented here on CD Baby, I must say that it was worth waiting five decades to hear this masterpiece. The choice of tunes offers something for everyone. The guitar work is superb (and I love Joe like a brother) but the real beauty comes from the energetic synergy of the quartet. This is a classic example of how the unique contribution of the players locked in tightly with each other takes the music to a completely new level. Enjoy and drink it in richly...I truly hope we don't have to wait too long for more from this delightful collaboration.


Innovative, fresh playing!!!!
Joe's playing on this record offers fresh takes on these timeless standards. The interaction between the players is both spontaneous and organic. The chemistry truly feels like a grooving, communicating, cohesive unit as opposed to the commonly taken path of "hired guns" for the session. It is refreshing to hear rare players like Joe who are extending the tradition as opposed to purely endorsing the nostalgia of the "jazz formula"!

Bill DiCosimo

Joe's playing is absolutely exquisite, his group outstanding! This CD is a must for anyone who loves great jazz standards played flawlessly with outstanding interpretation, feel and musicality to the 'nth degree. Every cut is a gem. I am proud to say that Joe is a friend and colleague and I have had the privilege of working with him in the past. Congratulations on an outstanding first release and look forward to your next one!
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