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Morning Joy

by Josh Levinson Septet

Josh Levinson's music has always been joyful and original and swinging. There is a new depth to these compositions, and a new level of playing by musicians like Jeb Patton, Sam Dillon, Matt Mcdonald Erena Terakubo, Alon Benjamini and Dustin Kiselbach.
Genre: Jazz: Afro-Cuban Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Morning Joy
10:26 album only
2. No Sweat
3:44 $0.99
3. Song for H (Live)
9:34 album only
4. Prayer for Orlando
4:28 $0.99
5. Cats at Play
6:34 album only
6. The Obvious Truth
5:42 $0.99
7. Scootin'
6:38 $0.99
8. H, R, & T
5:43 $0.99
9. Celebration
4:29 album only
10. Potential
5:10 $0.99
11. 'C' Sharpe Was Here
9:25 $0.99
12. Officious Judicious
6:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Morning Joy, the title cut, is a reflection of my mother's unique ability to experience the world, nature, and people with pure joy. All of the horns solo on it, along with Jeb.
No Sweat is straight ahead neo-bop with a beautifully voiced bridge.
Song For ‘H’ is written for my wife Holly. In 5/4, it is a tricky melody with an intricate and well-thought-out drum/bass part.
Prayer for Orlando was inspired by the events at Pulse, the nightclub in Orlando Florida, where 58 people were murdered. It is not maudlin, but instead is uplifting and positive. From hatred and violence come love and creativity.
Cats at Play is swinging and rocking; jazz and rock, an amalgam of simple harmonies and complex rhythms, a combination I have been exploring more and more. Sam Dillon takes an amazing solo on the changes. Sam’s playing is brilliant throughout this CD. He takes his craft seriously, and his flawless technique enables him to articulate his ideas with unfaltering decisiveness.
The Obvious Truth has been a work in process for many years, and I'm now finally satisfied with the tune. It's McCoyish and features great solos by Jeb, myself, Matt, Sam, and a wonderfully pithy statement by the band's bassist, Dustin Kiselbach.
Scootin’ is Herbie funk, circa 1975, around the time The Headhunters were disseminating their unique brand of funk. It features the fender rhodes, a sound I love and which I will definitely include on future tunes.
H, R, and T is a tune inspired by Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams, when they were playing with Miles. They played so loose, while adhering to the song’s chordal foundation. Erena plays a marvelous opening solo on the tune, exhibiting her agile mind and technique, able to navigate her way through the trickiest of harmonic changes.
Celebration is a tune in the mold of Masekela from the CD Elevation. I sing on the out chorus. Jeb takes a coherent solo on this composition, which is long and filled with several changes in rhythmic feel.
Potential is my personal favorite. It is simple yet complicated, jazzy and funky. Great solos by Jeb and Dustin are featured within.
‘C’ Sharpe Was Here was composed to honor the great alto saxophone player Clarence Sharpe, who was fiery and creative and totally overlooked…he deserved to be heard, believe me. He was a joy to hear and play with, and I was lucky enough to call him my friend. Erena is featured on the melody and plays a beautiful solo, followed by Sam Dillon and Jeb Patton. Alon Benjamin precedes the recapitulation with a fantastic solo.
Officious Judicious is a strong statement. A mostly rhythmic A section is followed by a melodic bridge with interesting chord changes. Matt, Jeb, Erena and I play on this tune.

Morning Joy is a document that more than ever expresses my ideas in the way that I thought of them. That is all one can ask—for the music to reflect how I think and feel. I am so grateful to the musicians, who demonstrated a thorough commitment and dedication to making this music sound the way you, the listener, will hear and experience it; soulful, melodic, fiery, and at times, filled with joy.



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