Josh Rager | Jondo

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by Josh Rager

Modern original music for jazz chamber ensemble. From the lineage of Gil Evans and Miles Dave through George Russell and Oliver Nelson, this music is energetic and swings!
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prodigal Son Suite, Pt. 1
3:28 $0.99
2. Prodigal Son Suite, Pt. 2
7:04 $0.99
3. Jondo
6:28 $0.99
4. Child's Play
4:55 $0.99
5. The Master Waits
4:46 $0.99
6. No Goodbye
8:53 $0.99
7. 3 Legged Dog
4:42 $0.99
8. The Inside Track
6:25 $0.99
9. Summer Night
5:17 $0.99
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Josh Rager is an in demand jazz pianist and composer based in Montreal, Canada. His performances have captured the attention of both critics and audiences alike. Celebrated trumpeter Ingrid Jensen has said: “Josh Rager is becoming one of Montreal’s finest pianists. He’s a thoughtful and sensitive musician whose mature compositions and creative arrangements naturally inspire fine solos from all those involved.”

Jondo is his latest CD release (Bent River Records). On it Josh revisits a classic instrumentation, the nonet, first made famous by Miles Davis on his seminal album Birth of the Cool. Says Rager about the CD “Composing for this instrumentation of 6 horns + rhythm section has given me the opportunity to explore new colours, new textures, new harmonies, that are just not possible with other groups of instruments. My goal was not to make direct reference to any group of the past but to try and build upon the work of the great jazz composers like Gil Evans. I wanted to find my own voice as a composer and also feature the amazing musicianship of some of Montreal’s finest musicians.”

Josh has written 9 compositions and arrangements around an all-star line up of Montreal jazz musicians. The music is melodic, energetic, and harmonically lush.
Says Rager “The title comes from the Spanish vocal tradition Cante Jondo which means Deep Singing. The notion applies to this music because jazz musicians often think in terms of achieving a vocal quality in their improvisations. We are always singing to ourselves and using our instruments as an extension of our voices. Through this music we are singing, blurring the lines between what is written and what is improvised, like the Flamenco vocal tradition.”

Frank Lozano – Tenor Sax, Bill Mahar – Trumpet, Donny Kennedy – Alto Sax, Jean-Nicolas Trottier – Trombone, Cameron Wallis – Bari Sax, Kenny Bibace – Guitar, Dave Watts – Bass, Rich Irwin – Drums, Josh Rager – Piano

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