Julian Gerstin Sextet | The One Who Makes You Happy

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The One Who Makes You Happy

by Julian Gerstin Sextet

Jazz built on rhythms and drums of Martinique, Cuba, Bulgaria and Turkey, with lyrical melodies and creative improvisations by clarinet, trumpet and piano.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Iroko Hop
7:53 album only
2. Polar Bear Meltdown
8:00 album only
3. I Remember It Differently
5:38 album only
4. The One Who Makes You Happy
5:30 album only
5. Kaiman Ka Mode
6:13 album only
6. Child Left Behind
5:25 album only
7. Apprendiendo Como Amar
3:18 album only
8. The King Dreams of Flying
6:48 album only
9. Dig It Deeper
5:43 album only
10. Mongos Lament
6:03 album only
11. Love That Stumbles Across the Earth in Ecstasy
3:52 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Drums from Martinique and Cuba mingle with rhythms of Turkey and Bulgaria in the jazz world of percussionist/composer Julian Gerstin. Living in Martinique for two years, Julian studied the unusual tanbou drum, played with both hands and one foot. To bring this instrument home, he composes music for a jazz setting, where musicians can improvise and create on the basis of tradition. He draws also on his experiences traveling and working with musicians from Cuba, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Egypt. 

Julian’s compositions combine rhythmic drive with melodies that sneak jazz complexity into singable, even catchy, lines. “Dig It Deeper,” for example, weds the Martinican bèlè rhythm with a bluesy, funky melody. The song also includes a quote from the Martinican folk song “Pani pasé lamen oswé-a,” (“We’re not fooling around tonight”), alluding to the island’s heritage of resistance. “The quote gives the composition a depth that Martinican audiences will understand,” Julian explains, “and it fits the mood I wrote in. Besides, I really love that melody." In a similar culture-spanning vein, "Child Left Behind" is a jazz burner built on a Cuban rumba guaguancó, and is followed by the CDs only vocal track, "Apprendiendo Como Amar," played and sung by five of San Francisco's best Cuban percussionists.

To bring these compositions to life, Julian has assembled a powerhouse of creative like-minded musicians. Anna Patton, clarinet, has a grounding in Bulgarian and Macedonian music as well as jazz. Trumpeter Don Anderson is a salsa veteran. Pianist Eugene Uman has worked extensively in Colombia and brings the rhythms of that country to his music. Bassist Wes Brown has spanned the history of jazz styles, working with giants from Earl "Fatha" Hines to Wadada Leo Smith, and drummer Ben James has ranged from rock's Camper van Beethoven to free jazz great John Tchicai.

This is mature, emotionally varied music, finding its home.



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