Ken Schaphorst Big Band | How to Say Goodbye

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How to Say Goodbye

by Ken Schaphorst Big Band

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Ken Schaphorst leads an all-star jazz orchestra, featuring Ralph Alessi, Uri Caine, Chris Cheek, Donny McCaslin and Matt Wilson.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. How to Say Goodbye
7:50 $0.99
2. Blues for Herb
6:55 $0.99
3. Mbira 1
8:25 $0.99
4. Green City
5:24 $0.99
5. Amnesia
6:48 $0.99
6. Take Back the Country
5:54 $0.99
7. Float
7:35 $0.99
8. Mbira 2
6:22 $0.99
9. Global Sweat
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10. Descent
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Album Notes
If there’s a theme to this recording, it’s my relationship to the community of artists who have inspired me over the years that I’ve been composing and playing music. The musicians who played on this recording include many friends who I’ve known since I put together my first big band over 30 years ago. As time goes on, I realize how much these relationships have influenced me, how much I rely on these individual voices.

I’ve also had the luxury of working with many tremendously talented students at Lawrence University and New England Conservatory over the last 25 years. And these pieces have been profoundly influenced by my interactions with these young artists. It only seems right that three members of the band—Brian Landrus, Michael Thomas and Jeremy Udden—were students of mine at NEC.

“Blues for Herb” and “Take Back the Country” are memorials to two of my mentors, Herb Pomeroy and Bob Brookmeyer. “Blues for Herb” was influenced by Herb’s playing as well as his love for the music of Duke Ellington. In “Take Back the Country,” I was thinking specifically of Bob Brookmeyer’s playing with Gerry Mulligan, and the unique blend of jazz and American folk music that they tapped into. I was also thinking about Bob’s frustration with American politics. “How to Say Goodbye” was composed for John Carlson, but it seems like an appropriate title for this recording as a whole, which owes so much to the lessons I’ve learned from mentors who are no longer with us.

Thanks to New England Conservatory for granting me a sabbatical during the fall semester of 2014, which allowed me the time to reflect and prepare for this recording. Thanks to James Farber and Avatar Studios or their help during the recording and mixing process. Thanks to all of the amazing players who brought my music to life. And thanks my family—Ellen, Zach and Max—for their continuing love and support.

Ken Schaphorst



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