Kirsten Edkins | Art & Soul

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Art & Soul

by Kirsten Edkins

Soulful, straight ahead jazz with a fresh perspective.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Big B
5:36 $0.99
2. Good Blood
6:00 $0.99
3. Mean Greens
5:31 $0.99
4. Soul Eyes
4:07 $0.99
5. Imagineering
5:25 $0.99
6. The Bug
4:49 $0.99
7. Stomping Ground
4:51 $0.99
8. Art & Soul
5:15 $0.99
9. No Ordinary Joe
7:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
Produced by Bob Sheppard
Larry Goldings- Piano, B3
Larry Koonse- Guitar
Mike Valerio- Bass
Mark Ferber- Drums

Also, Mike Cottone- Trumpet
Ryan Dragon- Trombone
Bob Sheppard- Saxophone (track 5 and Bass Clarinet tracks 2, 6)

Watch for album review in Downbeat magazine February 2016 for updates

Album liner notes written by jazz great, Joe LaBarbera
"With the release of Art & Soul, Kirsten Edkins has arrived. What a great start to a
bright and creative future for her and for us, the listeners. From the relaxed
funky start of “Big B” to the closing statement of “No Ordinary Joe”, the music
sparkles with texture and feeling that reaches out and grabs you. Kirsten’s
sound on tenor, soprano and alto sax is big, warm and assured with a rich
vocabulary that breathes with ease and expression. She has wisely assembled
an outstanding group with the help of her mentor and friend Bob Sheppard who
produced this project. Each track presents a new perspective on Kirsten’s talent
and varied influences both in writing and stylistic approach. Staying true to her
individual voice, the recording maintains cohesiveness throughout while
demonstrating dedication and authenticity to her jazz lineage.
Music offers those of us who perform many rewards, but none greater for me
than when Kirsten composed "No Ordinary Joe" as a dedication to my band’s
influence in her development. Growing up in the Los Angeles area, her personal
approach has become a refreshing and frequent voice heard in ensembles large
and small. So welcome Kirsten Edkins, and congratulations on this first of
hopefully many CDs to come. Also kudos to producer Bob Sheppard and
recording engineer Talley Sherwood for their excellent work on this project. I
for one will look forward to hearing a lot more from Kirsten and her great band
in the future."



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