Mary Louise Knutson | Call Me When You Get There

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Call Me When You Get There

by Mary Louise Knutson

A collection of inspired, intelligent, and fun arrangements of timeless standards and award-winning originals. A beautiful recording by this pianist's exceptional jazz trio.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tangerine
7:23 $0.99
2. On Green Dolphin Street
5:28 $0.99
3. How Will I Know?
5:56 $0.99
4. Meridian
3:54 $0.99
5. Gone With the Wind
6:06 $0.99
6. Merle the Pearl
4:57 $0.99
7. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
7:44 $0.99
8. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
5:56 $0.99
9. If You Please
3:43 $0.99
10. Call Me When You Get There
5:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Minneapolis-based pianist and composer, Mary Louise Knutson, has been called "one of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time." Her warm, inviting tone, broad range of emotional expression, and distinctive compositions have brought her much recognition on the national music scene. Knutson's debut jazz trio CD, "Call Me When You Get There," charted in the Top 50 in the United States and Canada for eight consecutive weeks and earned her the award for "Top New Instrumentalist of the Year" from KWJL Radio, Palmdale, CA. Its 10 tracks feature her award-winning compositions and signature arrangements of such jazz classics as "Green Dolphin Street", "Gone With the Wind", and "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" and range from the joyful lyricism of "Call Me When You Get There" to the impassioned blaze of "Meridian". Knutson's latest trio CD, In the Bubble, ranked in JazzWeek's Top 10 and remained on the chart for 19 weeks straight. It is also available at CDBaby.

Knutson tours regularly with trumpeter Doc Severinsen and his big band, has also toured the U.S. with her own group, the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, and Italy with vocalist Debbie Duncan. She has performed with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Kevin Mahogany, Nicholas Payton, Bobby Shew, Richie Cole, Greg Abate, Von Freeman, Slide Hampton, Mike Stern, Peter Erskine, Billy Hart, Ed Shaughnessy, and Richard Davis. As a show player, she has performed with Reba McEntire, Jordin Sparks, Michael Bolton, Trisha Yearwood, Sam Moore, Donny Osmond, Smoky Robinson, the Osmond Brothers, and more.

In 2006 Knutson was a Minnesota Music Awards nominee for both Jazz Artist of the Year and Pianist of the Year, and in 2005, she was a Finalist in the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Pianist Competition. In 2004, Knutson was the recipient of Lawrence University's distinguished Nathan M. Pusey Alumni Achievement Award for significant contributions and achievements in a career field.

An acclaimed composer, Knutson has won numerous awards, including two from Billboard magazine for her compositions "How Will I Know?" and "Meridian." "How Will I Know?" was also recorded by Prince's horn section, the Hornheads, for their 5 Heads Are Better Than 1 release on Bone 2 B Wild Music.

Formerly an instructor in jazz piano and improvisation at Carleton College, Knutson teaches privately and conducts a variety of master classes, including Intro to Composition, Freedom From the Written Page: Beginning Improv for Pianists, Jazz Piano in the Big Band: Voicings, Rhythms, and Scales, The Press Kit, and History of Jazz Overview: A Timeline of Styles & Recordings. Her newest master class, Making Sense of Jazz, for non-musicians and/or budding enthusiasts, explores improvisation and typical song forms, as well as explains how jazz musicians communicate on stage.

Knutson can be heard regularly with her group, the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, or as a soloist, at clubs, festivals, and concert halls here and abroad; with area vocalists Connie Evingson and Debbie Duncan; and with a variety of instrumental groups including the JazzMN Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. For more info, please visit:


"Call Me When You Get There is...state-of-the-art piano trio finery."

"Mary Louise Knutson is an excellent pianist whose voicings sometimes recall Bill Evans but who has developed a lyrical style of her own. .....she has a talent for coming up with fresh melodies. This is an impressive disc....."
LA Jazz Scene

"Knutson is the same kind of rookie that Ichiro Suzuki is - a proven winner..."
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"...another example that major labels don't have all the exceptional jazz talent."
Jim Clark, KUSD - South Dakota Public Radio

"Knutson's CD is phenomenal......I'm all over this thing! It's just tremendous.....I'm going to be on this very heavily!"
Ross Gentile, WSIE - St. Louis, MO

"Mary Louise Knutson has to be one of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time. She shows the smoothness and feeling of a Bill Evans (probably the best ever). Her compositions are excellent along with her playing. The performance of the group on the album is superb. Let's hope that this is just the first of many more efforts from this fine artist."
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Knutson's trio also features the talents of jazz bassist, Gordon Johnson who has performed, recorded, and toured extensively as a bassist with such artists as Maynard Ferguson, Chuck Mangione, Paul Winter, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner, Ben Sidran, Stacey Kent, Marlena Shaw, Herb Ellis, Peter Erskine, Manfredo Fest and many others.

Drummer Phil Hey, who plays on six of the CD tracks (2,3,5,6,7,8), rounds out the trio. A New York native, Hey has worked with Kenny Barron, Charlie Rouse, Dewey Redman, and Benny Golson. Since moving to Minnesota, Hey has worked with many visiting jazz greats including Jay McShann, Jane Monheit, Rebecca Paris, and Nneena Freelon.

Drummer, Marc Rio, (tracks 1, 4, 9), has performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally, playing with some of the world's finest musicians including Ron Eschete', Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, Gary Willis, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, and John Entwhistle. An experienced performing and recording artist, Rio also teaches at Music Tech in Minneapolis, following 10 years as Master Class instructor for the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California where he taught big band, jazz, latin, and rock.

And finally, drummer, Craig Hara, (track 10), moved from Los Angeles to the Twin Cities in 1997. While in L.A. he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the California Institute of the Arts. He has performed with The Social Climbers, the Val McCallum Band, the Larry Honda Quartet, Khazé, Reawakening, Rhapsody in Taps, and recorded for motion pictures including Death Wish IV. In addition to playing drums, Craig's primary instrument is trumpet.



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Kevin S

Well balanced and so much talent
Mary Louise Knutson lures you in with the soft, smooth sounds of Tangerine. She hooks you with "On Green Dolphin Street" by getting your fingers snapping. Then, her fingers dance across the keys with such strong and brillant play on Meridian. Had my head bee-boppin' while everyone was jamming on "Things ain't what they used to be" and "If You Please". Finishes up the CD the same as she started it with the soft title track "Call Me When You Get There" (which is played with so much tenderness). Before you know it, you're playing the CD over and over again. A great trio.......each complimenting one another, no amateurs here.....very pleased I purchased this CD.

Cad Delworth, Edinburgh, Scotland

If you love intelligent jazz, BUY THIS!
No gimmmicks, just solid and intelligent playing which runs the gamut of emotions, from the fast frisson of Meridian to the slower, haunting title track.
A mix of MLK's own excellent compositions and standards, there are no 'clunker' tracks here. The standards are given fresh-sounding treatments: no warmed-over rehashes that you've heard a million times before.
And if you ask MLK nicely (via CDBaby of course!), she might even be kind enough to send you a copy of the music for one of her own compositions! And no, I STILL can't play 'Meridian' at all well!

Dick Morse

A wonderfuly relaxing and yet intriging (sp?)style, excellent back-up.
arrangements are great, smooth but not bland...Easy to listen to but also interesting from a musicians culture. Love it


MLK does a fabulous job of reestablishing the classic piano jazz trio.
MLK plays at the level of Bill Evans but with her own fresh interpretations. This is real jazz in the classical sense. not "smooth" or "lite", an enjoyable CD - if only it were available in vinyl! I can't wait for her next release.

Richard Malsack

Outstanding CD! Awesome Service!
I am unable to be a specific music critic, however, this CD was so outstanding that I will be purchasing more of the same CD to be used as Christmas gifts!!! Thanks to the artist and CD Baby for getting this CD in my way!!!

David Haynes

Clean, crisp arrangements, engaging original material
Ms. Knutson has created a collection of accessible and satisfying tunes. The arrangements remain true to the original material while adding her own mixture of thoughtful lyricism and flawless execution. Her own compositions are an unexpected bonus - habit-forming all. Johnson's work on bass is his typical solid and deceivingly straightforward support, never showy but always engaging. Phil Hey also adds a dependable, smart, occasionally sly beat to subtly build just the right foundations. Knutson seems to have found just the right songs for Rio and Hara as well.

All of the original material is good but I especially like the ambiguous sadness of "How Will I Know" and the irresistable "If You Please". The CD also contains a haunting arrangement of "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and a very satisfying "Gone With the Wind".

All in all a CD you can put your feet up with and enjoy over and over.