Kristen Strom | Intention

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by Kristen Strom

Saxophonist Kristen Strom presents her unique repertoire of folk songs, originals and new arrangements of jazz standards, with an emphasis on melody, melodic improvisation and great saxophone playing.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. River Man
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2. The Old Country
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3. Golden Slumbers
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4. Charade
6:32 $0.99
5. Blackbird
5:37 $0.99
6. The Water is Wide
7:00 $0.99
7. Nancy's Eyes
4:31 $0.99
8. Of the Father's Love Begotten
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9. Fool's Circle
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10. Si Beg Si Mor
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11. Two for the Road
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Album Notes
KRISTEN STROM is a busy freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, in demand on saxophone, flute and clarinet.
She grew up in California in a musical household, and was exposed to jazz musicians like Dave Brubeck and Chet Baker.

On "Intention", she shows that influence in her love for beautiful melodies. All of the selections share a strong melody as the springboard for improvisation. From the Beatles' tunes, "Golden Slumbers" and the beautiful soprano sax/ guitar duet on "Blackbird" to folk songs like "The Water is Wide" and the contemporary Nick Drake tune, “River Man", the emphasis is on showcasing melody and melodic improvisation with Kris' beautiful saxophone tone. One of the recording engineers named her "Tone Queen."
The album features some of the San Francisco Bay Area's best musicians, including Scott Sorkin on guitar, Jason Lewis on drums, and John Shifflett on bass, with whom Kris has been playing for many years, and Adam Shulman on piano. The great Nate Pruitt is featured on vocals on "Two for the Road", and Kris's family joins in the choir on "Of the Father's Love Begotten."
Kristen has performed with many well-known artists, including Manhattan Transfer, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, Kevin Mahogany, Jon Faddis, Michel LeGrand, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, The Four Tops, the San Jose Symphony, and the San Francisco Production Beach Blanket Babylon.
Besides her solo album, Intention, she has recorded over 25 CDs with various jazz and pop artists, including Burning Bridges, Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo, Wally Schnalle, John Worley and Worlview, Tim Volpicella, Jennifer Scott and Gail Dobson and four albums with The Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra. Her touring schedule has included performances across the U.S., Canada , Europe and Asia with the Nuclear Whales and others. Kristen is the saxophone instructor at Santa Clara University, is on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and is the Education Consultant for the San Jose Jazz Society.



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Wayne Wallace

The music and playing are thoughtful and deeply soulful.
Kristen Strom’s new CD, ‘Intention’ shows off Kristen’s saxophone artistry in a variety of styles.
The music and playing are thoughtful and deeply soulful.
This is one of my favorite records of 2005.

Susan Muscarella

"An album of beautiful and eclectic music..."
"An album of beautiful and eclectic music -- from exciting, hard
straight ahead jazz to contemplative, poignant selections and all
the best of the best in the Bay Area! Congratulations on a brilliant

Kimberly Reeves-Parker

Fabulous CD, every note is rich and gorgeous.
Kristen Strom's CD, Intention is rich and gorgeous. A beautiful mix of delicate phrasing and bold, meaningful statements sustained by a luscious tone. A wonderful listening experience.

Ann Davis

Kristen Strom's intention was good, as was the result.
Intention was my introduction to Kristen Strom. I almost had to pull over the first time I heard Blackbird on the car radio. She has a good instinct for choosing gorgeous melodies. That, along with her interpretation of these songs hits the sweet spot over and over and over. I always said that a sax in the hands of the right man, pressing against the right lips is a beautiful thing. Huh? What the hell was I thinking? My eyes (and ear) have been opened.