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Dark Water

by Larue Nickelson

An album of original compositions with elements of modern jazz, Brazilian, and Americana featuring group improvisation as a primary focus and unifying element.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dark Water
LaRue Nickelson
7:16 $0.99
2. Ojoyousone
LaRue Nickelson
5:14 $0.99
3. Hey Mr. Porter
LaRue Nickelson
5:26 $0.99
4. Globular Dominatrix
LaRue Nickelson
6:50 $0.99
5. Robert and Rhoda
LaRue Nickelson
7:04 $0.99
6. Ed's Tune
LaRue Nickelson
5:24 $0.99
7. Things I've Lost/Prochain Arret
LaRue Nickelson
8:14 $0.99
8. Wifalot
LaRue Nickelson
4:53 $0.99
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LaRue Nickelson is a jazz guitarist and composer from the Tampa Bay area. He has had a varied and diverse music career with many different groups. LaRue has played in New York, Italy, South Africa, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Montreux, and California as well as staying very busy doing festivals and clubs in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Orlando, and Sarasota, Florida areas. LaRue has performed with Rich Perry, Peter Erskine, Jeff Berlin, Ira Sullivan, Ingrid Jensen, Don Braden, Rufus Reid, Sheila Jordan, Hank Marr, David Leibman, Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, Chick Corea, Conrad Herwig, Robbie Ameen, Giovanni Hildalgo, Gary Versace, Walt Weiskopf, Frank Foster, Mike Maineri, Adam Nusbaum, Steve Davis, Marcos Cavalcante, Patrick Bettison, Eric Darius, and Mike MacArthur. He has also recorded with Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, The Michael Ross Quartet, Greenwich Blue, Shawn Ashby, Kristen Lomholt, Mark Gould, and Cory Christiansen. As well as recording and performing, LaRue is also a composer with almost 40 compositions to his credit, many of which have appeared on recordings by Greenwich Blue, The Michael Ross Quartet, and his own projects. His first solo project titled Dark Water has just been released featuring his original compositions. There are also some other recording projects in the works with Tom Brantley, Chuck Owen's tribute to Michael Brecker, and Tom Carabasi featuring the music of Patrick Bettison. He also has written for two Mel Bay anthologies. He is the jazz guitar instructor at the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa, FL with his beautiful wife, Joy, and his slightly less attractive cat, Ornette.



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Tom Brantley

"Come On in, the water is fine"
Original, with warmth, beauty, sincerity, and not a hint of pretentiousness. From a "jazz" standpoint, flawless playing from everyone on the project. Chops, without them being in your face. So refreshing! As Ellington and Louis Armstrong use to say "there are two types of music, good and bad". This music is just wonderful. The writing and the playing makes it obvious that they are not worried about whether they are making real jazz or not. They are just makeing beautiful lines of art without worrying about anything accept just that!
Music form the heart and soul. Bravo!

Dive In Head First
Now, I'm not an expert on jazz music but I can tell you that this selection of instrumental compositions is rich with evocative melodies and drenched in atmosphere. Guitarist and composer LaRue Nickelson has a wonderful gift of selecting intriguing intervals to construct his organic and emotive songs. Your ears immediately perk up on the initial tension and release of the first few notes of "Dark Water". LaRue's guitar is always skilled and impressive but never self important or showy. Always conscious of his place in the song, his playing enriches the composition. His dedication to the song and not to the ego is made apparent by the next tune,"Ojoyusone" in which he propels the band on classical guitar while the melody and solos are played by Jeremy Powell on the sax and Patrick Bettison on piano. Jeremy and Patrick are both incredibly talented writers and instrumentalists and shine throughout the CD. Joe Porter and Steve Davis round out the band on bass and drums respectively and both get a chance to shine on the next song "Hey, Mr. Porter" which features what is to me (not a jazz expert) a very classic, cool jazz, swinging head possibly in the vein of Miles Davis. This sharply contrasts the open, modern sound of "Globular Dominatrix". There's a lot of tension in the harmonics of this tune and the soloists push at the edges stretching it to it's limits. "Robert And Rhoda" has an appealing and instantly memorable melody. What begins rather humbly builds to a sizzling heat, driven largely by the percolating drums and playful interactions of the soloists. Guitar and sax share the melody of "Ed's Tune". The groove settles into an insinuation of a bossanova for pianist Patrick Bettison to take the spotlight before giving way to LaRue. Here are couple of the best solos on the CD. "Things I've Lost/Prochain Arret" really shows LaRue's ability to compose beautiful and unique melodies These tandem pieces of music work wonderfully together and there is even a tag on the end which features another chord progression and melody which could be a song of it's own. The final tune, "Wifalot", dedicated to LaRue's wife Joy, has a gentle playful melody and puts a perfect punctuation mark at the end of a gorgeous CD saturated in melody, interesting harmonic atmosphere and excellent musicianship.