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The Ottawa Sessions

by Pagán Bowman Steever

Straight-ahead originals and classic standards from three renown Kansas City jazz musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lullaby of the Leaves
7:31 $0.99
2. Hebgen Happy Hour
4:55 $0.99
3. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
13:36 album only
4. Owe You Blues
8:31 $0.99
5. Forgotten Space
7:41 $0.99
6. Kalamara Rex
6:04 $0.99
7. C# Minor Tune
5:56 $0.99
8. Just in Tune
7:22 $0.99
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In Michael Pagán's tenth project as a leader, he teams with two luminaries of the vibrant, historically rich jazz environs of Kansas City, Missouri: bassist Bob Bowman, whose credits include work with Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Carmen McRae among others and the brilliant young drummer, Brian Steever, who has established himself as a top-call player in performing and recording with many of the stars of the present day Kansas City jazz scene. These legendary and prodigious side men provide the rhythmic foundation for this set of tracks, three of which are Pagán originals, while Bob Bowman contributed two of his own to this project recorded at Ottawa University in 2014-15. Prior to The Ottawa Sessions, an eighteen-month weekly gig at Piropo's in Kansas City enabled the group to develop a rapport that can only come from accumulated hours of regular playing. The group's opening number, Pagán's arrangement of the classic "Lullaby of the Leaves" receives anything but a lullaby treatment. Bob Bowman's growling yet refined tone and Brian Steever's mix of big hits and underplay seem to establish the tone for the entire album. The Happy Hour Bar on Hebgen Lake, Montana was the inspiration for Bob Bowman's "Hebgen Happy Hour," a funky romp with plenty of bar room attitude. Bob's virtuosity and power are on full display while Brian Steever gets deep into the groove as well. In the often played "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" the group embarks upon a thirteen minute-plus journey with baroque, improvised counterpoint as well as Latin styles. Michael Pagán's "Owe You Blues" is dedicated to his jazz composition students of Ottawa University (Owe You = O.U.), the result of an assignment in blues writing. Brian Steever's free intro/outro was suggested by Bob Bowman at the session. The gentile waltz "Forgotten Space" pays tribute to the Bill Evans masterpiece "Time Remembered" by utilizing much of the same chord progression, only backwards. "Kalamara Rex" is a "straight down the middle of the road" tune written by Bob Bowman (also a faculty member at Ottawa University) in which Brian Steever shines in his shuffle playing and soloing. The bossa ballad "C# Minor Tune" features an improvising Bob Bowman once again, setting up the finale, John Abercrombie's "Just In Tune," a happily swinging occasion for Michael Pagán and Brian Steever to conclude by trading eight and four bar phrases.



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